38 days in Mozambique Itinerary

38 days in Mozambique Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mozambique travel route maker

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Maputo
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Inhaca, Inhaca Island
— 2 nights
Bus
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Xai-Xai
— 1 night
Drive
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Tofo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bazaruto Archipelago
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inhassoro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vilanculos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beira
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gorongosa National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Manica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tete
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quelimane
— 1 night
Drive
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Gurue
— 1 night
Drive
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Nampula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mozambique Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pemba
— 1 night
Drive
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Quirimbas Archipelago
— 2 nights

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Maputo

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museu dos CFM and Mesquita da Baixa. Kids will appreciate attractions like FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica and Casa de Ferro (The Iron House). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Inhaca Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, browse the different shops at Maputo Shopping Center, and steep yourself in history at Vila Algarve.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Maputo trip planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Maputo Airport. In September in Maputo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Inhaca.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Inhaca, Inhaca Island

— 2 nights
Inhaca is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Portuguese Island.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Inhaca online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Maputo to Inhaca by ferry takes about 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Xai-Xai.

Things to do in Inhaca

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Xai-Xai

— 1 night
Xai-Xai is a city in the south of Mozambique. On the 11th (Sat), explore the activities along Bilene.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Xai-Xai planner.

Take a bus from Inhaca to Xai-Xai in 5.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tofo.

Things to do in Xai-Xai

Nature · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Tofo

— 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 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Tofo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Barra Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tofo online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Xai-Xai to Tofo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In September, daytime highs in Tofo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bazaruto Archipelago.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bazaruto Archipelago

— 2 nights

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six islands formed by sand deposits from the Save River.
On the 14th (Tue), stroll through Two Mile Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bazaruto Archipelago online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tofo to Bazaruto Archipelago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daytime highs in Bazaruto Archipelago are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inhassoro.

Things to do in Bazaruto Archipelago

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Inhassoro

— 2 nights
Inhassoro is a small fishing port in Inhassoro District of Inhambane Province in Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Inhassoro Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Inhassoro trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Bazaruto Archipelago to Inhassoro with the Route module. In September in Inhassoro, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll set off for Vilanculos on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Inhassoro

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Vilanculos

— 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 18th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Manyikeni. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos route builder website.

You can drive from Inhassoro to Vilanculos in 1.5 hours. In September in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Beira.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Beira

— 3 nights
Beira is the third largest city in Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Macuti Lighthouse and Shipwreck and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Beira Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Beira online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Vilanculos to Beira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel to Gorongosa National Park.

Things to do in Beira

Historic Sites

Gorongosa National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gorongosa National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Beira to Gorongosa National Park with the Route module. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Manica.

Things to do in Gorongosa National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Manica

— 2 nights
Manica is a market town in western Mozambique, lying west of Chimoio in the province of Manica. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ndzou Camp.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manica tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gorongosa National Park to Manica. In September, daily temperatures in Manica can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will leave for Tete on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Manica

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tete

— 3 nights
Tete is the capital city of Tete Province in Mozambique. On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sao Joao Baptista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose de Boroma.

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You can fly from Manica to Tete in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Manica in September, expect Tete to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 26°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Quelimane.

Things to do in Tete

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Quelimane

— 1 night
Quelimane is a seaport in Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Zalala Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Quelimane vacation builder site.

You can fly from Tete to Quelimane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tete in September, expect Quelimane to be a bit cooler, temps between 36°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Gurue.

Things to do in Quelimane

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Gurue

— 1 night
Gurúè is a town located in the northern part of Mozambique, near the center of the province of Zambezia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): head outdoors with Mount Namuli.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gurue road trip website.

Traveling by car from Quelimane to Gurue takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nampula.

Things to do in Gurue

Outdoors

Nampula

— 2 nights
Nampula is the capital city of Nampula Province in northeastern Mozambique.It has a population of 471,717 (2007 census), making it the third largest city in Mozambique after Maputo and Beira. On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at Musim, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Fatima, and then see the interesting displays at Mozambique National Ethnographic Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nampula day trip planning website.

You can drive from Gurue to Nampula in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. September in Nampula sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Nampula

Museums · Historic Sites

Mozambique Island

— 4 nights
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sao Sebastiao Peninsula and Cathedral of Nacala. Step out of Mozambique Island with an excursion to Mesquita Central de Nacala in Nacala--about 1h 35 min away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao and examine the collection at Governor's Palace Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mozambique Island road trip planning site.

Drive from Nampula to Mozambique Island in 3 hours. In October in Mozambique Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Pemba on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Pemba

— 1 night
Once named Porto Amelia after the Queen of Portugal, today Pemba retains much of the former Portuguese colonial influence.
On the 7th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Wimbe Beach and then look for gifts at Moussa sacko.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pemba road trip planning app.

Do a combination of car and flight from Mozambique Island to Pemba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Pemba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Quirimbas Archipelago.

Things to do in Pemba

Beaches · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Quirimbas Archipelago

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Vamizi Island.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Quirimbas Archipelago trip itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pemba to Quirimbas Archipelago. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will leave for home on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Quirimbas Archipelago

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.