18 days in Johannesburg, Maputo & Tofo Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Tofo, Mozambique
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 5 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria). There's still lots to do: laugh and play at Gold Reef City, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in December, with highs in Johannesburg at 33°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Maputo.
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Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
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Maputo, Mozambique — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Tunduru Botanical Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo, get a new perspective on nature at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Fundacao Fernando Leite Couto. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, then see the interesting displays at Museu dos CFM, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with Mozambique Scuba.

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

You can fly from Johannesburg to Maputo in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Maputo when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tofo.
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Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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 22nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, kick back and relax at Barra Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, then relax and rejuvenate at Massagem Tropical, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tofo trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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