​Popular Routes – Mozambique

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Popular Routes in Mozambique

Most tourism in Mozambique falls into one of two categories: self-drive expeditions in southern Mozambique or fly-in beach holidays in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Bazaruto can also be visited as a day trip from Vilanculos and Inhassoro, which makes it accessible to self-drive visitors as well as fly-in package tourists.

Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area & the Coast (1.5 to 2 weeks)

This self-drive itinerary can be an add-on to a South African holiday. After spending a few days in the world-famous Kruger National Park, you can cross from Letaba Rest Camp into Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Border formalities between the two parks are straightforward.

Destinations:

  • Limpopo National Park (2 to 4 days) several exciting 4WD and overnight hiking trails
  • Bilene (1 to 3 days) is a small coastal resort town
  • Maputo (2 to 3 days) is a capital city steeped in history and a great place to party
  • Maputo National Park (2 to 5 days) is a lovely spot to combine bush and beach
  • Ponta do Ouro (3 to 5 days) is a stunning coastal destination, just a short hop from South Africa’s Maputaland coast


Popular add-ons:

  • Vilanculos for ocean activities in the well-known Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Inhaca Island for game fishing, surfing and deserted beaches

Maputo to Beira (1 to 2.5 weeks)

After arriving in Maputo at Maputo International Airport (MPM), follow the coastal route north.

Destinations:

  • Maputo (1 to 2 days) is steeped in history
  • Tofo Beach (2 to 5 days) in Inhambane is a great place to see whale sharks
  • Vilanculos (3 to 5 days) is a lovely place to chill out on the beach and a base for a day trip to the famous reefs of Bazaruto National Park
  • Beira (1 to 2 days) is an old African port and worth some exploration before your flight home via Johannesburg


This same itinerary could be done with a rental car from Johannesburg. In this case you drive to Maputo, follow the same route and leave Mozambique via Chimoio.


Popular add-ons:

  • Inhaca Island for game fishing, surfing and deserted beaches
  • Maputo National Park for ocean safaris and a chance to see elephants
  • Gorongosa National Park for a classic safari experience

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