20 days in South Africa, Mozambique & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Maputo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive to Inhambane Airport, Fly to Stuttgart


Johannesburg, South Africa — 5 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 out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Sandton City, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and try your luck at Montecasino.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg tour planner.

Stuttgart, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Stuttgart to Johannesburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stuttgart in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 5 nights

One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kruger National Park, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ezulwini.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
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Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 2 nights

Valley of Heaven

Removed from the bigger and busier parts of the country, Ezulwini Valley represents a quiet place where visitors can relax but at the same time discover the wildlife that spreads across this region.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): try to win big at Happy Valley Casino, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village, and finally boost your wellbeing at Cuddle Puddle at the Swaziland Spa Health & Beauty Studio. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Swaziland Islamic Centre, identify plant and animal life at Mantenga Nature Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Malolotja Nature Reserve.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ezulwini attractions planning website.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Ezulwini in 6.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ezulwini can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Simunye.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 1 night

Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Hlane Royal National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Simunye route app.

You can drive from Ezulwini to Simunye in 2 hours. Traveling from Ezulwini in September, you will find days in Simunye are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much hotter (38°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Maputo.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

Maputo, Mozambique — 3 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.
Maputo is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Mozambique Scuba, get a dose of the wild on Tours Maputo, and look for gifts at Daqui! Produtos Regionais.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Maputo trip planner.

Getting from Simunye to Maputo by car takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from Simunye, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Maputo, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tofo.
Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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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 6th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, then soothe aching muscles at Massagem Tropical, and then stroll through Barra Beach. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tofo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Tofo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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South Africa travel guide

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.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.

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.