18 days in Mozambique Itinerary

18 days in Mozambique Itinerary

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18 days in Mozambique Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  7​h
1
Vilanculos
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h
2
Tofo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Inhaca Island
— 3 nights
Travel:  5​h
4
Xai-Xai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Maputo
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Inhassoro Beach in Inhassoro (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and delve into the distant past at Manyikeni.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vilanculos online itinerary planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Vilanculos is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Cape Town in December, Vilanculos is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Inhassoro Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Tofo

Tofo ©
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Praia do Tofo and Barra Beach. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Bazaruto, stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tofo trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Vilanculos to Tofo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Tofo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Inhaca Island.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Barra Beach, Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
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Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto

3
nights
Inhaca Island

Inhaca Island ©
Subtropical Inhaca Island draws eco-tourists and biology researchers with its natural formations and abundant wildlife.
Inhaca Island is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Portuguese Island.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inhaca Island vacation planner.

You can fly from Tofo to Inhaca Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In January, daytime highs in Inhaca Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for Xai-Xai on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Inhaca Island

Nature Parks
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Portuguese Island ©
Portuguese Island

2
nights
Xai-Xai

Xai-Xai ©
Xai-Xai is a city in the south of Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Bilene.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Xai-Xai trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Inhaca Island to Xai-Xai. In January in Xai-Xai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Maputo on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Xai-Xai

Outdoors Beaches Nature
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Bilene ©
Bilene

6
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.
Maputo is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Inhaca Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo, and browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica.

Plan trip to Maputo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Xai-Xai to Maputo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. In January, daily temperatures in Maputo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Matola Raid Memorial
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Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island
Club de tenis de Maputo ©
Club de tenis de Maputo

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