16 days in South Africa, Cairo & Luxor Itinerary

16 days in South Africa, Cairo & Luxor Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa, Cairo & Luxor Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 day
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 1 night
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
5
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Newark, United States

1
day
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Khan Al-Khalili, Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, Egyptian Antiquities Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, then see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairo trip itinerary maker app .

New York City, USA to Cairo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Cairo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 93°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Khan Al-Khalili ©
Khan Al-Khalili
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ©
Mosque of Muhammad Ali

1
night
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Luxor trip planner .

Getting from Cairo to Luxor by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in September, expect nights in Luxor to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 103°F. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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2
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take a stroll through Islamic Cairo and then take a stroll through Coptic Cairo. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, explore the ancient world of Giza Plateau, then examine the collection at Musee de la Barque Solaire, and finally view the masterpieces at Sondos Papyrus.

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Fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Luxor, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Coptic Cairo ©
Coptic Cairo

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Great Synagogue and Iziko South African National Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Groot Constantia and Maclear's Beacon. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Cape Town takes 13.5 hours. Traveling from Cairo in September, things will get colder in Cape Town: highs are around 68°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): try your luck at Emperors Palace, steep yourself in history at Union Buildings, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, you will find days in Johannesburg are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). You will leave for Kruger National Park on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Emperors Palace
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Safaris
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll around Nkuhlu Picnic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip planner .

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to South Western Townships. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Cradle of Humankind, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then explore the galleries of Nelson Mandela Foundation, and finally try your luck at Montecasino.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in September since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, The Cradle of Humankind
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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