60 days in South Africa, Madagascar & Dubai Itinerary

60 days in South Africa, Madagascar & Dubai Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 5 nights
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Mahajanga, Madagascar
— 2 nights
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Eikehof, see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Boschendal Wine Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at The Old Biscuit Mill, appreciate the history behind Rhodes Memorial, then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Company's Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town vacation builder.

Manchester, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 nights

Mother City

Enjoy Cape Town some more: take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary tool.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

— 5 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Calitzdorp (De Krans Wines, Rooiberg Pass, &more), George (Cape Palette Art Gallery & Groot Brakrivier Island) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, cruise along Swartberg Pass, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn visit planning website.

You can drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, expect nights in Oudtshoorn to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

— 5 nights
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail, Suspension Bridge, &more), Bitou Art Gallery (in Storms River) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Knysna Heads, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay travel planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

— 5 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Elizabeth: Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). Spend the 22nd (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Spend the 24th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Hobie Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marks Congregational Church, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth journey app.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Durban, South Africa

— 6 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Ballito (Holla Trails & Spas). There's still lots to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, have fun at Giba Gorge Horse Trails, enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach, and stroll through Umdloti Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Durban trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Spend the 3rd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg travel route website.

Getting from Durban to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Durban in February since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Antananarivo, Madagascar

— 5 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.
Antananarivo is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Lemur Tours, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar, get to know the resident critters at Lemurs' Park, and meet the residents at Croc Farm.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Antananarivo route planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Antananarivo in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Antananarivo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mahajanga.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Mahajanga, Madagascar

— 2 nights
The small city of Mahajanga provides lots of sandy beaches lined with palm trees and is known for its restaurants serving various specialties.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Phare de Katsepy and then explore the stunning scenery at Cirque Rouge. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eco Parc Reniala and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte d'Anjohibe.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahajanga tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Antananarivo to Mahajanga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antananarivo in February, things will get a bit warmer in Mahajanga: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Mahajanga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Nosy Be, Madagascar

— 4 nights

Perfume Island

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy, stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nosy Be driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Mahajanga to Nosy Be in 8.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 11 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity), Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more), King Faisal Mosque (in Sharjah) and Al Ain (Al Darmaki Fort, Al Ain Oasis, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Mon) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, buy something for everyone on your list at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, take in nature's colorful creations at Dubai Miracle Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubai Creek.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dubai day trip website.

You can fly from Nosy Be to Dubai in 14 hours. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Nosy Be in February, things will get slightly colder in Dubai: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.