30 days in Africa Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
Fly to Conakry, Drive to Freetown
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 2 nights
Drive to Freetown, Fly to Abuja
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Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly to Seronera, Taxi to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
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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 3rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Marrakech road trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Marrakech, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Marrakech: highs are around 80°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Freetown.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Freetown, Sierra Leone — 2 nights

Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the galleries of National Railway Museum, then kick back and relax at Lakka Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at River Number Two Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Freetown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Marrakech to Freetown takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Marrakech in April: highs in Freetown hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 78°F. On the 8th (Mon), you're off to Abuja.
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Abuja, Nigeria — 2 nights

The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at An Noor Mosque and then make a trip to Abuja National Mosque.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Abuja trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of car and flight from Freetown to Abuja in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Freetown to Abuja is 1 hour. April in Abuja sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 5 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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

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Traveling by flight from Abuja to Cape Town takes 15.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Abuja in April: highs in Cape Town hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, then contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and then try to win big at Montecasino.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Johannesburg online trip builder.

Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania — 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ngorongoro Conservation Area using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Arusha.
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Arusha, Tanzania — 1 night

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 20th (Sat), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Arusha visit planner.

Drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha in 3.5 hours. April in Arusha sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nairobi.
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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.
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of African Heritage House, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nairobi itinerary builder.

Getting from Arusha to Nairobi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Addis Ababa.
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — 2 nights

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
On the 24th (Wed), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then examine the collection at The Africa Unbound Museum.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa online trip planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Addis Ababa in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nairobi in April since evenings lows in Addis Ababa dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cairo.
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Cairo, Egypt — 5 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: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). And it doesn't end there: visit Islamic Cairo, examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairo trip site.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Cairo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Addis Ababa to Cairo is minus 1 hour. In April, Cairo is somewhat warmer than Addis Ababa - with highs of 84°F and lows of 62°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Morocco travel guide

4.2
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.
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Sierra Leone travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Tourist Spots
Rich in history, natural wonders, and picturesque landscapes, Sierra Leone remains an unappreciated destination largely thanks to the impact the civil war of the 1990s had on the country's international reputation. The coastal areas offer easy access to fine sand beaches and offshore islands, little explored by foreign visitors and therefore unspoiled by commercial tourism. The capital, established by freed slaves from the Caribbean, represents a popular starting point for trips to Sierra Leone, with a colorful look to it, a lively atmosphere, and good onward connections to the mountains of the north and mangrove swamps and rainforest to the east.
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Nigeria travel guide

3.7
Art Galleries · Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls
Naija
With the largest population and economy on the continent, Nigeria plays a big part in the rise of African tourism. The country's cities and villages provide a glimpse into a culture rich in musical and culinary heritage. Visitors on vacation in Nigeria tend to explore the southern and central regions, where the lively urban areas give way to a wealth of protected rainforests and river deltas, home to traditional communities with proud and distinct cultural traditions.
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
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.
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Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.
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Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.
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Egypt travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Ruins
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.
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