40 days in Africa Itinerary

40 days in Africa Itinerary

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40 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hurghada, Egypt
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Luxor, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Port Sudan, Sudan
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Khartoum, Sudan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Karima, Sudan
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
8
Benghazi, Libya
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Tripoli, Libya
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Djerba Island, Tunisia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
11
Tunis, Tunisia
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Spend the 6th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Cairo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Cairo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in June: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 40°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Giza
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Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum

5
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sharm El Sheikh side-trips: Mount Sinai (in Saint Catherine) and Dahab (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Hole). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at SOHO Square, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737, get a taste of the local shopping with Na'ama Bay, and stroll through Shark's Bay Beach.

To plan Sharm El Sheikh vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairo in June, Sharm El Sheikh is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dahab, Mount Sinai
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

5
nights
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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 17th (Wed) at Makadi Water World. There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, step off the mainland to explore Mahmya Island, take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Hurghada are 44°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Hurghada Marina ©
Hurghada Marina

5
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Change things up with these side-trips from Luxor: Edfu (Kanais, Temple of Horus at Edfu, & more) and Temple of Hathor at Dendera (in Qena). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple, admire all the interesting features of ACE- Animal Care in Egypt, and don't miss a visit to Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Luxor itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Hurghada to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Hurghada, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 49°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Port Sudan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Edfu, Dendera Temple Complex
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

1
day
Port Sudan, Sudan

Port Sudan ©
Port Sudan is a port city in eastern Sudan, and the capital of the state of Red Sea., it has 489,725 residents. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Sesibi Temple, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sanganeb National Park, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Sedeinga.

Start your trip to Port Sudan by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Port Sudan takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Khartoum.

Things to do in Port Sudan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Sanganeb National Park ©
Sanganeb National Park
Sesibi Temple ©
Sesibi Temple

2
nights
Khartoum, Sudan

Khartoum ©
Situated at the meeting point of the White and Blue Niles, the sprawling capital Khartoum captivates with its welcoming atmosphere, chaotic marketplaces, and extravagant skyline punctuated with glass towers.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Khalifa House Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Khartoum War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Sudan National Museum, and finally admire all the interesting features of University of Khartoum. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Sudan Art Diwan and then explore the ancient world of Naga: Temple of Amun.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Khartoum online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Port Sudan to Khartoum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in June, and nighttime lows around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Karima.

Things to do in Khartoum

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Khalifa House Museum
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Sudan National Museum ©
Sudan National Museum
Naga: Temple of Amun ©
Naga: Temple of Amun
Khalifa House Museum ©
Khalifa House Museum

1
day
Karima, Sudan

Karima ©
On the 26th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Al-Ghazali, stroll the grounds of Necropolis of Nuri, take in the dramatic natural features at Petrified Forest, then explore the different monuments and memorials at El Kurru Tombs, and finally delve into the distant past at Gebel Barkal.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Karima visit app .

Getting from Khartoum to Karima by car takes about 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Benghazi.

Things to do in Karima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Merowe
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Gebel Barkal ©
Gebel Barkal
El Kurru Tombs ©
El Kurru Tombs
Necropolis of Nuri ©
Necropolis of Nuri

1
day
Benghazi, Libya

Benghazi ©
Benghazi is the second most populous city in Libya and the largest in Cyrenaica.A port on the Mediterranean Sea in the Kingdom of Libya, Benghazi had joint-capital status alongside Tripoli, possibly because the King and the Senussi royal family were associated with Cyrenaica rather than Tripolitania. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Benghazi Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atiq Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omar Al-Mukhtar Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Ptolemais.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Benghazi trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Karima to Benghazi takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Benghazi

Historic Sites
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Ptolemais ©
Ptolemais
Omar Al-Mukhtar Mosque ©
Omar Al-Mukhtar Mosque
Atiq Mosque ©
Atiq Mosque

3
nights
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Change things up with a short trip to Roman Sabratha in Sabratah (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), make a trip to Street Murals, browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market, and admire all the interesting features of June 11 Stadium.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tripoli using our trip planner.

Fly from Benghazi to Tripoli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Benghazi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tripoli, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Djerba Island.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Roman Sabratha, Nalut ruins
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Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©
Gurgi Mosque ©
Gurgi Mosque
Roman Sabratha ©
Roman Sabratha

4
nights
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.
Djerba Island is known for parks, museums, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Krokodilfarm Animalia, don't miss a visit to Djerbahood, see the interesting displays at Musee de Guellala, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sentido Djerba Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Djerba Island day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Tripoli to Djerba Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tripoli to Djerba Island, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Tunis.

Things to do in Djerba Island

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Djerba Explore ©
Djerba Explore
El Ghriba Synagogue ©
El Ghriba Synagogue
Djerbahood ©
Djerbahood

7
nights
Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis ©
The Mediterranean port city of Tunis, Tunisia's bustling capital, boasts a vibrant mix of cultures and architectural styles, enchanting visitors with its historical attractions, picturesque beaches, and laidback vibe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tunis: Ain Tounga (in Tastur), Hammamet (Medina of Hammamet, Yasmin Hammamet, & more) and Dougga (in Beja Governorate). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Bardo Museum, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Francais de Takrouna, contemplate the long history of Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra, and explore the striking landscape of Ichkeul National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tunis, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Djerba Island to Tunis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tunis

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hammamet, Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, Bizerte, Beja Governorate
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Dougga ©
Dougga
The National Bardo Museum ©
The National Bardo Museum
Ichkeul National Park
Ichkeul National Park

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