59 days in Africa, Nigeria & Ghana Itinerary

59 days in Africa, Nigeria & Ghana Itinerary

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59 days in Africa, Nigeria & Ghana Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 6 nights
2
Fes, Morocco
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hurghada, Egypt
— 6 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Luxor, Egypt
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Benin City, Nigeria
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
9
Lagos, Nigeria
— 2 nights
10
Accra, Ghana
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Busua, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 night
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  14​h
13
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Get some historical perspective at Ben Youssef Madrasa and Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret. Change things up with a short trip to Oukaimeden in Oukaimeden (about 1h 25 min away). On the 25th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, don't miss a visit to Koubba Almoravid, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Marrakech Museum.

To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Marrakech tour itinerary planning website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Marrakech is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Marrakech is 6 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Medina of Marrakesh ©
Medina of Marrakesh
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

6
nights
Fes, Morocco

Fes ©
Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Bou Inania Medersa and Haroune Aqueduct are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Archaeological Site of Volubilis and Morocco In One Step. Change things up with these side-trips from Fes: Meknes (Royal Stables & Volubilia-Domaine de la Zouina). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Medina of Fez, explore the galleries of Centre de Formation Dans le Metiers de l'Artisinat, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and delve into the distant past at Tombe dei Merenidi.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fes road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Fes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marrakech in April: high temperatures in Fes hover around 28°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Fes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Meknes, Haroune Aqueduct, Archaeological Site of Volubilis
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Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Archaeological Site of Volubilis ©
Archaeological Site of Volubilis

7
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Great Sphinx and Bent Pyramid. Step out of Cairo to go to Giza and see Step Pyramid of Djoser, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City (Coptic Cairo), contemplate the long history of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, explore the ancient world of Thebes, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mohamed Ali Mosque.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Cairo trip maker website .

You can fly from Fes to Cairo in 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Fes to Cairo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Fes in May, with highs in Cairo at 38°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Saqqara, Giza, Memphis Historical Site, Thebes
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

6
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 in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mount Sinai. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Catherine's Monastery and Coptic Orthodox Church. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ras Mohommed National Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a stroll through Na'ama Bay, and explore the gorgeous colors at Jackson Reef.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sharm El Sheikh when traveling from Cairo in May, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Saint Catherine, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ras Mohommed National Park, Jackson Reef
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Omo Gamaar. When in Hurghada, make a side trip to see El-Mallah in Safaga, approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 17th (Sun) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Spend the 19th (Tue) riding across the waves with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the gorgeous colors at Careless Reef, explore by horseback at Hurghada Equestrian, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hurghada trip itinerary app .

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 May in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

El-Mallah
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

7
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Karnak and Medinet Habu. Visit Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Luxor: Qena (Dendera Temple Complex & Temple of Hathor at Dendera), Edfu (Gibel Silsila, Temple of Horus at Edfu, & more) and Temple Khatkhor (in Dendera). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tomb of Queen Nefertari, appreciate the history behind Colossi of Memnon, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Queens, and take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum.

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Take a bus from Hurghada to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hurghada in May, you will find days in Luxor are a bit warmer (45°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Abuja.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Edfu, Valley of the Queens, Dendera Temple Complex, Dendera Temple Complex
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Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

2
nights
Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja ©
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 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Zuma Rock. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Anglican Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at An Noor Mosque, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bature Brewery.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Abuja road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Abuja takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Luxor to Abuja is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Luxor in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Abuja, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Benin City.

Things to do in Abuja

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Zuma Rock
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Zuma Rock ©
Zuma Rock
An Noor Mosque ©
An Noor Mosque
All Saints Anglican Church ©
All Saints Anglican Church

1
night
Benin City, Nigeria

Benin City ©
On the 31st (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at W National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Benin City trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Abuja to Benin City in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. May in Benin City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Benin City

Nature Parks
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W National Park ©
W National Park

2
nights
Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos ©
Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
On the 1st (Mon), stop by The Henna Place, browse the exhibits of Nike Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Red Door Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral Church of Christ. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Mindscape Childrens Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at LUFASI Nature Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lekki Conservation Centre.

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

You can fly from Benin City to Lagos in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Benin City in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Lagos, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Accra.

Things to do in Lagos

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

The Henna Place
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Red Door Art Gallery ©
Red Door Art Gallery
The Cathedral Church of Christ ©
The Cathedral Church of Christ
Nike Art Gallery ©
Nike Art Gallery

2
nights
Accra, Ghana

Accra ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Legon Botanical Gardens, then view the masterpieces at Nubuke Foundation, and then take in the exciting artwork at Artists Alliance Gallery. Keep things going the next day: try to win big at Millionaires Casino Accra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Resurrection Presbyterian Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, and finally contemplate the long history of Black Star Gate.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Accra planning site .

Fly from Lagos to Accra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western African Time (WAT) to Ghana Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Busua.

Things to do in Accra

Parks Casinos Wildlife

Side Trip

Legon Botanical Gardens
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Legon Botanical Gardens ©
Legon Botanical Gardens
Artists Alliance Gallery ©
Artists Alliance Gallery

1
night
Busua, Ghana

Busua ©
On the 5th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Fort Metal Cross and then enjoy the sand and surf at Busua Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Busua driving holiday tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Accra to Busua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Busua

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fort Metal Cross
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Busua Beach ©
Busua Beach
Fort Metal Cross ©
Fort Metal Cross

1
night
Cape Coast, Ghana

Cape Coast ©
While it may seem like a regular fishing port at first glance, Cape Coast bears traces of the Portuguese, British, Danish, Swedish, and the Dutch colonists who variously ruled here.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Elmina Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Cape Coast Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Coast attractions planning tool .

Getting from Busua to Cape Coast by car takes about 2 hours. In June in Cape Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Elmina Castle
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Cape Coast Castle ©
Cape Coast Castle
Elmina Castle ©
Elmina Castle

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape of Good Hope and Maclear's Beacon. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island Museum and Bo-kaap. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cape Coast to Cape Town in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cape Coast to Cape Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Coast in June, you will find days in Cape Town are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are colder (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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