60 days in Africa Itinerary

60 days in Africa Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
— 1 day
Drive
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Merzouga, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
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Drive to Ibn Batouta Airport, Fly to Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport, Drive to El-Jem
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El-Jem, Tunisia
— 1 day
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Ghadamis, Libya
— 1 day
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Djanet, Algeria
— 1 day
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 6 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 6 nights
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Dahab, Egypt
— 4 nights
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Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 2 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Marsa Alam
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Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 5 nights
Taxi to Aswan, Fly to Abu Simbel
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Abu Simbel, Egypt
— 1 day
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Aswan, Egypt
— 4 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
— 5 nights
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Giza, Egypt
— 6 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sur Les Pentes du Toubkal. Medersa Ben Youssef and El Badi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Charlotte to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Marrakech: highs are around 68°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

5
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Essaouira, Morocco

Wind City of Africa

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Medina of Essaouira and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Walking tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's much more to do: make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, browse the exhibits of Galerie la Kasbah, tee off at Mogador Golf Academy, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Essaouira day trip planner.

You can drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February in Essaouira, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
day
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

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 5th (Tue): appreciate the views at Ounila Valley and then steep yourself in history at Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ait Ben Haddou online attractions planner.

Getting from Essaouira to Ait Ben Haddou by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Essaouira in March, plan for little chillier nights in Ait Ben Haddou, with lows around 46°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Merzouga.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Merzouga, Morocco

Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Climbing Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at The mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sharif and Galerie Laoun. Take a break from Merzouga with a short trip to Sijilmassa in Rissani, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating landscape at Merzouga Desert, see the interesting displays at Musee Nomade, and take in the dramatic natural features at Erg Chebbi Dunes.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Merzouga vacation planner.

Drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Merzouga in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Merzouga

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque, then look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Talassemtane National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chefchaouen day trip website.

Drive from Merzouga to Chefchaouen in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El-Jem.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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El-Jem, Tunisia

El Djem is a town in Mahdia Governorate, Tunisia, population 21,576 (2014 census). On the 11th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of El-Djem.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our El-Jem tour planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chefchaouen to El-Jem. Traveling from Chefchaouen to El-Jem, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in El-Jem can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ghadamis.

Things to do in El-Jem

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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Ghadamis, Libya

Ghadames or Ghadamis is an oasis Berber town in the Nalut District of the Tripolitania region in northwestern Libya.The indigenous language of Ghadames is Ghadamès, a Berber language.Ghadamès, known as 'the pearl of the desert', stands in an oasis. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Ghadames City.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Ghadamis day trip app.

Getting from El-Jem to Ghadamis by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from El-Jem to Ghadamis. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from El-Jem in March: high temperatures in Ghadamis hover around 74°F and lows are around 63°F. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Djanet.

Things to do in Ghadamis

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Djanet, Algeria

Djanet is an oasis city, and capital of Djanet District, in Illizi Province, southeast Algeria. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the fascinating landscape at Algerian Sahara.

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

Drive from Ghadamis to Djanet in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Ghadamis in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Djanet, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Djanet

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Mahmya Island. The adventure continues: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, see the interesting displays at Selkhet Papyrus, head outdoors with Oxygen Red Sea Hurghada, and explore by horseback at Hurghada Equestrian.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hurghada road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Djanet to Hurghada. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Djanet to Hurghada due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Djanet in March since evenings lows in Hurghada dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

City of Peace

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Shark's Bay Beach. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shark Diving. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Only One Apnea Center, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, admire the striking features of Al Mustafa Mosque, and explore by horseback at Miso Horse Riding Trips.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or ride a ferry. March in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Hole. Step off the beaten path and head to Coral Reefs and Ain Khudra. There's lots more to do: get outside with Three Pools, browse the exhibits of WICKEDiCANDY, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Plan a Dahab trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Saint Catherine, Egypt

Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
On the 31st (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Daedalus Reef Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios), and then delve into the distant past at Wadi Hammamat. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of St. Catherine's Monastery, stroll through Mount Sinai, and then explore the striking landscape of Ras Mohommed National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Catherine day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Saint Catherine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, Saint Catherine is little chillier than Dahab - with highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Marsa Alam, Egypt

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Marsa Mubarak and Abu Dabbab Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Swim with Dolphins. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sharm El Luli, don't miss a visit to Shaab Marsa Alam, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Qulan Mangrove Forest, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marsa Alam trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Saint Catherine to Marsa Alam in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saint Catherine in April, with highs in Marsa Alam at 85°F and lows at 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Abu Simbel, Egypt

On the 7th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Abu Simbel trip app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Abu Simbel takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Marsa Alam in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Abu Simbel, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Aswan, Egypt

Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Get a sense of the local culture at Philae Temple and New Kalabsha. Get outdoors at Agilkia Island and Elephantine Island. When in Aswan, make a side trip to see Temple of Kom Ombo in Kom Ombo, approximately Kom Ombo away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Monastery of St. Simeon, examine the collection at Animalia, take in the spiritual surroundings of El-Tabia Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aswan trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Abu Simbel to Aswan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Aswan are 97°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Luxor, Egypt

A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Karnak and Luxor Museum. Get some historical perspective at Valley of the Kings and Medinet Habu. Explore Luxor's surroundings by going to Dendera Temple Complex (in Dendera), Tombs of the Nobles (in Al Asasif) and Edfu (Kanais & Temple of Horus). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue of Sphinxes, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Queen Nefertari, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Luxor Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Luxor online trip maker.

You can drive from Aswan to Luxor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in April, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Giza, Egypt

Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Step out of the city life by going to Black Desert and Egypt Travel Gate. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. Venture out of the city with trips to Saqqara (Mastaba of Ti, Imhotep Museum, &more), Meidum Pyramid (in El Wasta) and Temple of Dionysias (Temple of Stones) (in Al Fayyum). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Bent Pyramid, view the masterpieces at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, don't miss a visit to Pharonic Village, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Barque Solaire.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Giza visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Giza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Giza: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 62°F at night. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Morocco travel guide

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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.

Tunisia travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
Tunisia benefits from its thin, slivery form, with a range of landscapes and climates causing diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles to develop over time. The lesser-visited south of the country possesses some major archaeological sites, impressive dunes, and caravans of nomadic peoples crossing the sands. The north contains many of the main cities in the country, located along the historic Mediterranean coast. Carthaginian and Roman ruins are found in and just outside the contemporary urban areas, which themselves blend African, Ottoman, and European influences. Many come for a beach holiday in Tunisia, but those who don't stop there are richly rewarded.

Libya travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Ruins · Historic Sites
With a coastline looking out across the Mediterranean Sea, Libya has historically been a place of trade, development, and wealth, with empires ruling all or part of it and leaving their mark on the landscape and culture. Roman and Greek ruins and Islamic mosques remain among the main Libya attractions, but excursions into the Sahara provide an alternative for those wishing to get out of the urban sprawl and see rolling dunes, sand seas, and lively caravan towns.

Algeria travel guide

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Churches · Gardens · Historic Sites
Algeria the White
The largest country on the continent, Algeria combines diverse landscapes with cultural intrigue and history. The north of the country has always been the most developed area, with the majority of the population living in cities along the Mediterranean coast. Roman ruins, modern and colonial architecture, renowned museums, and impressive coastal areas in the north represent some of the highlights of a vacation in Algeria. Heading south, the Sahara Desert takes hold. The dunes and nomadic tribes crossing the landscape offer a dreamier, less scripted counterpoint to the urbane north.

Egypt travel guide

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Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.