16 days in Eswatini (Swaziland) & Mozambique Itinerary

16 days in Eswatini (Swaziland) & Mozambique Itinerary

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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 5 nights
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Drive
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Piggs Peak, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
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Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 day
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Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA and Inhassoro Beach. Go for a jaunt from Vilanculos to Bazaruto Archipelago to see Parque Nacional de Bazaruto about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vilanculos day trip planning website.

London, UK to Vilanculos is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Vilanculos due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Vilanculos to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo and then stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tofo tour planner.

Getting from Vilanculos to Tofo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Maputo.

Things to do in Tofo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Maputo, Mozambique

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museu dos CFM and Mozambique Scuba. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita da Baixa, steep yourself in history at Vila Algarve, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House).

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Maputo road trip site.

You can fly from Tofo to Maputo in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Maputo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Simunye.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 1 night
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hlane Royal National Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Simunye travel route planner.

You can drive from Maputo to Simunye in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Maputo in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Simunye: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 38°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Piggs Peak.

Things to do in Simunye

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Piggs Peak, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 2 nights
Piggs Peak is a town in north western Swaziland. On the 16th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Nsangwini Bushman Paintings and then browse the exhibits of Tintsaba Crafts.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Piggs Peak trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Simunye to Piggs Peak takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 38°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ezulwini.

Things to do in Piggs Peak

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 1 day

Valley of Heaven

Removed from the bigger and busier parts of the country, Ezulwini Valley represents a quiet place where visitors can relax but at the same time discover the wildlife that spreads across this region.
On the 17th (Sat), look for gifts at Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery Eswatini, contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village, and then get a dose of the wild on Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ezulwini tour app.

You can drive from Piggs Peak to Ezulwini in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Piggs Peak in September, expect nights in Ezulwini to be cooler, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ezulwini

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

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.

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.