Mozambique Travel Guide



Mozambique is a gorgeous tropical paradise of a country. The coastline is long, and palm-fringed beaches define lovely bays sheltering colourful coral reefs. But like any paradise – there's the odd rotten apple and even a serpent or two. A hideous twenty-year war when the country was used as a pawn between the superpowers, and neighbouring countries, was followed by devastating cyclones and floods. Mozambique still has a way to go but it's bouncing back. If there was an Oscar ceremony for countries, Mozambique would win the award for resilience and grace under pressure.

The beautiful beaches are fully operational, there are dive operators almost everywhere the reefs are easily accessible, and accommodation options range from backpackers and camping sites to five star extravaganzas. Most of the towns and cities are picking up slowly and there is a certain shabby chic touch to unmaintained Art Deco buildings decaying in style. The streets are lined with flowering trees and vibrant markets and small businesses. The main reasons most people visit Mozambique, though are to dive, fish, sun tan or indulge in yummy seafood. Mozambique is renowned for its succulent swimming prawns – although by the time most people see them they're swimming in peri-peri sauce. (In case you're wondering, swimming prawns are distinct from those rather squooshy things that hide out in the mud – and they taste muucch better.)

Ponta do Ouro and Ponta Malongane, together just called Ponta and just across the border from South Africa, are very popular diving, fishing and surfing resorts. In the 1970s Maputo was the playground of southern Africa – balmy nights, Portuguese wine, prawns by the bucketful and wild Latin-African rhythms made this a party destination of note. It's coming – with a bit more style and a lot more relaxed dress code.

In Maputo Bay is Inhaca Island – a little tropical paradise all of its own. Mangrove forests, lovely beaches, a good hotel, great diving and snorkelling, a small low key marine museum and a small village give it a special holiday air. There are good beach destinations all up the coast, but the more popular areas include the area around Inhambane, the Bazaruto Archipelago and, in the last few years, the far north, near Pemba.
You can drive into Mozambique from South Africa and the roads, while not exactly pristine, are passable in a two-wheel drive vehicle. The bus service is adequate but only for relatively adventurous travellers. There are international airports at Maputo, Inhambane, Vilanculos (near the Bazaruto Archipelago) and Pemba.

Note: If you are planning to travel to Mozambique please be aware that this region is malarial. Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article on malaria.

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Accommodation near Mozambique

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R750
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 18 Bilene Self-catering in Bilene

Serenity is situated close to Nhabanga on 1 ha of land with a 100 m beachfront. This is an idyllic ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Dona Soraya Lodge

Sleeps 30 Vilanculos Resort in Vilanculos

Dona Soraya Lodge is situated on South Beach of Vilanculos, overlooking the spectacular Indian Ocean...

from R680
1 night, 2 adults

Aldeia Guest House

Sleeps 16 Matola Guest House in Matola

Aldeia Guest House is a relaxed guest house situated in Matola North. Matola is a city in southern ...

from R260
1 night, 2 adults

Phambuka Resort

Sleeps 426 Ponta do Ouro Self-catering, Ponta do Ouro Resort in Ponta do Ouro

Phambuka Resort is a locally owned and run resort situated in the quiet bush on the southern out ski...

from R3000
1 night, 2 adults

Inhambane Beach House

Sleeps 6 Praia da Rocha (Inhambane) Self-catering in Praia da Rocha (Inhambane)

Inhambane Beach House is a lovely beach villa situated in the Praia Da Rocha Beach Estate, a short d...

from R220
1 night, 2 adults

Carioca Inn

Sleeps 20 Bilene Self-catering in Bilene

Carioca Inn is situated on Bilene Beach and offers guests a choice of five rooms or a Flat which enj...

from R1100
1 night, 2 adults

Moringa Guest House

Sleeps 27 Maputo Guest House in Maputo

Moringa Guest House is situated in Maputo city center, near all the major city centre attractions.

from R1400
1 night, 2 adults

Paraiso do Ouro

Sleeps 112 Ponta do Ouro Resort in Ponta do Ouro

This is a beautiful privately owned beach resort situated in the village of Ponta do Ouro, in Mozamb...

from R320
1 night, 2 adults

Manico Camp

Sleeps 78 Inhaca Island Self-catering in Inhaca Island

Manico Camp will satisfy every tourist, whether you are looking for an adventurous holiday destinati...

Devocean Diving Resort
from R355
1 night, 2 adults

Devocean Diving Resort

Sleeps 31 Ponta do Ouro Tented Camp in Ponta do Ouro

Devocean Diving is a professional and friendly dive operation based in Ponta Do Ouro, Southern Mozam...