12 days in South Africa & Seychelles Itinerary

12 days in South Africa & Seychelles Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa & Seychelles Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 1 night
Ferry:  30 min
4
La Digue Island, Seychelles
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
5
Victoria, Seychelles
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franschhoek Motor Museum and Twelve Apostles. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip planning app .

New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, expect Cape Town to be a bit warmer, temps between 76°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

1
night
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, and finally look for gifts at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Praslin Island.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

1
night
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
On the 25th (Sat), kick back and relax at Cote d’Or Beach and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Fond Ferdinand, delve into the lush surroundings at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Petite Anse Kerlan.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Praslin Island trip planning site .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Praslin Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Seychelles Time (SCT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Praslin Island, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to La Digue Island.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Petite Anse Kerlan ©
Petite Anse Kerlan
Fond Ferdinand ©
Fond Ferdinand

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Anse Severe, then enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Coco Beach, and then stroll through Anse La Reunion Beach. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Petite Anse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiagge di Anse Marron, and then step off the mainland to explore Coco Island.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Digue Island attractions planner .

La Digue Island is just a stone's throw from Praslin Island. In April, daytime highs in La Digue Island are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Victoria.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Anse Coco Beach ©
Anse Coco Beach
Petite Anse ©
Petite Anse
Coco Island ©
Coco Island

3
nights
Victoria, Seychelles

Victoria ©
Victoria is the capital city of Seychelles and is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé island, the archipelago's main island. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Petite Anse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Intendance, and then don't miss a visit to Tempio hindu. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Morne Blanc, head off the coast to Moyenne Island, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kot Man-Ya Exotic Flower Garden.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Victoria trip builder site .

Getting from La Digue Island to Victoria by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in April, and nighttime lows around 78°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mahe Island, Kot Man-Ya Exotic Flower Garden, Petite Anse
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Anse Intendance ©
Anse Intendance
Morne Blanc ©
Morne Blanc
Petite Anse ©
Petite Anse

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