10 days in KwaZulu-Natal, Eswatini (Swaziland) & Mozambique Itinerary

10 days in KwaZulu-Natal, Eswatini (Swaziland) & Mozambique Itinerary

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Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
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St Lucia, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
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Durban, South Africa

— 2 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.
When in Durban, make a side trip to see Spas in Ballito, approximately Ballito away. There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, and stop by Joe's Corner Shop.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durban trip itinerary maker app.

Johannesburg to Durban is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in March; daily highs in Durban reach 35°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

St Lucia, South Africa

— 2 nights
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Your day by day itinerary now includes iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll around iSimangaliso Wetland Park, then stop by Canerat Crafts, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocodile Centre St Lucia and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the St Lucia itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durban to St Lucia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Malkerns.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Gone Rural, then grab your bike and head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, and then try to win big at Happy Valley Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Swazi Candles, take in the awesome beauty at Sheba's Breast Mountain, then steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Malkerns trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from St Lucia to Malkerns in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Maputo.

Things to do in Malkerns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Maputo, Mozambique

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take a tour by water with Mozambique Scuba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, then admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, and finally take in the exciting artwork at CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Maputo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Malkerns to Maputo in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. In March, Maputo is somewhat warmer than Malkerns - with highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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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 27th (Sat): kick back and relax at Barra Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tofo online road trip planner.

You can fly from Maputo to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 1 night
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 28th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get a taste of the local shopping with Machilla Magic.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Vilanculos travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tofo to Vilanculos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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Highlights from your trip

KwaZulu-Natal travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · Aquariums · Beaches
In KwaZulu-Natal, opposites attract: modern malls and old bazaars, tribal settlements and shiny skyscrapers, and traditional customs and Western culture. Relax on some of the numerous tranquil beaches that dot the region's long coastline on the Indian Ocean. Climb the mountains, take a savannah safari, see Africa's Big Five game, then go partying after dark. Other highlights of a KwaZulu-Natal itinerary include the second-highest waterfall in the world, Zulu villages, and historic battlefields.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

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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.

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.