28 days in Mozambique, Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary

28 days in Mozambique, Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mozambique Scuba and Praia da Costa do Sol. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tours Maputo and Tunduru Botanical Gardens. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, look for gifts at Daqui! Produtos Regionais, step off the mainland to explore Xefina Pequena, and see the interesting displays at Museu dos CFM.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Maputo trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Maputo is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Berlin to Maputo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Maputo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tofo.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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 13th (Fri): stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach, and then meet some fierce fish with Mozambique Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at Massagem Tropical, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tofo trip itinerary app.

Fly from Maputo to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Tofo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Vilanculos.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional de Bazaruto and Inhassoro Beach. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Speed Boats Tours. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic, stay fit while traveling at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, and explore the ancient world of Manyikeni.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos online trip maker.

Getting from Tofo to Vilanculos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Gaborone.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

Gaborone, Botswana — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Tours & Safaris and Gaborone Game Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Kgale Hill. Make the 22nd (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Khutse Game Reserve. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, stop by Botswanacraft, don't miss a visit to Matsieng's Footprints, and buy something for everyone on your list at Riverwalk Mall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gaborone online travel planner.

Getting from Vilanculos to Gaborone by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Vilanculos, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gaborone, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ngamiland East.
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Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Ngamiland East, Botswana — 2 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stop by Motsana Maun and then head outdoors with Mosu Safari Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ngami.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gaborone in January: highs in Ngamiland East hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 3 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chobe Day Trips and CARACAL Biodiversity Center. Step out of the city life by going to Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Serondela Reserve. The adventure continues: walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly to Harare.
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Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Harare, Zimbabwe — 4 nights

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation and Ngomakurira Mountain. Visiting Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary and Haka Game Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: make a trip to Raintree Venue, explore the galleries of Shona Sculpture Gallery, stop by kiki's gallery, and admire the striking features of Eastgate Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Harare trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Chobe National Park to Harare in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Harare can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bulawayo.
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Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

A vacation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, offers a pleasant base for wider explorations of some of the country's national parks and game reserves.
Get in touch with nature at Matobo Hills and Ride Zimbabwe. Explore hidden gems such as Bulawayo Railway Museum and Natural History Museum. Step out of Bulawayo with an excursion to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place in Matobo National Park - The Matopos--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Khami Ruins, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Matobo National Park, and soothe aching muscles at The Haven Relaxation and Beauty Spa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bulawayo online trip planner.

Fly from Harare to Bulawayo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Bulawayo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Victoria Falls.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through The Big Tree, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, then explore the galleries of Prime Art Gallery, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Victoria Falls sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Mozambique travel guide

4.1
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.
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Botswana travel guide

3.7
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.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.2
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.
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