41 days in Africa Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 6 nights
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 3 nights
Fly to Vilankulo Airport, Drive to Bazaruto Archipelago
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Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive to Vilankulo Airport, Fly to Cape Town
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
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Accra, Ghana
— 2 nights
Fly to Freetown, Drive to Freetown
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 2 nights
Drive to Conakry, Fly to Dakar
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Dakar, Senegal
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco — 6 nights

Red City

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.
Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, contemplate the long history of Medina of Marrakesh, and admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marrakech online tour itinerary maker.

Philadelphia, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Marrakech. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in October: high temperatures in Marrakech hover around 86°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Addis Ababa.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — 3 nights

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
On the 9th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see Multi-day Tours, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Marrakech to Addis Ababa in 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Marrakech to Addis Ababa. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marrakech in October; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 74°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Nosy Be.
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Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Nosy Be, Madagascar — 3 nights

Perfume Island

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
On the 11th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then step off the mainland to explore Nosy Sakatia. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and then step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nosy Be trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Nosy Be in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Addis Ababa in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Nosy Be: highs are around 89°F and lows about 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bazaruto Archipelago.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique — 2 nights

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six islands formed by sand deposits from the Save River.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Inhassoro Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bazaruto Archipelago online vacation maker.

Explore your travel options from Nosy Be to Bazaruto Archipelago with the Route module. Traveling from Nosy Be to Bazaruto Archipelago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nosy Be in October, with highs in Bazaruto Archipelago at 80°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.
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Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

Mother City

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, see majestic marine mammals with Ocean Wonder, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Bazaruto Archipelago to Cape Town with the Route module. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bazaruto Archipelago in October; daily highs in Cape Town reach 74°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Livingstone.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Livingstone, Zambia — 3 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, surround yourself with nature on The Explorer Club, and then relax and rejuvenate at Namakau's Health Spa. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, then admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, then explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, and finally admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Livingstone online holiday planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Livingstone by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in October; daily highs in Livingstone reach 88°F and lows reach 73°F. On the 24th (Thu), you'll travel to Arusha.
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Arusha, Tanzania — 4 nights

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step out of Arusha with an excursion to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park--about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 26th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Make the 27th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours and look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip maker website.

You can fly from Livingstone to Arusha in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Livingstone in October; daily highs in Arusha reach 78°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Nairobi.
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Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Nairobi, Kenya — 4 nights

Green City in the Sun

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.
Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 31st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, get interesting insight from Tours, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nairobi online travel route planner.

Fly from Arusha to Nairobi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly to Abuja.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Abuja, Nigeria — 2 nights

The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Abuja National Mosque and then make a trip to Jabi Boat Club. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at An Noor Mosque and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bature Brewery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Abuja attractions planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Abuja in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nairobi to Abuja due to the time zone difference. In November, Abuja is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Accra.
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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Accra, Ghana — 2 nights

On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
On the 4th (Mon), experience rural life at Ohene Cocoa Eco Tourism, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ghana, then explore the galleries of Artists Alliance Gallery, and finally stop by Global Mamas. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Nii Tackie Tawiah III Statue, then browse the exhibits of Gallery 1957, and then take in the exciting artwork at Nubuke Foundation.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Accra online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Abuja to Accra takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Abuja to Accra. In November, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 77°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Freetown.
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Shopping · Museums
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Freetown, Sierra Leone — 2 nights

Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
On the 6th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with Banana Divers Sierra Leone, then step off the mainland to explore Bunce Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lumley Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and then explore the galleries of National Railway Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Freetown planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Accra to Freetown in 9 hours. Another option is to drive. November in Freetown sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 77°F at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dakar.
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Dakar, Senegal — 2 nights

Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Forestier et Zoologique de Hann, head off the coast to Island of Goree, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, and finally see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Loman Art House - Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dakar online journey builder.

Do a combination of car and flight from Freetown to Dakar in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Dakar can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Side Trip
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Morocco travel guide

4.2
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.
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Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.
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Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.
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Mozambique travel guide

4.1
Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.
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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.
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Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.
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Nigeria travel guide

3.7
Art Galleries · Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls
Naija
With the largest population and economy on the continent, Nigeria plays a big part in the rise of African tourism. The country's cities and villages provide a glimpse into a culture rich in musical and culinary heritage. Visitors on vacation in Nigeria tend to explore the southern and central regions, where the lively urban areas give way to a wealth of protected rainforests and river deltas, home to traditional communities with proud and distinct cultural traditions.
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Ghana travel guide

3.6
Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.
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Sierra Leone travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Tourist Spots
Rich in history, natural wonders, and picturesque landscapes, Sierra Leone remains an unappreciated destination largely thanks to the impact the civil war of the 1990s had on the country's international reputation. The coastal areas offer easy access to fine sand beaches and offshore islands, little explored by foreign visitors and therefore unspoiled by commercial tourism. The capital, established by freed slaves from the Caribbean, represents a popular starting point for trips to Sierra Leone, with a colorful look to it, a lively atmosphere, and good onward connections to the mountains of the north and mangrove swamps and rainforest to the east.
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Senegal travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Generous Country
Senegal boasts plenty of natural and cultural attractions to make it attractive to an international audience. The buzz surrounding the Senegalese music scene is justified, with mbalax dance music particularly popular and influential internationally. Street markets in the main towns, overlooked by the minarets of attractive old mosques, remain among top attractions in Senegal--they're ideal spots to get to know the local culture and eat and shop like a native. The wide river deltas rich in wildlife provide an alternative for visitors looking to escape city life and discover the country's natural charms.
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