42 days in Africa Itinerary

42 days in Africa Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 3 nights
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Principe, Sao Tome and Principe
— 1 night
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Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe
— 4 nights
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Luanda, Angola
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 night
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Cairo, Egypt
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 5 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Spend the 6th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech road trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Marrakech. Expect slightly colder evenings in Marrakech when traveling from Los Angeles in March, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bissau.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 7:

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

— 3 nights
Looking out from the Geba River across the Atlantic Ocean, the little-known capital of Bissau offers the authentic experience of a West African fishing port.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Bissau, then browse the exhibits of Museu Nacional, and then ponder the world of politics at Presidential Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau, admire all the interesting features of Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bissau tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Marrakech to Bissau in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Marrakech in March, with highs in Bissau at 95°F and lows at 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Principe.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:

Principe, Sao Tome and Principe

— 1 night
Life slows down in Principe, and visitors appreciate the laid-back vibe.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): cast your line with Makaira Adventure and then stroll through Banana Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Principe trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Bissau to Principe in 21.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sao Tome.

Things to do in Principe

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:
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Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe

— 4 nights
São Tomé is the capital city of São Tomé and Príncipe and is by far the nation's largest town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Tome: Bombaim Waterfalls (in Bombaim) and Museu do Mar e da Pesca Artesanal (in Morro Peixe). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of National Museum, discover the deep blue sea with Snorkeling Sao Tome e Principe, get outside with Praia Micondo, and stroll through Lagoa Amelia.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sao Tome online travel route planner.

You can fly from Principe to Sao Tome in 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Luanda.

Things to do in Sao Tome

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

Luanda, Angola

— 4 nights
After decades of conflict, Luanda experienced a massive economic boom at the beginning of the 21st century, making it one of the most developed cities in Africa and a magnet for tourists.
Step out of Luanda with an excursion to Kwanza River in Muxima--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, get engrossed in the history at Museu Nacional da Escravatura, head off the coast to Ilha do Mussulo, and admire all the interesting features of Mausoleum of Agostinho Neto.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Luanda online holiday planner.

You can fly from Sao Tome to Luanda in 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sao Tome to Luanda. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in March, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Luanda

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town vacation planner.

You can fly from Luanda to Cape Town in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Luanda in March, with highs in Cape Town at 78°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Maputo.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 26:

Maputo, Mozambique

— 2 nights

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Inhaca Island. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Fortaleza of Maputo, admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tunduru Botanical Gardens, then learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, and finally admire the striking features of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Maputo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Maputo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in March; daily highs in Maputo reach 89°F and lows reach 71°F. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

Arusha, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip planner.

You can fly from Maputo to Arusha in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Maputo to Arusha. Traveling from Maputo in March, things will get a bit cooler in Arusha: highs are around 81°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 2 nights
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then take in the dramatic natural features at Olduvai Gorge.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ngorongoro Conservation Area road trip planning website.

Getting from Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Seronera. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Mara River and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool.

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Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Kigali, Rwanda

— 1 night
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kigali trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Serengeti National Park to Kigali with the Route module. Traveling from Serengeti National Park to Kigali, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Kigali are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 4th (Mon), you're off to Cairo.

Things to do in Kigali

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:

Cairo, Egypt

— 7 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, &more). Spend the 8th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, and explore the activities along Nile River.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kigali to Cairo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kigali in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 11:

Sao Tome and Principe travel guide

3.6
Nature & Parks · Outdoor Activities · Museums
Center of the World
The island nation of Sao Tome and Principe encompasses a volcanic chain that gives it its distinctive topography. The beaches that ring the islands remain some of the main places to visit in Sao Tome and Principe, with many hidden, deserted strips of sandy coastline serving as perfect getaways for those looking to escape the everyday grind. Much of the nation remains unexplored by tourists and undeveloped, making the lush rainforests and volcanic peaks of the interior particularly atmospheric hiking destinations. The laidback Creole culture of the main towns won't take too long to get used to, but it might take a little longer to get shake off after you return home.

Angola travel guide

3.7
Museums · Lookouts · Outdoor Activities
Kuwait of Africa
Tourism in Angola thrives as the country's infrastructure develops and attractions are restored following years of internal conflict. Holidays in Angola usually involve at least a little time at the beach, with the Atlantic coastline featuring long stretches of sand, wide estuaries, and small islands close to the main cities. A wealth of national parks shelter a rich array of wildlife, including African icons such as lions, elephants, and leopards, with barely a tourist in sight to disturb the natural order of things.

Mozambique travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.