42 days in Africa Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
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Cairo, Egypt
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
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Accra, Ghana
— 2 nights
Fly to Freetown, Drive to Freetown
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 2 nights
Drive to Conakry, Fly to Dakar
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Dakar, Senegal
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Marrakech, Morocco — 6 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 4th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, and steep yourself in history at Koutoubia Mosque.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech online visit planner.

New York City, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, you will find days in Marrakech are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairo road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Cairo takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Cairo is 2 hours. Traveling from Marrakech in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 75°F in Cairo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Addis Ababa.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Tibeb Leather Works, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Addis Ababa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Addis Ababa. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairo in September; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Nosy Be.
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Nosy Be, Madagascar — 2 nights

Perfume Island

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Ambaro Ranch, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mont Passot. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Sakatia.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nosy Be journey planning site.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Nosy Be in 7.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in September: high temperatures in Nosy Be hover around 88°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Maputo.
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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 17th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Tunduru Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at Museu dos CFM, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Tours Maputo, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fundacao Fernando Leite Couto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): stop by Daqui! Produtos Regionais and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with Mozambique Scuba.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Maputo online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Nosy Be to Maputo in 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nosy Be to Maputo. Traveling from Nosy Be in September, expect nights in Maputo to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.
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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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town tour planner.

Getting from Maputo to Cape Town by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Maputo in September, with highs in Cape Town at 68°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 3 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Explorer Club, and finally admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Livingstone travel planning app.

You can fly from Cape Town to Livingstone in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in September; daily highs in Livingstone reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. You will leave for Arusha on the 28th (Sat).
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Arusha, Tanzania — 3 nights

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Spend the 29th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Make the 1st (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, browse the eclectic array of goods at Masai Central Market, and see the interesting displays at The Tanzanite Experience.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Arusha trip builder app.

Getting from Livingstone to Arusha by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Livingstone in September, expect nights in Arusha to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nairobi.
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Nairobi, Kenya — 4 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 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, surround yourself with nature on ToKenya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and stop by Utamaduni Craft Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nairobi vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Nairobi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at An Noor Mosque and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bature Brewery. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Thought Pyramid Art Centre and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Abuja online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Abuja takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nairobi to Abuja, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nairobi in October, with highs in Abuja at 85°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Accra.
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Accra, Ghana — 2 nights

On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Artists Alliance Gallery, stop by Vidya Bookstore, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery 1957, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ghana, and finally examine the collection at Wheel Story House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Ohene Cocoa Eco Tourism and then browse the exhibits of Nubuke Foundation.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Accra trip planner.

You can fly from Abuja to Accra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Abuja to Accra is minus 1 hour. In October in Accra, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Freetown.
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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 10th (Thu): explore the galleries of National Railway Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hausa Mosque, then step off the mainland to explore Bunce Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamiul Atique Fourah Bay Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Sierra Leone Peace Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George's cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Freetown trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Accra to Freetown in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Freetown can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dakar.
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Dakar, Senegal — 1 night

Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dakar online trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Freetown to Dakar in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Dakar, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

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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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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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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Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.
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Mozambique travel guide

4.1
Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
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.
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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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Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.
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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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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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Ghana travel guide

3.6
Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.
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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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Senegal travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Generous Country
Senegal boasts plenty of natural and cultural attractions to make it attractive to an international audience. The buzz surrounding the Senegalese music scene is justified, with mbalax dance music particularly popular and influential internationally. Street markets in the main towns, overlooked by the minarets of attractive old mosques, remain among top attractions in Senegal--they're ideal spots to get to know the local culture and eat and shop like a native. The wide river deltas rich in wildlife provide an alternative for visitors looking to escape city life and discover the country's natural charms.
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