33 days in Australia, South Africa & Madagascar Itinerary

33 days in Australia, South Africa & Madagascar Itinerary

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33 days in Australia, South Africa & Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Perth, Australia
— 6 nights
train + ferry:  1​h 15​min
2
Rottnest Island, Australia
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
3
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Adelaide, Australia

6
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman), Lake Navarino Forest Park (in Waroona) and Fremantle (Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Prison, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth trip planner.

Adelaide to Perth is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Adelaide in August, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach, St Johns Lutheran Church, Nosh Gourmet Food & Gifts, Lake Navarino Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

5
nights
Rottnest Island, Australia

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Rottnest Island is known for beaches, nature, historic sites, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Fish Hook Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Bathurst Lighthouse, get outside with Little Armstrong Bay, and kick back and relax at Salmon Bay.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rottnest Island online travel planner .

Do a combination of train and ferry from Perth to Rottnest Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Rottnest Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Little Parakeet Bay ©
Little Parakeet Bay
Little Armstrong Bay ©
Little Armstrong Bay
Wadjemup Lighthouse ©
Wadjemup Lighthouse

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.
Nosy Be is known for wildlife, parks, nature, zoos & aquariums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Sakatia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, and take in the awesome beauty at Mont Passot.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosy Be planning app .

Explore your travel options from Rottnest Island to Nosy Be with the Route module. Traveling from Rottnest Island to Nosy Be, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rottnest Island in September: highs in Nosy Be hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ambaro Ranch ©
Ambaro Ranch
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia

4
nights
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.
Antananarivo is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, shopping, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambohimanga, examine the collection at Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar, stroll through Réserve Peyrieras Madagascar Exotic, and view the masterpieces at Is´art Galerie.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Antananarivo trip website .

Getting from Nosy Be to Antananarivo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nosy Be in September; daily highs in Antananarivo reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lemurs' Park ©
Lemurs' Park
Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga
Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar ©

6
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Antananarivo to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Antananarivo to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Ukutula Conservation Center, Montecasino
Highlights from your plan
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip app .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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