21 days in Mozambique & Kinshasa Itinerary

21 days in Mozambique & Kinshasa Itinerary

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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 5 nights
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inhassoro Beach (in Inhassoro) and Parque Nacional de Bazaruto (in Bazaruto Archipelago). There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, shop like a local with Machilla Magic, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vilanculos day trip tool.

Newark, USA to Vilanculos is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Vilanculos to be warmer, temps between 83°F and 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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Tofo, Mozambique

— 3 nights
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Tofo is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tofo route planner.

You can fly from Vilanculos to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in December, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Ponta do Ouro.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

— 2 nights
On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ponta do Ouro trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Tofo to Ponta do Ouro in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Maputo.

Things to do in Ponta do Ouro

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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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.
Maputo is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Inhaca Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, admire the landmark architecture of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House), and learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Maputo holiday planner.

Drive from Ponta do Ouro to Maputo in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Maputo are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Mozambique Island, Mozambique

— 2 nights
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Governor's Palace Museum and then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mozambique Island route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Mozambique Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Maputo in December, Mozambique Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Kinshasa.

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Museums · Historic Sites

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

— 4 nights
In a city bubbling with life, a Kinshasa vacation offers a non-stop immersion into African culture and history.
Change things up with a short trip to Zongo Falls in Zongo (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lola ya Bonobo, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Serpents du Congo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame Du Congo, and explore and take pictures at Paroisse Sainte Anne.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Kinshasa trip maker.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and ferry from Mozambique Island to Kinshasa in 15.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mozambique Island to Kinshasa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mozambique Island in December, plan for little chillier nights in Kinshasa, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kinshasa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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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.