17 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

17 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Drive:  6 h 30 min
1
Hluhluwe, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Kosi Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Maputo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Xai-Xai, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Tofo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
6
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Hluhluwe, South Africa

Hluhluwe ©
Hluhluwe is a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 6th (Sun), explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bhangazi Horse Safaris, then enjoy the sand and surf at St Lucia Beach, and finally stroll through Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Bonamanzi Game Reserve, look for gifts at Ilala Weavers, then stroll through Zulu Croc Reptile Park, and finally pick up some local products at Zamimpilo Community Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Hluhluwe sightseeing planner.

Johannesburg to Hluhluwe is an approximately 6.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for Kosi Bay.

Things to do in Hluhluwe

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

St Lucia, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Zamimpilo Community Market
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Bhangazi Horse Safaris ©
Bhangazi Horse Safaris
Bonamanzi Game Reserve ©
Bonamanzi Game Reserve
Ilala Weavers ©
Ilala Weavers

2
nights
Kosi Bay, South Africa

Kosi Bay ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Devocean Diving. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tembe National Elephant Park and then kick back and relax at Rocktail Bay. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Devocean Diving.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kosi Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hluhluwe to Kosi Bay in 2.5 hours. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Maputo.

Things to do in Kosi Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tembe National Elephant Park, Devocean Diving, Rocktail Bay
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Tembe National Elephant Park ©
Tembe National Elephant Park

3
nights
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
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 10th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo and then buy something for everyone on your list at Maputo Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, steep yourself in history at Vila Algarve, get a new perspective on nature at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, then admire the striking features of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita da Baixa, and finally see the interesting displays at National Money Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Maputo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kosi Bay to Maputo takes 2 hours. December in Maputo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Xai-Xai.

Things to do in Maputo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Museu dos CFM ©
Museu dos CFM
Praia da Costa do Sol ©
Praia da Costa do Sol
Casa Elefante ©
Casa Elefante

3
nights
Xai-Xai, Mozambique

Xai-Xai
Xai-Xai is a city in the south of Mozambique. Xai-Xai is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Bilene.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Xai-Xai trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Maputo to Xai-Xai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. In December, daytime highs in Xai-Xai are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for Tofo on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Xai-Xai

Parks Beaches Nature
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4
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo ©
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Marine Megafauna Foundation. Explore hidden gems such as Praia do Tofo and Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Barra Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tofo tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Xai-Xai to Tofo in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In December in Tofo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Hoedspruit on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Barra Beach
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Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach
Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tee off at Drakensig Golf Club, stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge, then get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, get to know the resident critters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, then tee off at Hans Merensky Golf Estate, and finally learn about winemaking at Amarula Lapa.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Hoedspruit fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Tofo to Hoedspruit by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hoedspruit when traveling from Tofo in December, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge
Siyafunda Conservation ©
Siyafunda Conservation
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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