17 days in Johannesburg & Mozambique Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 8 nights
Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights


Johannesburg, South Africa — 8 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.
Get in touch with nature at Lion and Safari Park and Ukutula Conservation Center. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Zipline (in Rustenburg), Hartbeesport Dam Wall (in Hartbeespoort) and Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria). Spend the 20th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 24th (Fri) trying your luck at Gold Reef City. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wilds Nature Reserve, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, expect Johannesburg to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Maputo.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Casinos · Fun & Games
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Maputo, Mozambique — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Tours Maputo, then see some colorful creatures with Mozambique Scuba, and then admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Inhaca Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Macaneta Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Fundacao Fernando Leite Couto.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Maputo journey planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Maputo in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Maputo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tofo.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach, stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Tofo. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then soothe aching muscles at Massagem Tropical.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tofo trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Maputo to Tofo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Vilanculos.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 4 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto and Inhassoro Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Speed Boats Tours. It doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Vilanculos vacation site.

You can fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Vilanculos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature
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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.