29 days in Zimbabwe, South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

29 days in Zimbabwe, South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

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Fly to Hendrik Van Eck Airport, Drive to Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Drive
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 5 nights

One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Safaris. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Three Roundavels and Bushmans Trail. Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit to see Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 6th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail and trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kruger National Park is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Kruger National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, expect nights in Kruger National Park to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Maputo.
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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.
On the 9th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on Tours Maputo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, then learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, then shop like a local with CCBM - Centro Cultural Brasil-Mocambique, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tunduru Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Fortaleza of Maputo, head off the coast to Inhaca Island, and then kick back and relax at Praia da Costa do Sol.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Maputo trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kruger National Park to Maputo in 6.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in September since evenings lows in Maputo dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Vilanculos.
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 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.
Visit Parque Nacional de Bazaruto and Inhassoro Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Manyikeni and soothe aching muscles at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Vilanculos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Harare.
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Harare, Zimbabwe — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at National Heroes Acre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Cathedral, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anglican Cathedral. On the next day, soothe aching muscles at Amara's Health Spa and then stroll through Mukuvisi Woodlands.

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Getting from Vilanculos to Harare by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Vilanculos in September, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Harare. You will leave for Matobo National Park - The Matopos on the 17th (Sun).
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matobo National Park - The Matopos route planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Harare to Matobo National Park - The Matopos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Matobo National Park - The Matopos sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hwange National Park.
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): walk around Hwange National Park and then stroll through Painted Dog Conservation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hwange National Park attractions site.

You can drive from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Hwange National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hwange National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Victoria Falls Snake Park. Get in touch with nature at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Victoria Falls route builder tool.

Drive from Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 6 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ukutula Conservation Center and Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam. Take a break from the city and head to Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary and Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Balloon Rides (in Muldersdrift), Krugersdorp (Cradlestone Mall & 7th Heaven Scuba) and Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site). Spend the 28th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria Falls in September, things will get slightly colder in Johannesburg: highs are around 30°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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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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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
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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