7 Things to do while in Mozambique

Dhow Cruise Ilha De Mozambique

Mozambique is in the news again because it is the IN tourist destination this summer. There is so much to do in sunny Mozambique and we are going to whittle this down to only 7 MUST do’s. There are world class beaches, fancy hotels and island villas, top end water sport activities, scuba diving, whale watching and spa treatments. The list goes on and on. Try these 7 things to do for starters:

1. Visit Maputo and stay in the awesome Hotel Avenida 

Maputo has been the capital of Mozambique for nearly 120 years. Once known as Lourenço Marques, it is also the biggest city in Mozambique and home to the country’s most important natural harbour. Only 90 km from the border of South Africa, this was initially known as Delagoa Bay, discovered by Vasco da Gama in 1498.

You can visit the port or take a walk to the picturesque beaches from there – where you can surf the strong waves and meet smiling locals selling fresh cashew nuts. When you set off on foot to explore Maputo, you will find many others doing the same – residents, visitors, business people, tourists and children.

Make your base the plush Hotel Avenida which offers the highest standards for tired businessmen and families rearing to go. Work out in the high-tech Health Club and Spa, do laps in the outdoor swimming pool, then sip great South African wines in the wonderful bar. Discover this regal Mozambique hotel only five minutes away from the glorious Botanical Gardens, colonial city hall, museum of natural history and Maputo Cathedral. Enjoy ballroom and honeymoon facilities, a hair salon and sauna plus state of the art business facilities including free high speed Wi-Fi, modern audio-visual equipment and computer station.

2. Picnic on Inhaca Island 

Launching from Maputo Bay, boats take tourists to one of the last biodiversity hot spots in Africa. Few people live here on a peaceful isle where rare and wonderful plants and animals still exist. Take time to wander around, visiting the museum and snorkelling the bays to see incredible ocean creatures. This is the kind of destination people dream about – space, silence, wild nature and somewhere beautiful to stay. At low tide, you can walk to nearby Portuguese Island for a swim but time it when the cruise ships are not there.

3. Deep Sea Diving in Tofo

Tofo is undoubtedly one of the best underwater destinations in the world. The marine life is plentiful and the list of breathtaking sea creatures seems endless, with the region hosting 16 coral reefs with pretty manta rays and curious whale sharks. The rich layers of colorful coral are rich in tropical fish, butterflies, angels and graceful Moorish idols. With water temperatures between 23 and 29 degrees Celsius, this underwater world carries large amounts of nutrient plankton. And if you’re lucky enough there is a chance to witness the majestic leatherback turtle or loggerhead sea turtle.

4. Ocean safaris 

If you want to get out and see marine wildlife in comfort and without getting wet, choose an ocean safari. These boat rides are offered by many luxury hotels and lodges and often go out at sunset where cocktails and cold beers are served as you watch the sun sink into the sea.  You may be lucky enough to see dolphins surfing the swells and the ocean is so clear in Mozambique that you will also be able to view Manta rays, Whale sharks and if you are in the Bazaruto Archipelago, the rare Dugong grazing sea grasses far below you. Most Mozambican boats are simple wooden vessels called dhows and their local sailors have many stories to tell.

5. Holiday in the Bazaruto Archipelago 

These idyllic islands off the Mozambique main coastline offer a wide range of beach holiday activities where holidays centre around sea and sun and sand. Time to escape real life and do something completely different – get active or relax on an island in Mozambique when you try kite surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, deep sea diving and fishing. Relax in various therapeutic spas and wellness centres, gyms, libraries and stunning swimming pool decks. Discover a unique rustic-chic atmosphere where everything is built in natural Mozambique style yet features luxurious facilities.


6. Dhow Cruise in the Quirimbas Archipealgo

Pretend to be an adventurer of yesteryear who searched the waters for land, having never set foot in these parts ever before. Look out for traditional fishermen still catching fish from their Dhows as they have been doing for centuries. Ibo Island Lodge (LINK) island hopping dhow safaris involve camping in tents on a desert island somewhere, elegant picnic lunches under shade and chats around the fire all night while professional guides and local crews leave you in peace.

Evening fires and lanterns create soft lights and food is grilled to perfection – smell those Mozambican spices as the lobster cooks! Choose the scheduled dhow safari that suits you or tailor make your own safari in discussion with Ibo Island Lodge staff. The best package is the standard recommended minimum itinerary of 4 nights’ island hopping by dhow (with kayaks and dive equipment on board) and 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge.

Quirimbas Archipelago Dhow Safaris Ibo Island

7. A Cultural holiday on Mozambique Island 

Book a wonderful Mozambique holiday package to this tiny island, only three kilometres long and 500 metres wide. Walk across the bridge connecting the island to the mainland and mingle with the approximately 16 000 people living mostly in thriving Macuti Town. Stone Town, on the northern half of the island is worth a visit due to its significant architectural and cultural landmarks. Choose hotel or lodge accommodation then walk all over this island but bike riding is increasingly popular – bike hire stands are on offer at some hotels.

Visitors to Ilha de Mozambique can book a bike tour to see every historical site with stops at restaurants and bars, beaches and shops. Diving holidays reveal wonderful sites underwater and visitors can start at the dive centre at the north of the island. Boat trips out to see nearby islands of Goa and Sete Paus or Sena Island are amazing and swimming at the Pontao (pier) is fantastic with surprisingly good snorkelling including a sunken barge.

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The 6 Best Hotels in Maputo

Pestana Rovuma Maputo

Most visitors know that Maputo used to be known as Lourenco Marques and is the largest city in Mozambique. Did you know that it is also known as the ‘City if Acacias’ due to the amazing acacia trees lining its streets? Yes, come to Maputo and spend your holiday exploring the city’s treasure, its beaches and vibrant nightlife. You will always remember your taste of flamboyant and stylish Mozambique hospitality here and the spicy food!

Remember When…

Travel to this capital city brings back memories of historical milestones. Remember enormous LM prawns and langoustines periperi? Remember the likes of Winston Churchill and decades of war and destruction? Maputo is a region of war history, some ruins, late development and tourism. Check out these world class hotels which offer leisure and business facilities for tourists who come for pleasure and those who come to work…

  1. Revel in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence Maputo

A highlight of your Mozambique holiday is a few nights in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence . Comfort is the key word so have fun in the fitness centre between meals and enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck beside the swimming pool.  Tuck into mouth-watering pasta and fish at the Filini Bar and Restaurant for real Italian cuisine and fine wines. Or meet new contacts at one of 3 trendy bars. Stop for drinks and light snacks in the Palmeira Lounge any time of day.

High tech conference facilities accommodate conference and board meetings in a divisible conference room, a pre-function area and a business centre. Three elegant spacious meeting rooms offer air-conditioning and the latest audio visual technology. Businessmen will elect to stay in the 32 exclusive Business Class Rooms complete with king size beds, Nespresso coffee machines, free internet access and flat screen TV.

  1. Awesome Hotel Avenida

A plush hotel in the city centre, Hotel Avenida offers the highest standards to tired businessmen and families rearing to go. Work out in the high tech Health Club and Spa, do laps in the outdoor swimming pool, then sip great South African wines in the wonderful bar.

Guests return again and again for the high class restaurant serving fine international foods. Not only is this remarkable establishment also a wedding venue with ballroom and honeymoon facilities, a hair salon and sauna but so too is Hotel Avenida proud of its business facilities including free high speed Wi-Fi in 8 well equipped meeting rooms – complete with audio-visual equipment and computer station.

Discover this regal Mozambique Hotel only five minutes away from cultural and historical sites in Maputo: the glorious Botanical Gardens, colonial city hall, museum of natural history and Maputo Cathedral.

  1. Gorgeous Girassol Indy Congress Hotel & Spa

Once in the city, you will quickly discover that Maputo is a hive of activity and there is never a dull moment. Spend two days or 10 days here and book a few exciting day tours to nearby game reserves and beaches. Choose to stay in the elegant Girassol Indy Congress Hotel & Spa ,only 10 minutes from the airport in the suburb of Sommerschield.

You will love the classically decorated rooms fitted with air conditioning, cable TV, safety deposit boxes and tea-and-coffee making facilities. Swish bathrooms offer hairdryers and free quality toiletries. Order your meals from room service or dine in the restaurant for greater ambience. Relax on sun loungers beside the swimming pool, play tennis or work out at the fitness centre. Massages and beauty treatments can be booked at the spa and there is also a hairdresser.

  1. Charming Hotel Cardoso

With sweeping views over Maputo Bay and the city below, the renowned Hotel Cardoso is a fantastic Mozambique holiday venue to which businessmen flock to mix business with pleasure.The hotel sits on a cliff and boasts endless green gardens, a large swimming pool and inviting patios. Five meeting and conference venues cater for small sessions or larger conferences and weddings. The on-site business centre caters for printing, copying, faxing and computer needs.

Guests can eat delicious food at Fiamma Restaurant and lighter meals at Cafe Acacia. Sample dishes with Mozambican, Portuguese, African and Mediterranean flavours –  carefully crafted by Cardoso’s team of international chefs.  Sip sundowners at Bar Pôr do Sol then head for Maputo’s bustling metropolis.

  1. Perfect Pestana Rovuma

The Monomotapa Restaurant on the second floor of the popular Pestana Rovuma Hotel seats up to 96 diners. Try dishes from the buffet or order special Portuguese and Mozambican meals from the a la carte menu. A Snack Bar & Cocktail lounge provides a terrace with snacks and pastries for meetings or leisurely chats.

The hotel is a stone’s throw away from wonderful vibrant Mozambique street markets and nightclubs to rock away the nights. Conference facilities and a gym with steam room suit businessmen who work hard then need to unwind before dinner. Fantastic historical architecture, museums and other landmarks make a stay in Maputo’s Pestana Rovuma Hotel well worth it.

  1. VIP Treatment at Polana Serena Hotel

Eat at the stylish Veranda restaurant or the Delagoa Restaurant at the worldly and elegant Polana Serena Hotel  in Maputo, and meet others in the Aquarius or Polana Bars. Don’t miss the range of international foods combined with local Portuguese flavours.

Then work out at the first rate gym, health club and spa; dip into outdoor and indoor swimming pools; walk in lush, tropical gardens; get a new hairstyle at the salon and buy gifts at the curio shop. Built in 1922 the five star Maputo hotel offers 168 elegant rooms, nine executive suites and 9 garden suites, all with en-suite gardens, air-conditioning and elegant decor.  Other features include satellite TV, free internet access, mini bar, free newspaper and tea and coffee making facilities.

Flights to Mozambique land at the Mavalane International Airport so drop in and enjoy the exotic carved furniture, luxurious fabrics, and the colonial-Portuguese atmosphere of this Grand Dame.  Maputo is a businessman’s paradise and this hotel is equipped for conferences, banquets and more with secretarial services, a ballroom and other facilities.

Contact us for our opinion and we can direct you to the right hotel for your city needs.

5-star Hotel Avenida

Hotel Avenida, Maputo

The 5-star Hotel Avenida is conveniently located in the heart of the capital Maputo with easy access to all the metropolis’ tourist attractions. The hotel is also situated a mere 15 minutes’ drive from Maputo International Airport, making it an ideal stopover for both leisure and business travellers from all corners of the globe.

Hotel Avenida has 159 rooms including 7 Suites and 1 Presidential Suite, all sumptuously festooned with tasteful furnishings and fittings. Satellite TVs, air conditioning, minibars and complimentary high-speed wireless internet are among the many contemporary amenities that give this stunning Maputo hotel rave reviews on TripAdvisor.

The public facilities of this aesthetic Mozambique accommodation include a restaurant that serves local and international cuisine, 2 bars, swimming pool and a health club with a gym, steam room and spa. There are 6 conference rooms and a business centre to cater for the needs of corporate guests.

“I have visited Maputo for business for at least a week every month for the past two years and have stayed in Hotel Avenida for the first time this week. The rooms are extremely spacious with plenty of room in the bathroom. The food was fantastic and the service all-around was 5-star!” Currm from South Africa writes.

“Two weeks into my 3 months stay at Hotel Avenida and I must say, it feels like I’m home away from home. The staff are friendly and efficient, the rooms clean and spacious plus the location is top notch.” Says Harris from Baltimore, Maryland.

These are some of the Tripadvisor hotel reviews and guests feedback on Hotel Avenida.

Hotel Avenida
Hotel Avenida
Hotel Avenida

Candid photos of this Mozambique hotel will reveal the hotel’s beautiful interiors and amenities. Make Hotel Avenida your base from which to explore the city and its fascinating culture. Our honest opinion on why we like this top Maputo accommodation is its convenience to the city’s attractions and business hub. We also like that it makes it easy for guests to mix business with pleasure owing to its easy beach access. The food is incredible and the hotel has a homey atmosphere plus dedicated staff.

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