13 days in Zambia & Mozambique Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
Maputo, Mozambique
— 1 night
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights


Livingstone, Zambia — 3 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, and explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Livingstone vacation builder tool.

Manchester, UK to Livingstone is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Livingstone due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in October, things will get warmer in Livingstone: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lusaka.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure
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Lusaka, Zambia — 2 nights

Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Chaminuka Game Reserve. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at 37D Gallery.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lusaka road trip planning tool.

Getting from Livingstone to Lusaka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Maputo.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Maputo, Mozambique — 1 night

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo, admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, then admire the natural beauty at Tunduru Botanical Gardens, then get a new perspective on nature at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Maputo trip planner.

Fly from Lusaka to Maputo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Maputo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Tofo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Tofo, Mozambique — 2 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tofo visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Tofo are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to Vilanculos.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 3 nights

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Take a break from Vilanculos with a short trip to Parque Nacional de Bazaruto in Bazaruto Archipelago, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and work off some steam at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vilanculos trip builder site.

You can fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches
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Zambia travel guide

Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

Mozambique travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.