21 days in Africa Itinerary

21 days in Africa Itinerary

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21 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Algiers, Algeria
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Djerba Island, Tunisia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Tripoli, Libya
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
4
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
5
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Khartoum, Sudan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
N'Djamena, Chad
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
8
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Glasgow, United Kingdom

2
nights
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers
Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Tassili n'Ajjer. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique, examine the collection at Musee National du Bardo, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma, and explore the world behind art at Le Musee National Des Beaux Arts.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Algiers sightseeing tool .

Glasgow, UK to Algiers is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Algiers is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Glasgow in May; daily highs in Algiers reach 29°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Djerba Island.

Things to do in Algiers

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Tassili n'Ajjer
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Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique
Musee National du Bardo ©
Musee National du Bardo

2
nights
Djerba Island, Tunisia

Djerba Island ©
Explore pristine beaches and charming villages on a vacation on Djerba Island, a small island in the Gulf of Gabes known for its Berber population.
Djerba Island is known for parks, museums, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Ghriba Synagogue, stroll through Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce, make a trip to Dar Jilani La maison des Arts & Metiers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sentido Djerba Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Djerba Island trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Algiers to Djerba Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Djerba Island when traveling from Algiers in May, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Djerba Island

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce ©
Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce
El Ghriba Synagogue ©
El Ghriba Synagogue
Ksar ben Ayed ©
Ksar ben Ayed

1
night
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Street Murals, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sidi Abdul Wahab Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurgi Mosque, then ponder the world of politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), and finally delve into the distant past at Nalut ruins.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tripoli trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Djerba Island to Tripoli takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nalut ruins
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Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©
Gurgi Mosque ©
Gurgi Mosque
Nalut ruins ©
Nalut ruins

2
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, wander the streets of Islamic Cairo, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairo trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tripoli to Cairo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tripoli in May: highs in Cairo hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, look for gifts at Secret Of Egypt, and buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairo in May, Sharm El Sheikh is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Khartoum.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

2
nights
Khartoum, Sudan

Khartoum ©
Situated at the meeting point of the White and Blue Niles, the sprawling capital Khartoum captivates with its welcoming atmosphere, chaotic marketplaces, and extravagant skyline punctuated with glass towers.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Khartoum War Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Khalifa House Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nilian Mosque, then examine the collection at Sudan National Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Mojo Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, then stroll around Mogran, then admire all the interesting features of University of Khartoum, and finally browse the exhibits of Sudan Art Diwan.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Khartoum day trip app .

Fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Khartoum in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May, expect Khartoum to be somewhat warmer, temps between 48°C and 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to N'Djamena.

Things to do in Khartoum

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Omdurman
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Sudan National Museum ©
Sudan National Museum
Khalifa House Museum ©
Khalifa House Museum
University of Khartoum ©
University of Khartoum

1
night
N'Djamena, Chad

N'Djamena ©
Chad's capital and largest city, N'Djamena serves as the main port on the Chari River, and a hub for livestock, grain, and salt.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Big Market Marché central, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque N'Djamena, then don't miss a visit to Avenue Charles de Gaulle, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée National du Tchad.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our N'Djamena trip planner .

You can fly from Khartoum to N'Djamena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Western African Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in N'Djamena sees daily highs of 47°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in N'Djamena

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Musée National du Tchad ©
Musée National du Tchad
Grand Mosque N'Djamena ©
Grand Mosque N'Djamena
Avenue Charles de Gaulle ©
Avenue Charles de Gaulle

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.
Marrakech is known for parks, shopping, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech day trip planning app .

You can fly from N'Djamena to Marrakech in 11 hours. Traveling from N'Djamena to Marrakech, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from N'Djamena, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 18°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

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