29 days in Cape Town, Madagascar & Mauritius Itinerary

29 days in Cape Town, Madagascar & Mauritius Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 10 nights
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Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 4 nights
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 3 nights
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Chamarel, Mauritius
— 3 nights
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Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa — 10 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and look for all kinds of wild species at Platteklip Gorge.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town journey planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cape Town, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Antananarivo.
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Antananarivo, Madagascar — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Rainforests of the Atsinanana in Fenoarivo Atsinanana (about 10h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambohimanga, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tsimbazaza Zoo, appreciate the history behind Monument aux Morts, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Open-air markets: Andravoahangy.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Antananarivo itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Antananarivo takes 10.5 hours. Traveling from Cape Town to Antananarivo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Antananarivo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly to Nosy Be.
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Nosy Be, Madagascar — 3 nights

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.
Nosy Be is known for wildlife, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nosy Be day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Antananarivo to Nosy Be takes 4 hours. Traveling from Antananarivo in October, expect Nosy Be to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Chamarel.
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Chamarel, Mauritius — 3 nights

The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chamarel: Flic en Flac Beach (in Flic En Flac), Casela Nature Parks (in Cascavelle) and Bel Ombre Nature Reserve (in Bel Ombre). Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Black River Gorges National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark, take in the dramatic scenery at Chamarel Waterfall, admire the natural beauty at International Slave Route Monument, and get to know the resident critters at La Vanille Nature Park.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamarel travel planning app.

You can fly from Nosy Be to Chamarel in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nosy Be to Chamarel. While traveling from Nosy Be, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chamarel, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Baie.
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Grand Baie, Mauritius — 4 nights

Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
Go for a jaunt from Grand Baie to Poste Lafayette to see Bras d'Eau Public Beach about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at SSR Botanic Garden, head off the coast to Ile aux Cerfs, enjoy the sand and surf at La Cuvette Public Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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You can drive from Chamarel to Grand Baie in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Baie can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Madagascar travel guide

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Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.
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Mauritius travel guide

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Island of Rainbows and Shooting Stars
A small but surprisingly multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius sits just east of Madagascar and offers a white-sand coastline lapped by sapphire waters. The contrasts of colors, tastes, and cultures here makes a vacation in Mauritius richly rewarding, with plenty to do along the coast and deeper inland. A tour of Mauritius usually includes long stops at the island's beaches, which serve as launching points for deep-sea fishing trips, dolphin-watching excursions, and scuba diving adventures. Farther away from the water, you can discover a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Mauritius is made for explorations on foot, with several volcanic summits and a large national park sheltering abundant species of indigenous plants and birds.
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