20 days in Africa Itinerary

20 days in Africa Itinerary

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20 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  17​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
4
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Giza, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

4
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.
Visit Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Eikehof). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, do a tasting at High Constantia Wine Cellar, get engrossed in the history at Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online road trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Cape Town, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Cape Town. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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 (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then view the masterpieces at Kim Sacks Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip builder tool .

Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Praslin Island.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

2
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Escape the urban bustle at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and Anse Georgette. Get some cultural insight at Galerie Passerose and Rita's Art Sudio & Gallery. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Anse Lazio, kick back and relax at Anse Volbert, and step off the mainland to explore Curieuse Island.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Praslin Island trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Praslin Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Praslin Island is 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, expect nights in Praslin Island to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve ©
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
Curieuse Island ©
Curieuse Island
Anse Lazio ©
Anse Lazio

2
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Let the collections at Luxor Museum and Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, make a trip to Tomb of Queen Nefertari, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Ramses VI, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Luxor day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Praslin Island to Luxor takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Praslin Island to Luxor due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Praslin Island in May, you will find days in Luxor are a bit warmer (45°C), and nights are slightly colder (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Valley of the Queens
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Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

2
nights
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, then steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx, and then examine the collection at Musee de la Barque Solaire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Mastaba of Mereruka, make a trip to Step Pyramid of Djoser, and then delve into the distant past at Memphis Historical Site.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Giza trip planner .

Getting from Luxor to Giza by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in May, you will find days in Giza are little chillier (38°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saqqara, Memphis Historical Site
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser

3
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Let the collections at Marrakech Museum and Boucharouite Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palacio da Bahia and Koutoubia Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Medina of Marrakesh, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marrakech trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Giza to Marrakech by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Giza to Marrakech, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Giza in May, Marrakech is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

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