56 days in Mozambique & Tanzania Itinerary

56 days in Mozambique & Tanzania Itinerary

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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
— 1 day
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 7 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Inhassoro, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Beira, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Quelimane, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Pemba, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Paje, Tanzania
— 7 nights
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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 8 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

— 1 day
On the 2nd (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ponta do Ouro day trip planner.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Ponta do Ouro is an approximately 16.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Maputo.

Things to do in Ponta do Ouro

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Maputo, Mozambique

— 7 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: do sightseeing your way with Mozambique Scuba, browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, examine the collection at Museu dos CFM, and step off the mainland to explore Inhaca Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Maputo trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Ponta do Ouro to Maputo takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 9:

Tofo, Mozambique

— 4 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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tofo online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Tofo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for Vilanculos on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 4 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.
Take a break from Vilanculos with a short trip to Parque Nacional de Bazaruto in Bazaruto Archipelago, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vilanculos attractions planning website.

You can fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Inhassoro.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Inhassoro, Mozambique

— 4 nights
Inhassoro is a small fishing port in Inhassoro District of Inhambane Province in Mozambique. Inhassoro is known for beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Inhassoro Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inhassoro itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Vilanculos to Inhassoro in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You will leave for Beira on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Inhassoro

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Beira, Mozambique

— 4 nights
Beira is the third largest city in Mozambique. Beira is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Macuti Lighthouse and Shipwreck and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Beira Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Beira day trip planning app.

You can drive from Inhassoro to Beira in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Beira sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll set off for Quelimane on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Beira

Historic Sites
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Quelimane, Mozambique

— 4 nights
Quelimane is a seaport in Mozambique. Quelimane is known for beaches and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Zalala Beach and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Quelimane Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Quelimane road trip app.

Getting from Beira to Quelimane by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Quelimane sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), you're off to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Quelimane

Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique

— 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.
Mozambique Island is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Governor's Palace Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Sebastiao Peninsula, and steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mozambique Island journey planner.

You can drive from Quelimane to Mozambique Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel to Pemba.

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
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Pemba, Mozambique

— 4 nights
Once named Porto Amelia after the Queen of Portugal, today Pemba retains much of the former Portuguese colonial influence.
Pemba is known for beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Wimbe Beach and stop by Moussa sacko.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pemba driving holiday site.

Do a combination of car and flight from Mozambique Island to Pemba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Pemba sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll set off for Dar es Salaam on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Pemba

Beaches · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

— 1 night
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Dar es Salaam trip maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pemba to Dar es Salaam. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. March in Dar es Salaam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll set off for Zanzibar City on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 1 night
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at The Spa at Park Hyatt Zanzibar, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and then admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib).

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip planner.

Getting from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Zanzibar City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites · Spas
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Paje, Tanzania

— 7 nights
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Change things up with a short trip to Eddy Murphy Safari in Kizimkazi (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Rising Sun Dive Center, Head underground at Kuza Cave, get outside with Kite Dream Zanzibar, and walk around Jozani Forest.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paje holiday planner.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Paje in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 18th (Fri), you're off to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 18:

Nungwi, Tanzania

— 8 nights
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nungwi: Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe), Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City) and Off-Road Tours (in Kiwengwa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, stop by Bahati Beach Boutique, stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, and explore the fascinating underground world of Tazari Caves.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nungwi tour itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Paje to Nungwi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Nungwi are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 26:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve, and then examine the collection at Freddie Mercury Museum.

Find out how to plan Zanzibar City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Nungwi to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

— 1 night
On the 27th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at The Slipway Shopping Centre.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dar es Salaam vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Dar es Salaam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:

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.

Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.