20 days in Africa Itinerary

20 days in Africa Itinerary

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20 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  25​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
3
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Hurghada, Egypt
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
6
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States


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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town online trip itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Cape Town, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, you will find days in Cape Town are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

3
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, then get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and finally browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Victoria Falls trip planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in October: high temperatures in Victoria Falls hover around 93°F and lows are around 68°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off toLuxor.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Parks Nature Museums
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Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), then stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, then take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, appreciate the history behind Luxor Sound and Light Show, then explore the ancient world of Medinet Habu, and finally pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Luxor trip planning tool .

Getting from Victoria Falls to Luxor by combination of car and flight takes about 15 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October in Luxor, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

1
night
Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada ©
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
On the 26th (Sat), go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hurghada online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Luxor to Hurghada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 72°F at night. You'll set off for Sharm El Sheikh on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Hurghada

Parks
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Hurghada Marina ©
Hurghada Marina

2
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh ©
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.
On the 28th (Mon), shop like a local with Na'ama Bay. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Shark's Bay Beach and then buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh travel route builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Shopping Beaches Parks
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SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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). Spend the 1st (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, and stroll around Al-Azhar Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip maker site .

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cairo, with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marrakech online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Marrakech takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairo to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in November, expect little chillier with lows of 51°F in Marrakech. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Marrakech

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

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