10 days in South Africa, Malkerns & Maputo Itinerary

10 days in South Africa, Malkerns & Maputo Itinerary

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Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
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St Lucia, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of Durban with an excursion to Spas in Ballito--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, examine the collection at Phansi Museum, view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Durban tour itinerary planner.

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

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St Lucia, South Africa

— 3 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.
Explore St Lucia's surroundings by going to Hluhluwe Game Reserve (Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park & Emdoneni Cheetah project), Ukuhamba Guiding (in Hluhluwe) and Zamimpilo Community Market (in Ophondweni). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, stop by Canerat Crafts, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and stroll through Crocodile Centre St Lucia.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia travel route planner.

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 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Malkerns.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 2 nights
On the 25th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Gone Rural, grab your bike and head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, and then try to win big at Happy Valley Casino. On the next day, look for gifts at Swazi Candles, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sheba's Breast Mountain, then contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village, and finally head outdoors with Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Malkerns trip maker website.

You can drive from St Lucia to Malkerns in 4.5 hours. In March in Malkerns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Maputo.

Things to do in Malkerns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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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 27th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, step off the mainland to explore Inhaca Island, and then head off the coast to Xefina Pequena. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Mozambique Scuba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, and then admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Maputo online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Malkerns to Maputo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Malkerns in March, expect Maputo to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maputo

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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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.