20 days in Africa Itinerary

20 days in Africa Itinerary

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20 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
3
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
4
Aswan, Egypt
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Djerba Island, Tunisia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
7
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Detroit, United States

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.
Long Street Baths has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like !Khwa ttu and District Six Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to South African Jewish Museum and Twelve Apostles. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, steep yourself in history at Groot Constantia, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip maker website .

Detroit, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

!Khwa ttu
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
!Khwa ttu ©
!Khwa ttu
District Six Museum ©
District Six Museum

3
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags has been added to your itinerary. St Peters Anglican Church and Nelson Bay Cave will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Holy Trinity Church and Plettenvale Wines. The adventure continues: stroll through Birds of Eden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Holy Trinity Church
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags

3
nights
Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Explorers Mauritius as well as Les 7 Cascades. Let the collections at Curious Corner of Chamarel and Musee du Coquillage capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chamarel Waterfall and Seven Colored Earths. There's lots more to do: hike along Ebony Forest Reserve, look for gifts at Rhumerie de Chamarel, pause for some photo ops at International Slave Route Monument, and get a new perspective on nature at The World of Seashells.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chamarel online trip builder .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Chamarel in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Plettenberg Bay to Chamarel is 2 hours. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in May, things will get a bit warmer in Chamarel: highs are around 81°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Le Morne, Riviere Noire, Musee du Coquillage, Chamarel Waterfall, The World of Seashells
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Ebony Forest Reserve ©
Ebony Forest Reserve
Curious Corner of Chamarel ©
Curious Corner of Chamarel
Explorers Mauritius ©
Explorers Mauritius

1
day
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
You've now added Philae Temple to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Philae Temple, examine the collection at Animalia, and then delve into the distant past at Monastery of St. Simeon.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aswan trip itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chamarel to Aswan. Traveling from Chamarel to Aswan, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Chamarel in May: highs in Aswan hover around 104°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Museums
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Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Animalia ©
Animalia
Monastery of St. Simeon ©
Monastery of St. Simeon

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.
You've now added Tomb of Merenptah to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Tomb of Merenptah, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, then get engrossed in the history at Karnak Open Air Museum, and finally stop by Habiba Gallery. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings and then take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Luxor vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Aswan to Luxor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Luxor are 102°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Djerba Island.

Things to do in Luxor

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

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Fine Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Fort Ghazi Mustapha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Ghriba Synagogue, then Head underground at Cave of Ali Berbere, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee de Guellala.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Djerba Island trip maker .

You can fly from Luxor to Djerba Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Luxor to Djerba Island is minus 1 hour. Expect colder weather when traveling from Luxor in May: highs in Djerba Island hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Djerba Island

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Fort Ghazi Mustapha ©
Fort Ghazi Mustapha
Cave of Ali Berbere
Cave of Ali Berbere
El Ghriba Synagogue ©
El Ghriba Synagogue

1
day
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou ©
Seen in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows, the ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou takes visitors on a journey back to the 17th century with its impressive South Moroccan architecture, boasting earthen clay dwellings in walled kasbahs.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the views at Ounila Valley and then contemplate the long history of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ait Ben Haddou trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Djerba Island to Ait Ben Haddou. Traveling from Djerba Island to Ait Ben Haddou, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Djerba Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ait Ben Haddou, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Ounila Valley ©
Ounila Valley

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Berber Ecomuseum, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, then admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and then contemplate the long history of Medina of Marrakesh.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marrakech trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Marrakech, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Medina of Marrakesh ©
Medina of Marrakesh

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