16 days in Mozambique Itinerary

16 days in Mozambique Itinerary

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16 days in Mozambique Itinerary

Start: Windhoek
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Maputo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Gorongosa National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Nampula
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Mozambique Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Bazaruto Archipelago
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Tofo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h
7
Vilanculos
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Cape Town

5
nights
Maputo

Maputo ©
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 Inhaca Island and Xefina Pequena. Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo and Fortaleza of Maputo will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, walk around Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Maputo vacation maker site.

Windhoek, Namibia to Maputo is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Windhoek in March, Maputo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gorongosa National Park.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Matola Raid Memorial
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Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island
Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo ©
Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo
Fortaleza of Maputo ©
Fortaleza of Maputo

1
night
Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gorongosa National Park trip itinerary site.

Fly from Maputo to Gorongosa National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nampula.

Things to do in Gorongosa National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa ©
Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa

1
night
Nampula

Nampula ©
Nampula is the capital city of Nampula Province in northeastern Mozambique.It has a population of 471,717 (2007 census), making it the third largest city in Mozambique after Maputo and Beira. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musim, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Fatima, and then examine the collection at Mozambique National Ethnographic Museum.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nampula trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Gorongosa National Park to Nampula in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Nampula

Museums Historic Sites
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Mozambique National Ethnographic Museum ©
Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Fatima ©
Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Fatima

1
night
Mozambique Island

Mozambique Island ©
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Sao Sebastiao Peninsula, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao, and then examine the collection at Governor's Palace Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mozambique Island trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nampula to Mozambique Island in 3 hours. March in Mozambique Island sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bazaruto Archipelago.

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Governor's Palace Museum ©
Governor's Palace Museum
Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao ©
Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao
Sao Sebastiao Peninsula ©
Sao Sebastiao Peninsula

1
night
Bazaruto Archipelago

Bazaruto Archipelago ©
Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six islands formed by sand deposits from the Save River.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Two Mile Reef.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bazaruto Archipelago trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mozambique Island to Bazaruto Archipelago takes 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mozambique Island in March: high temperatures in Bazaruto Archipelago hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Bazaruto Archipelago

Parks Beaches Nature
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Two Mile Reef ©
Two Mile Reef
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto

2
nights
Tofo

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 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao and then stroll through Barra Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tofo journey planner.

Getting from Bazaruto Archipelago to Tofo by flight takes about 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Barra Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach

2
nights
Vilanculos

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.
On the 4th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vilanculos vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tofo to Vilanculos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Vilanculos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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