28 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

28 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

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Durban, South Africa
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Tofo, Mozambique
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
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Inhaca, Mozambique
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Knysna, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Durban Botanic Gardens and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Oribi Plaza (in Port Shepstone), Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Beaver Creek Coffee Farm (in Port Edward). And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at The Valley of a 1000 Hills, visit Mini Town, stop by Park Boulevard, and make a trip to Pietermaritzburg Railway Station.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Durban route planner.

East London to Durban is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from East London in December: high temperatures in Durban hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tofo, Mozambique

— 1 night
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then stroll through Praia do Tofo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tofo trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Durban to Tofo by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Tofo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Manyikeni and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos holiday planner.

Getting from Tofo to Vilanculos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. December in Vilanculos sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Inhaca.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Inhaca, Mozambique

— 1 night
On the 21st (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Portuguese Island.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Inhaca trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Vilanculos to Inhaca takes 4 hours. December in Inhaca sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Maputo.

Things to do in Inhaca

Nature · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, head off the coast to Inhaca Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Costa do Sol. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano, stop by Casa Elephante, see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum (Museu das Pescas), then take an in-depth tour of National Money Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Vila Algarve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Maputo road trip tool.

Ride a ferry from Inhaca to Maputo in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Maputo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Knysna.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Knysna, South Africa

— 5 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Outeniqua Transport Museum. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park), Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth). There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors, and kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Knysna tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Knysna takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maputo in December, expect Knysna to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Town, South Africa

— 12 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like First South African Perfume Museum and Heart of Cape Town Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay), Franschhoek (Glenwood Vineyards, Eikehof, &more) and Delaire Graff Estate (in Stellenbosch). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Vergelegen Estate, stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, stroll around Greenpoint Park and Biodiversity Garden, and take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online holiday planner.

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.

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.