54 days in Africa, China & Japan Itinerary

54 days in Africa, China & Japan Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive to Nairobi, Fly to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Fly to Hendrik Van Eck Airport, Drive to Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 6 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
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Beijing, China
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jardin Majorelle and Jemaa el-Fna. Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip itinerary tool.

Manchester, UK to Marrakech is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Manchester in February, you will find days in Marrakech are much hotter (23°C), and nights are a bit warmer (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

Nairobi, Kenya

— 3 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Bring the kids along to Nairobi National Park and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nairobi visit site.

Getting from Marrakech to Nairobi by flight takes about 16 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Nairobi is 3 hours. Traveling from Marrakech in February, things will get a bit warmer in Nairobi: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 5 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 10th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 11th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. It doesn't end there: stroll through Mara North Conservancy.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve online itinerary planner.

Fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in February; daily highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 nights
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Family-friendly places like Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and River Rafting & Tubing will thrill your kids. Spend the 18th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls attractions planning app.

Getting from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Victoria Falls by combination of car and flight takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Victoria Falls due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 6 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Kruger National Park and Kumbaya Home Decor will thrill your kids. Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to iNyoka Art Gallery in Hoedspruit, about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 25th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

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Explore your travel options from Victoria Falls to Kruger National Park with the Route module. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 27:

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.
Kids will enjoy Cape Point and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and stroll through Llandudno Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Town day trip planning website.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Cape Town by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 6:

Hong Kong, China

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Lantau island, contemplate the long history of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Hong Kong takes 18 hours. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in March, expect nights in Hong Kong to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 13:

Shanghai, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Attractions like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, and make a trip to Jin Mao Tower.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai travel planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March, Shanghai is slightly colder than Hong Kong - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

Tokyo, Japan

— 7 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tokyo Sea Life Park, and visit Odaiba District.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Shanghai to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 23:

Beijing, China

— 4 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Kids will enjoy Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of The Palace Museum, hit the slopes at Jundushan Ski, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Beijing trip planning website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Beijing in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Beijing, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.