8 days in Mpumalanga, Maputo & Xai-Xai Itinerary

8 days in Mpumalanga, Maputo & Xai-Xai Itinerary

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Komatipoort, South Africa
— 1 night
Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Xai-Xai, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights


Komatipoort, South Africa — 1 night

Komatipoort is a town situated at the confluence of the Crocodile and Komati Rivers in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Komatipoort online route planner.

Polokwane to Komatipoort is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Maputo.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation
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Maputo, Mozambique — 2 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.
Inhaca Island has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): head off the coast to Inhaca Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, then admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, and finally admire the striking features of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House). On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, then get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tunduru Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Maputo trip builder.

You can drive from Komatipoort to Maputo in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Xai-Xai.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Xai-Xai, Mozambique — 2 nights

Xai-Xai is a city in the south of Mozambique. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Bilene.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Xai-Xai road trip website.

Drive from Maputo to Xai-Xai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a train. In September in Xai-Xai, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Nelspruit.
Outdoors · Nature · Beaches · Parks
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Nelspruit, South Africa — 2 nights

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery. On your second day here, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip planner.

Traveling by car from Xai-Xai to Nelspruit takes 6 hours. In September, Nelspruit is little chillier than Xai-Xai - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Mpumalanga travel guide

National Parks · Nature & Parks · Geologic Formations
Hike through the world's third-highest canyon, and the only green one in the world; explore the world's oldest cave; and witness the diverse wildlife in the many reserves of Mpumalanga. This "place where the sun rises," as the name means in local tongues, features stunning mountain scenery, lush valleys, and charming towns with refreshingly cool weather. Mpumalanga's attractions draw crowds of visitors from far and wide: follow the trails of the 19th-century gold rush in old gold-seeker's towns, rappel down a waterfall, or just take a dip in the pools below after a hike through the rainforests.