48 days in Africa & Jerusalem Itinerary

48 days in Africa & Jerusalem Itinerary

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48 days in Africa & Jerusalem Itinerary

Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Bloemfontein, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Francistown, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Lusaka, Zambia
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
9
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
10
Mbeya, Tanzania
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 45​min
11
Dodoma, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
12
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
13
Aswan, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
14
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
15
Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
16
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

9
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden and Twelve Apostles. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and get great views at Cape of Good Hope.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip planning site .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Cape Town is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. In July, Cape Town is somewhat warmer than Christchurch - with highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C. On the 12th (Sun), you're off toPlettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Plett Puzzle Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay holiday website .

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in July, Plettenberg Bay is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plett Puzzle Park ©
Plett Puzzle Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

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Bloemfontein, South Africa

Bloemfontein ©
Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm, explore the world behind art at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, and then savor the flavors at Langenhoven Park Farmers Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Anglo Boer War Museum, take some stellar pictures from Naval Hill, and then view the masterpieces at Gallery on Leviseur.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bloemfontein road trip website .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Bloemfontein by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect much colder evenings in Bloemfontein when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums Parks Shopping
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Anglo Boer War Museum ©
Anglo Boer War Museum
Oliewenhuis Art Museum ©
Oliewenhuis Art Museum
Naval Hill ©
Naval Hill

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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 24th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum and then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Johannesburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bloemfontein in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Johannesburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Francistown.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Room Escape Games
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

1
night
Francistown, Botswana

Francistown ©
Follow the trail of the 19th-century gold rush to the "Capital of the North," the regional commercial center of Francistown.
On the 26th (Sun), try to win big at Marang Casino and then experience rural life at Kuminda Farm.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Francistown online driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Johannesburg to Francistown with the Route module. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, you will find days in Francistown are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Francistown

Casinos Fun & Games
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Kuminda Farm ©
Kuminda Farm

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Victoria Falls Bridge. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop, take in the exciting artwork at Prime Art Gallery, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls online day trip planner .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Victoria Falls in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, expect nights in Victoria Falls to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off toNairobi.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

2
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, and finally explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village and then stroll through Livingstone Reptile Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingstone driving holiday app .

Livingstone is very close to Victoria Falls. Traveling from Victoria Falls in July, you will find days in Livingstone are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Livingstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
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Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Livingstone Reptile Park ©
Livingstone Reptile Park
Gorge Swing ©
Gorge Swing

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nights
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Parays Game Farm Wildlife Sanctuary and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lower Zambezi National Park. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at 37D Gallery and then stroll through Chaminuka Game Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lusaka trip planner .

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lower Zambezi National Park ©
Lower Zambezi National Park
Chaminuka Game Reserve ©
Chaminuka Game Reserve
Zambia National Museum ©
Zambia National Museum

2
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, stroll through Nature Sanctuary, then stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and finally look for gifts at Kibebe Malawi. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, then indulge your taste buds at Lizulu Market, then make a trip to Tindoz d'Afrique, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Building.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lilongwe online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Lilongwe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mbeya.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Kumbali Cultural Village ©
Kumbali Cultural Village
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary

1
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Mbeya, Tanzania

Mbeya ©
Mbeya is a city located in southwest Tanzania, Africa. On the 7th (Fri), snap pictures at Daraja la Mungu and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ngozi Crater Lake.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mbeya online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Lilongwe to Mbeya takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Lilongwe to Mbeya, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Mbeya are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Dodoma.

Things to do in Mbeya

Parks Nature
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Ngozi Crater Lake ©
Ngozi Crater Lake

1
night
Dodoma, Tanzania

Dodoma ©
Dodoma, officially Dodoma Urban District, is the national capital of Tanzania and the capital of Dodoma Region, with a population of 410,956.GeographyLocated at, in the centre of the country, the town is 453km west of the former capital at Dar es Salaam and 441km south of Arusha, the headquarters of the East African Community. On the 8th (Sat), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Dodoma and then stroll around Nyerere Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dodoma trip maker app .

Getting from Mbeya to Dodoma by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mbeya in August, with highs in Dodoma at 32°C and lows at 18°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nairobi.

Things to do in Dodoma

Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Oldonyo Orok Arts & Gallery
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Nyerere Square ©
Nyerere Square
University of Dodoma ©
University of Dodoma

4
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Elephant Hill, Diamond Plaza, Nairobi Mamba Village, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Karura Forest and Aero Club of East Africa (ACEA). There's still lots to do: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nairobi itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Nairobi in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Victoria Falls to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Victoria Falls in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nairobi, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kereita Forest
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Safaris
Karura Forest ©
Karura Forest

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nights
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Monastery of St. Simeon. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Qubbet el-Hawa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Philae Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of New Kalabsha.

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Fly from Nairobi to Aswan in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi to Aswan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Nairobi in August, with highs in Aswan at 50°C and lows at 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites
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New Kalabsha ©
New Kalabsha
Nubian Village ©
Nubian Village
Monastery of St. Simeon ©
Monastery of St. Simeon

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Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
On the 24th (Fri), kick back and relax at Sharm El Luli, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Mubarak, and then make a trip to Shaab Marsa Alam.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Marsa Alam vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nairobi to Marsa Alam in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Nairobi in July, things will get much hotter in Marsa Alam: highs are around 41°C and lows about 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Wadi Gemal ©
Wadi Gemal
Shaab Marsa Alam ©
Shaab Marsa Alam

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Hurghada, Egypt

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphins Welfare. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Heavenly Cathedral and Hurghada Marina. Step out of Hurghada to go to Sharm El Sheikh and see Ras Um Sid, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and get outside with Sharm El Naga.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hurghada online route maker .

You can drive from Marsa Alam to Hurghada in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Marsa Alam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hurghada, with highs around 45°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sharm El Sheikh
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Parasailing & Paragliding
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral
Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid

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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ayalon Institute Museum, examine the collection at Palmach Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jerusalem day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hurghada to Jerusalem takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums

Side Trips

Palmach Museum, Ayalon Institute Museum
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Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum
Palmach Museum ©
Palmach Museum

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