17 days in South Africa, Madagascar & Seychelles Itinerary

17 days in South Africa, Madagascar & Seychelles Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa, Madagascar & Seychelles Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  29​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
3
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 3 nights
ferry:  15​min
4
La Digue Island, Seychelles
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: San Diego, United States

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boschendal Manor & Winery and The Franschhoek Motor Museum. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town road trip planner

San Diego, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Diego in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ambaro Ranch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and Mont Passot. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nosy Be trip itinerary planning tool

Getting from Cape Town to Nosy Be by flight takes about 11.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Nosy Be due to the time zone difference. In January, Nosy Be is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Praslin Island.

Things to do in Nosy Be

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

3
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Relax by the water at Cote d’Or Beach and Anse Possession. Explore hidden gems such as Curieuse Island and Fond Ferdinand. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Matthew Apostle Church, take in the exciting artwork at Rita's Art Sudio & Gallery, and kick back and relax at Anse La Blague.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Praslin Island road trip planning website

Traveling by flight from Nosy Be to Praslin Island takes 22.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time to Seychelles Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Praslin Island are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to La Digue Island.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cote d’Or Beach ©
Cote d’Or Beach
Fond Ferdinand ©
Fond Ferdinand
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve ©
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

3
nights
La Digue Island, Seychelles

La Digue Island ©
La Digue Island remains a relatively unknown vacation destination, offering very few tourist facilities and an exotic though largely undeveloped coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Anse Coco Beach and Anse La Reunion. Get in touch with nature at Anse Pierrot Beach and Felicite Island. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Union Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Banane.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Digue Island itinerary maker app

La Digue Island is just a stone's throw from Praslin Island. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Anse Coco Beach ©
Anse Coco Beach
Union Beach ©
Union Beach
Anse La Reunion Beach ©
Anse La Reunion Beach

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