38 days in Namibia, South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

38 days in Namibia, South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Knysna, South Africa
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Durban, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
9
Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 1 day
+3
Drive + Fly + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
10
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund ©
Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Safaris. Explore Swakopmund's surroundings by going to Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland) and Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's lots more to do: stroll through Dune 7, stop by Karakulia Weavers, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund online route builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Swakopmund is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Amsterdam in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Swakopmund: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe
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Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Step out of the city life by going to NamibRand Nature Reserve and Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: stroll through Deadvlei, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, browse the different shops at The Grove Mall of Namibia, and engage your brain at Geological Survey Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Windhoek road trip planning tool.

Getting from Swakopmund to Windhoek by combination of car and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Swakopmund in December: high temperatures in Windhoek hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

7
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Robben Island Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Clifton Beaches and Fish Hoek Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shark Diving in Gansbaai (about 2 hours away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cape Point, trek along Platteklip Gorge, enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Windhoek, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

5
nights
Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Get in touch with nature at Cango Caves and Robberg Nature Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), St Peters Anglican Church (in Plettenberg Bay) and The Crags (Birds of Eden, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, hike along Otter Trail, and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Knysna online journey planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, you will find days in Knysna are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park, Cango Caves
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

5
nights
Durban, South Africa

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Visit Willard Beach and Umzumbe Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Shark Diving and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam (in Tongaat) and KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, catch the contagious excitement of Giba Gorge Horse Trails, and view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Durban trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Knysna to Durban takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Knysna in January: high temperatures in Durban hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Willard Beach, Umzumbe Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

2
nights
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head off the coast to Inhaca Island and then view the masterpieces at CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Maputo trip simple and quick.

Getting from Durban to Maputo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island

2
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

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 (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Tofo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tofo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Maputo to Tofo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Tofo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bazaruto Archipelago.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Barra Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach

1
night
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago ©
Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six islands formed by sand deposits from the Save River.
On the 24th (Fri), see the vivid underwater world at Two Mile Reef.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bazaruto Archipelago trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Tofo to Bazaruto Archipelago by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Bazaruto Archipelago

Wildlife Parks
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Two Mile Reef ©
Two Mile Reef

1
day
Mozambique Island, Mozambique

Mozambique Island ©
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Sao Sebastiao Peninsula.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mozambique Island vacation builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bazaruto Archipelago to Mozambique Island in 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mozambique Island when traveling from Bazaruto Archipelago in January, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Wildlife Parks
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Sao Sebastiao Peninsula ©
Sao Sebastiao Peninsula

6
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and The Cradle of Humankind. Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, try to win big at Montecasino, and stroll around The Wilds.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg sightseeing site.

Getting from Mozambique Island to Johannesburg by combination of car, flight, and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mozambique Island in January; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, The Cradle of Humankind, Ukutula Conservation Center
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Safaris
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
The Cradle of Humankind ©
The Cradle of Humankind

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