44 days in Africa Itinerary

44 days in Africa Itinerary

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44 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  20​h
1
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
4
Giza, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Marrakech, Morocco
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
8
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Leu: Saint-Paul (Fly 974 Tandem & Maido), Saint-Denis (Pas de Bellecombe & Old City Hall of Saint-Denis) and Piton de Fournaise (in Saint-Benoit).

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Leu trip itinerary app .

Sydney, Australia to Saint-Leu is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Sydney to Saint-Leu. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Saint-Leu, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Paul, Saint-Denis, Saint-Joseph, Plage de l'Ermitage, Piton de Fournaise
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Plage de l'Ermitage ©
Plage de l'Ermitage
Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise

3
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 19th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Olare Orok Conservancy and stroll through Olypunyata Swamp.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Saint-Leu to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Reunion Time (RET) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint-Leu in December: highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

1
night
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then contemplate the long history of Oldupai Gorge. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

3
nights
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
When in Giza, make a side trip to see Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Giza visit planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Giza takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Giza. December in Giza sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

6
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 shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech holiday maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Giza to Marrakech takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Giza to Marrakech. Traveling from Giza in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marrakech, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Menara Gardens and Pavilion ©
Menara Gardens and Pavilion
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa

4
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Marrakech to Victoria Falls takes 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Marrakech to Victoria Falls, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Marrakech, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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River Rafting & Tubing
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

4
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, historic sites, theme parks, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and have some family-friendly fun at Randburg Raceway.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg road trip planning site .

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Victoria Falls in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Johannesburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Randburg Raceway, Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

6
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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, stroll through Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

8
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.
Bring the kids along to Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town online itinerary builder .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Cape Town by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 22:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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