56 days in Africa Itinerary

56 days in Africa Itinerary

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56 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  24 h
1
Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 5 nights
Bus:  7 h 30 min
3
Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5 h
4
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  15 h 15 min
6
La Digue Island, Seychelles
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  16 h
9
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
10
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  7 h
11
Hermanus, South Africa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h
12
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: San Diego, United States

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Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada ©
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mosque El Mina Masjid and Egypt Booking. Get outdoors at Sharm El Naga and Swim with Dolphins. Next up on the itinerary: choose your vessel at Cinderella Diving Center El Gouna, soak in style at Turkish baths, see the vivid underwater world at Careless Reef, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hurghada road trip site .

San Diego, USA to Hurghada is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Hurghada to be somewhat warmer, around 80°F, while days are much hotter, around 100°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Sharm El Naga ©
Sharm El Naga
Turkish Baths

5
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh ©
An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ras Um Sid and Al Mustafa Mosque. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Heavenly Cathedral and Na'ama Bay. Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach, get outside with Only One Apnea Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 100°F in June, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

3
nights
Saint Catherine, Egypt

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
Visiting Mount Sinai and The Cascades at Soma Bay will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Catherine's Monastery and Wadi Hammamat. When in Saint Catherine, make a side trip to see moses pool in Al Tur, approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Ras Mohommed National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios), enjoy the sea views from Daedalus Reef Lighthouse, and stroll through Jackson Reef.

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You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Saint Catherine in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in June: high temperatures in Saint Catherine hover around 88°F and lows are around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Sea and Sinai, Al Tur, Ras Mohommed National Park
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Ras Mohommed National Park ©
Ras Mohommed National Park

5
nights
Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elphinstone Reef and Sharm El Luli. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin House Reef (Sha'ab Samadai) and Abu Dabbab Beach. Spend the 5th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Mubarak, head outdoors with Oceans Red Sea Marsa Alam, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and kick back and relax at Gebel El Rosas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marsa Alam trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Saint Catherine to Marsa Alam in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Saint Catherine in July, expect Marsa Alam to be a bit warmer, temps between 96°F and 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Abu Dabbab Beach ©
Abu Dabbab Beach
Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Medinet Habu and Temple of Horus at Edfu. Change things up with a short trip to Kanais in Edfu (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina), appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue of Sphinxes, and pause for some photo ops at Colossi of Memnon.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Luxor travel planner.

Getting from Marsa Alam to Luxor by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Marsa Alam in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor: temperatures range from 106°F by day to 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Digue Island.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Edfu
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Tomb of Ramses III
Tomb of Ramses III
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu

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nights
La Digue Island, Seychelles

La Digue Island ©
La Digue Island remains a relatively unknown vacation destination, offering very few tourist facilities and an exotic though largely undeveloped coastline.
We've included these beaches for you: Spiagge di Anse Marron and Anse Coco Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Petite Anse and Curieuse Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Petite Anse Kerlan (in Anse Kerlan) and Praslin Island (Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, Anse Volbert, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Anse, explore the gorgeous colors at Big Sisters Private Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anse Pierrot Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Digue Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Luxor to La Digue Island takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Luxor to La Digue Island due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Luxor in July: highs in La Digue Island hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Baie.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Praslin Island
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Petite Anse Kerlan ©
Petite Anse Kerlan
Grand Anse ©
Grand Anse
Spiagge di Anse Marron ©
Spiagge di Anse Marron

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nights
Grand Baie, Mauritius

Grand Baie ©
Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
Step out of the city life by going to Ilot Gabriel Beach and Mont Choisy Beach. Relax by the water at Pereybere Beach and Plage de Trou aux Biches. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Baie side-trips: Belle Mare Beach (in Belle Mare), Poste Lafayette (Post Lafayette Beach & Bras d'Eau Public Beach) and Ile Plate Beach (in Cap Malheureux). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Pointe Bernache, stroll through Anse La Raie Beach, and admire the natural beauty at SSR Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Baie trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight from La Digue Island to Grand Baie in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and car. In July, Grand Baie is slightly colder than La Digue Island - with highs of 76°F and lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Chamarel.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cap Malheureux, Poste Lafayette, Pamplemousses, Trou aux Biches, Grand Gaube
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Plage de Trou aux Biches ©
Plage de Trou aux Biches
Mont Choisy Beach ©
Mont Choisy Beach
Ile Plate Beach ©
Ile Plate Beach

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nights
Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Morne Brabant and International Slave Route Monument. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Le Morne Beach and Flic en Flac Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamarel: Heritage Nature Reserve (in Bel Ombre), La Cambuse Beach (in Le Bouchon) and Blue Bay Beach (in Pointe d'Esny). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black River Gorges National Park, look for gifts at Rhumerie de Chamarel, contemplate the waterfront views at Underwater Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gris Gris Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chamarel tour planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Baie to Chamarel takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Le Morne, Mauritius, La Cambuse Beach, Heritage Nature Reserve, Flic en Flac Beach
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Heritage Nature Reserve ©
Heritage Nature Reserve
Le Morne Brabant ©
Le Morne Brabant
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park

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nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Take a break from the city and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and hike along Lonely Bull Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Chamarel to Kruger National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Chamarel to Kruger National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chamarel in July: high temperatures in Kruger National Park hover around 59°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes

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nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Visiting Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Wilderness Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brenton on Sea and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. When in Plettenberg Bay, make a side trip to see Knysna Heads in Knysna, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and play a few rounds at Goose Valley Golf Club.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Plettenberg Bay takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Kruger National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Wilderness Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Strandveld Vineyards (in Elim), Robertson (Springfield Estate Winery & Esona Boutique Wine) and Marloth Nature Reserve (in Swellendam). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and steep yourself in history at Kassiesbaai.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip builder tool .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 47°F in Hermanus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Arniston, Robertson, Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Strandveld Vineyards
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Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kassiesbaai ©
Kassiesbaai

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island and Boschendal Wine Estate. Venture out of the city with trips to The Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek), Pulpit Rock Wine (in Riebeek-West) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's much more to do: stroll through Clifton Beaches, contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and experience rural life at Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town visit planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Cape Town sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate, Pulpit Rock Wine, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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