14 days in Madagascar, Mozambique & Cape Town Itinerary

14 days in Madagascar, Mozambique & Cape Town Itinerary

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14 days in Madagascar, Mozambique & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  6​h
1
Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Maputo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h
5
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo ©
Surrounded by verdant rice paddies, Madagascar's capital and the country's commercial and cultural hub, Antananarivo boasts a rich history and heritage, evident in its numerous historic buildings, colonial-era neighborhoods, and archaeological museums.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Digue Market, then pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Morts, then look for gifts at La City Centre Commercial, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Open-air markets: Andravoahangy. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambohimanga, look for gifts at Lisy Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Is´art Galerie, then explore the historical opulence of Rova - Le Palais de la Reine, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo, and finally admire the striking features of Gare de Soarano.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Antananarivo travel itinerary creator.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Antananarivo is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Antananarivo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Isalo Window
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Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga
Isalo Window ©
Isalo Window
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine ©
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

2
nights
Nosy Be, Madagascar

Nosy Be ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Mont Passot, and finally meet the residents at Lemuria Land.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nosy Be travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Antananarivo to Nosy Be takes 2 hours. Traveling from Antananarivo in October, expect Nosy Be to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lokobe Nature Special Reserve ©
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve
Mont Passot ©
Mont Passot
Nosy Fanihy ©
Nosy Fanihy

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Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maputo Central Market and FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao and Iglesia de San Antonio de la Polana. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, admire the natural beauty at Louis Tregardt Memorial Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and step off the mainland to explore Xefina Pequena.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maputo travel planner.

You can fly from Nosy Be to Maputo in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Nosy Be to Maputo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nosy Be in October, with highs in Maputo at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks Shopping Museums
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Louis Tregardt Memorial Garden ©
Louis Tregardt Memorial Garden
Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo ©
Fortaleza of Maputo ©
Fortaleza of Maputo

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Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo ©
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, stroll through Barra Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tofo online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Maputo to Tofo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Tofo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Barra Beach
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Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach

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nights
Vilanculos, Mozambique

Vilanculos ©
Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vilanculos itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car and flight from Tofo to Vilanculos in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will leave for Cape Town on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Vilanculos

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Machilla Magic ©
Machilla Magic
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), head off the coast to Robben Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at Bebe's Chocolaterie and Gluten Free Patisserie, examine the collection at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, then hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, then take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, and finally do a tasting at Groot Constantia.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Vilanculos to Cape Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, Cape Town is little chillier than Vilanculos - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek Motor Museum, Bebe's Chocolaterie and Gluten Free Patisserie
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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