21 days in Eswatini (Swaziland) & Mozambique Itinerary

21 days in Eswatini (Swaziland) & Mozambique Itinerary

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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 6 nights
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Inhaca, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 3 nights
Swaziland's largest town, Manzini bustles with financial and industrial activity, its inner center dominated by malls and offices.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manzini: Mbabane (Royal Swazi Spa & Sibebe Rock), Ezulwini (Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre & Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary) and Ngwenya Mine (in Ngwenya). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village, stop by Swazi Candles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Malolotja Nature Reserve, and try to win big at Happy Valley Casino.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manzini vacation planning website.

Newark, USA to Manzini is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Manzini, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, things will get much warmer in Manzini: highs are around 81°F and lows about 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Simunye.

Things to do in Manzini

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 2 nights
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Hlane Royal National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Sugarcane Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges, and then stroll through Mlawula Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Simunye trip planning site.

You can drive from Manzini to Simunye in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ponta do Ouro.

Things to do in Simunye

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ponta do Ouro trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Simunye to Ponta do Ouro in 3.5 hours. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Maputo.

Things to do in Ponta do Ouro

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Maputo, Mozambique

— 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.
Maputo is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Inhaca Island, admire the striking features of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House), browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, and get a new perspective on nature at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Maputo trip planner.

You can drive from Ponta do Ouro to Maputo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Inhaca.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:

Inhaca, Mozambique

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Portuguese Island.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Inhaca online journey maker.

Getting from Maputo to Inhaca by ferry takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Inhaca

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tofo road trip planning website.

Fly from Inhaca to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In December, daytime highs in Tofo are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional de Bazaruto in Bazaruto Archipelago (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic, soothe aching muscles at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos planning tool.

You can fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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.