22 days in Mozambique & Botswana Itinerary

22 days in Mozambique & Botswana Itinerary

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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Maputo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 3 nights
Gaborone, Botswana
— 5 nights


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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, shop like a local with Machilla Magic, relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vilanculos online trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Vilanculos is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Vilanculos due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in May, expect Vilanculos to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tofo.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Tofo and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tofo vacation planner.

You can fly from Vilanculos to Tofo in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In May in Tofo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Maputo.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Maputo, Mozambique — 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Maputo Central Train Station and FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Inhaca Island, get to know the fascinating history of Praca Independence Praça da Independência, learn more about the world around you at Museum of Geology, and admire the striking features of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House).

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Maputo travel planner.

You can fly from Tofo to Maputo in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daily temperatures in Maputo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Chobe National Park.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

Chobe National Park, Botswana — 4 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve, surround yourself with nature on Chobe Day Trips, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Steenbok Safari.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chobe National Park tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Maputo to Chobe National Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Okavango Delta.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

Okavango Delta, Botswana — 3 nights

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Step out of Okavango Delta to go to Maun and see Okavango River, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Spend the 21st (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Okavango Delta holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Okavango Delta are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Gaborone.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Gaborone, Botswana — 5 nights

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Family-friendly places like Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Maroon Tours & Safaris will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, and get in on the family fun at Lion Park Resort.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gaborone sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Okavango Delta to Gaborone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Okavango Delta in May, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:

Mozambique travel guide

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.

Botswana travel guide

Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.