13 days in Mozambique Itinerary

13 days in Mozambique Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mozambique trip itinerary planner

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Vilanculos
— 3 nights
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Tofo
— 2 nights
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Bazaruto Archipelago
— 2 nights
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Matola
— 1 night
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Maputo
— 4 nights
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Vilanculos

— 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.
Step out of Vilanculos to go to Inhassoro and see Inhassoro Beach, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vilanculos holiday planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Vilanculos is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Vilanculos dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tofo sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Vilanculos to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Tofo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bazaruto Archipelago.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Bazaruto Archipelago

— 2 nights

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six islands formed by sand deposits from the Save River.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Two Mile Reef.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Bazaruto Archipelago day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tofo to Bazaruto Archipelago takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Matola.

Things to do in Bazaruto Archipelago

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Matola

— 1 night
Matola is the largest suburb of the Mozambique capital, Maputo, and adjacent to it to the west. On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Matola Raid Memorial.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Matola trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Bazaruto Archipelago to Matola in 3.5 hours. December in Matola sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Maputo.

Things to do in Matola

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Maputo

— 4 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.
Attractions like Inhaca Island and Fortaleza of Maputo make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House), learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maputo day trip planning app.

Maputo is very close to Matola. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature
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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.