21 days in Africa Itinerary

21 days in Africa Itinerary

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Maputo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly to Maputo, Train to Mpaka Station, Drive to Manzini
Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Johannesburg, Fly to Maseru
Maseru, Lesotho
— 2 nights
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
Durban, South Africa
— 7 nights


Maputo, Mozambique — 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Paroquia Santo Antonio and Museu dos CFM. Fortaleza of Maputo and Fundacao Fernando Leite Couto will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Tours Maputo, look for gifts at Daqui! Produtos Regionais, take in nature's colorful creations at Tunduru Botanical Gardens, and explore the world behind art at National Art Museum.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Maputo route builder website.

Wellington, New Zealand to Maputo is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. When traveling from Wellington in August, plan for much warmer days in Maputo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Vilanculos.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vilanculos trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Maputo to Vilanculos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Tofo.
Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Beaches
Side Trip
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Tofo, Mozambique — 2 nights

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 15th (Mon): meet some fierce fish with Mozambique Experience and then stroll through Barra Beach. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tofo attractions planning app.

Traveling by flight from Vilanculos to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tofo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manzini.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips
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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 2 nights

Swaziland's largest town, Manzini bustles with financial and industrial activity, its inner center dominated by malls and offices.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Swaziland Islamic Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Mantenga Nature Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Malolotja Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village and then get a dose of the wild on Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manzini day trip planning site.

Getting from Tofo to Manzini by combination of flight, train, and car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Tofo in August, things will get little chillier in Manzini: highs are around 27°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Maseru.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure
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Maseru, Lesotho — 2 nights

Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): browse the exhibits of National Museum and then make a trip to Morija Museum & Archives. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Maseru tour builder app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Manzini to Maseru in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manzini in August: high temperatures in Maseru hover around 20°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Butha-Buthe.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho — 1 night

Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. On the 21st (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Liphofung Caves and then head off-road at Afriski Mountain Resort.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Butha-Buthe trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Maseru to Butha-Buthe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Maseru in August, Butha-Buthe is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durban.
Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Durban, South Africa — 7 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cumberland Nature Reserve and Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Watercrest Mall (in Waterfall) and Pietermaritzburg (African Bird of Prey Sanctuary & Comrades Marathon House). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, stroll through Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Emmanual Cathedral, and kick back and relax at Umhlanga Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Durban trip planner.

Drive from Butha-Buthe to Durban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Butha-Buthe in August: highs in Durban hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Mozambique travel guide

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.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.

Lesotho travel guide

Biking Trails · Dams · Waterfalls
Kingdom in the Sky
Mountainous Lesotho lends itself well to an adventurous holiday itinerary. Entirely located above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in elevation, the country enjoys a cool climate with around 300 days of sunshine each year. Explorations of the mountains form the backbone of many Lesotho holidays. Remote villages located way up in the highlands, only accessible on foot or by horseback, offer a glimpse into the country's authentic culture with their lively markets, traditional eateries, and musical traditions.