15 days in Eswatini (Swaziland), Mozambique & Malawi Itinerary

15 days in Eswatini (Swaziland), Mozambique & Malawi Itinerary

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Fly to Johannesburg, Shuttle to Malkerns
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
Fly
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village, and then get a dose of the wild on Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try your luck at Happy Valley Casino, explore the galleries of Gone Rural, and then stop by Swazi Candles.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Malkerns trip builder app.

Accra, Ghana to Malkerns is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Accra to Malkerns. Traveling from Accra in September, expect Malkerns to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Maputo.

Things to do in Malkerns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Maputo, Mozambique

— 3 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.
Maputo is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, and head off the coast to Inhaca Island.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Maputo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Malkerns to Maputo in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Malkerns in September since evenings lows in Maputo dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos and other tourist information, read Tofo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Tofo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Wildlife

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 20th (Mon), kick back and relax at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vilanculos route planning tool.

Getting from Tofo to Vilanculos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Vilanculos are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Mulanje.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Nature · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Mulanje, Malawi

— 1 night
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mulanje tour website.

You can drive from Vilanculos to Mulanje in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Vilanculos in September, you will find days in Mulanje are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 3 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Lilongwe is known for parks, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, browse the different shops at Old Town Mall, take an exotic tour of See Malawi Travel, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament Building.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lilongwe trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Mulanje to Lilongwe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. On the 27th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife · Tours · Shopping · Outdoors

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 · 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.

Malawi travel guide

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Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.