18 days in Mozambique Itinerary

18 days in Mozambique Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mozambique trip planner
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Fly
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Vilanculos
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Tofo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Xai-Xai
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ponta do Ouro
— 2 nights
Fly to Nampula, Drive to Mozambique Island
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Mozambique Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Maputo
— 6 nights
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Vilanculos — 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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. Change things up with a short trip to Inhassoro Beach in Inhassoro (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic, and get reinvigorated at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Vilanculos vacation planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Vilanculos is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Vilanculos due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Vilanculos reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tofo.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature
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Tofo — 2 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation and then kick back and relax at Barra Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Vilanculos to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Xai-Xai.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Xai-Xai — 1 night

Xai-Xai is a city in the south of Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the activities along Bilene.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Xai-Xai trip planner.

You can drive from Tofo to Xai-Xai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ponta do Ouro.
Outdoors · Nature · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Ponta do Ouro — 2 nights

On the 25th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ponta do Ouro route planning tool.

You can drive from Xai-Xai to Ponta do Ouro in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and car. You will leave for Mozambique Island on the 26th (Sun).
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Mozambique Island — 2 nights

Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Sebastiao Peninsula. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Governor's Palace Museum and then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mozambique Island trip builder site.

Do a combination of flight and car from Ponta do Ouro to Mozambique Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Mozambique Island, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Maputo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Maputo — 6 nights

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.
Visiting Inhaca Island and Mozambique Scuba will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Paroquia Santo Antonio and Fortaleza of Maputo. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, admire the striking features of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House), examine the collection at Museu dos CFM, and steep yourself in history at Matola Raid Memorial.

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You can fly from Mozambique Island to Maputo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mozambique Island in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Maputo, with lows around 26°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:

Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
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.