58 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Johannesburg
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly to Vilankulo Airport, Drive to Bazaruto Archipelago
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Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Fly to Nampula, Drive to Mozambique Island
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 9 nights
Fly
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Durban, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 16 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Johannesburg, South Africa — 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Regent Safaris (in Hazyview), Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Spend the 1st (Sat) trying your luck at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Johannesburg. Traveling from Brussels in September, you will find days in Johannesburg are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bazaruto Archipelago.
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Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique — 2 nights

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six islands formed by sand deposits from the Save River.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Two Mile Reef.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bazaruto Archipelago visit app.

Explore your travel options from Johannesburg to Bazaruto Archipelago with the Route module. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bazaruto Archipelago, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 3 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Change things up with a short trip to Massagem Tropical in Inhambane (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Barra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Tofo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tofo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bazaruto Archipelago to Tofo takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mozambique Island.
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique — 2 nights

Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
On the 9th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Sebastiao Peninsula, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao, and then admire the masterpieces at Governor's Palace Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mozambique Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Tofo to Mozambique Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tofo in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mozambique Island, with lows around 26°C. You'll set off for Maputo on the 10th (Mon).
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Maputo, Mozambique — 9 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.
Maputo is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Tours Maputo, view the masterpieces at Fundacao Fernando Leite Couto, head off the coast to Inhaca Island, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Maputo route website.

You can fly from Mozambique Island to Maputo in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mozambique Island in October, with highs in Maputo at 33°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Durban.
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Durban, South Africa — 6 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: African Bird of Prey Sanctuary (in Pietermaritzburg) and Ballito (Spas & Holla Trails). And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Durban travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Durban takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Durban can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa — 7 nights

As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Waterfall Trail, Suspension Bridge, &more), Garden Route National Park (in Knysna) and Storms River (The Dolphin Trail & Bitou Art Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at Forest Nature Spa, and head outdoors with Secrets of Knysna Forest.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

You can fly from Durban to Plettenberg Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in October: high temperatures in Plettenberg Bay hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa — 5 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: Calitzdorp (Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, Rooiberg Pass, &more) and De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall & Meiringspoort). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Farm, look for gifts at Bella-Mia Pottery, and cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn online road trip planner.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 16 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum, Lynx Wine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and stroll through Signal Hill.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Oudtshoorn, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel 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

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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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