Maputo Highlights and Great Attractions

Maputo Southern Sun

Maputo is a very accessible town, and being the capital city of Mozambique, it also holds importance to the nation. Tourists love Maputo for its vibrancy, its diversity, its range of fun things to do and its beautiful setting on the bay overlooking the Indian Ocean.

With an international airport and a busy port, Maputo is worth exploring and has become the gateway to the rest of the country. Holidays in Maputo can be centred round the nightlife, the beaches, the fantastic food in funky restaurants, the history and the melting pot of cultures. Stay in world class hotel and enjoy the same kind of luxury you would find in Europe. Maputo is full of surprises and from here, you can take interesting day trips to destinations like Maputo Elephant Reserve, South Africa’s Kruger National Park and boat rides to Inhaca Island to marvel at its innate biodiversity.

The capital city is also the biggest city

You probably know that Maputo has been the capital of Mozambique for nearly 120 years – previously namedLourenço 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 harbour is found at the mouth of the Santo River in the extreme south and was initially known as Delagoa Bay. Vasco da Gama discovered the bay in 1498 and today it is an important transport centre for trade to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana.

You can visit the port and see what is going on if that is what blows your hair back! Take a walk to the picturesque beaches from there, where you can surf the strong waves and meet some locals selling fresh cashew nuts. You can reach Praia da Macaneta beach by boat from Maputo or by road to Marracuene.  This village is 30km north of Maputo and has views over the Incomati River – it is quite a mission to get there but well worth it the end as you have to catch a ferry first to the other side of the river, then drive for eight kilometres to the beach!

When you set off on foot to explore Maputo, you will find many others doing the same – residents, visitors, business people, tourists and children. It is a picturesque city with its wide streets from the colonial era, huge jacaranda trees, bougainvilleas and street vendors plying their trades.

So much to see and do in and around Maputo

Maputo is brimming with architectural excellence and this comes with great input from colonial days when the Portuguese ruled this East African country. If you go to St Anthony’s Church in the heart of the city, you will discover that the Indian pioneers who were some of the first settlers in Mozambique influenced the design of this historical and religious building.

In most cities of reputation there is a Museum of Natural History and suffice it to say that this one in Maputo is as gracious as the rest – take a look at the taxidermy assortment of wildlife and the famous display of the way an elephant forms in gestation – elephant foetuses are a huge drawcard here. There are also traditional musical instruments to marvel at and maybe a few locals will play live music for you too.
The gallant San Sebastian Fortress was built decades ago to protect Maputo Bay from Spanish and German colonial marauders. South Africa helped to build the fortress and Paul Kruger was also instrumental in starting the railway as a link between Pretoria and Maputo.

In fact the railway station displays the first ever train that journeyed from Maputo to Pretoria! There are still morning and evening trains and tourists love to sit at the traditional station bar to enjoy jazz evenings or simply have a drink and talk about the old Lourenco Marques days.

Many tourists like to catch a glimpse of Casa do Ferro, the Iron House which is completely made from iron – a house designed by the same man who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris! This was the governor’s house in the late 19th century but in the end, it was too hot for him to live therein and he had to move.

Outside of Maputo is a very good reason for a day trip – the Maputo Elephant Reserve is north of Ponta Malangane and is a huge area of 50 000 hectares – well worth experiencing if you love these gentle grey giants. It is very sad that there was so much poaching during the terrible civil war because so many elephants died and the entire population of White Rhino was decimated in those days of warfare. You can still go and seek out shy duiker, suni, nyala, hippo, crocs, reedbuck, monkeys and many fantastic bird species if that is what blows your hair back.

Restaurants for food lovers

  • Mundo’s restaurant is popular with those who don’t mind a crowd – a great place to eat and chat, meeting new people. Order pizza, hamburgers, seafood.
  • Cafe Camissa is a casual eatery for snacks and beverages. A meeting place for artists, intellectuals, travellers and locals.
  • Milano Grill House is a steakhouse with an African atmosphere at the intersection of Avenida 24 de Julho and Avenida Salvador Allende, right in the city centre. Good food but expensive.
  • Costa do Sol is a great place for very fresh seafood – about six kilometres from the city centre. Order a plate of prawns!
  • The Taverna offers genuine Portugese food where many local Portuguese people eat. Lovely breads, meat dishes and seafood plus decadent desserts.
  • The Polana Hotel presents a seafood evening every Saturday evening. Eat lobster, prawns, paella, seafood curry and more from the buffet while enjoying live music.
  • For the more adventurous go to the fish market in a group. Order fresh fish or seafood and take it to the back, to a range of small restaurants where they will cook it to perfection on a grill.
  • The T3 area just outside Maputo harbours small cafes which sell things like T-bone steak, fresh bread and beer – very cheap, very African!

Night life not for the faint-hearted

  • Africa Bar is a popular nightclub on Avenida 24 de Julho and Karl Marx street, only five minutes’ walk from the city centre. Join the long queue with the more affluent Mozambicans in fancy clothes. Live jazz every Thursday.
  • Coconut Live is a huge nightclub, boasting three large video screens and an enormous dance floor in the middle. One level up is a VIP lounge on mezzanine, overlooking the dance floor. Drinks are affordable and the place is very crowded on weekends. Definitely for the younger crowd.
  • Sinatra’s on Ave. Martires de Inhaminga opens at 21:00 and closes very late – a place to sample Mozambican- Brazilian food and music.
  • Chez Rango at Maputo’s main train station is one of the best places to enjoy jazz in an intimate environment with live bands every Saturday night and Afro-Jazz during the week.
  • Gypsy’s Bar on Rua do Bagamoyo is popular but go in a group – a seedy part of town.
  • Complexo Sheik on Ave. Julius Nyerere is more upmarket and dancing goes on until dawn with the city’s upper class.
  • For the more adventurous, head to T3, a suburban area in Maputo usually not visited by foreigners. Small bars are the night life in these dusty streets – find burning barrels outside the bars and cafes to replace lights in the night. A genuine African atmosphere.

Best places to sleep

Staying in this capital of Mozambique is convenient and fun, a fantastic holiday destination for families, couples, business delegates and general travellers. Maputo hotels offer many specials on accommodationall year round, especially during holiday time. Conference specials are equally popular for discerning business people.

If you stay at Hotel Avenida you will be in a central and prized location with an array of businesses and services nearby – this is an excellent business meeting venue because the Business Centre boasts eight conference rooms accommodating up to 320 delegates. And you can retire to the Health Club and gym or the sparkling swimming pool for rejuvenation. Visit the Solarium, with a pamper session in the Steam Room, or relax into a one of many massages.

If you choose to stay in the Hotel Cardoso, an admired city hotel in the heart of Maputo with sweeping views of the harbour from its unique cliff top setting, you can sample their specials, great rates for corporate travellers and honeymoon couples alike.  Indulge in one of 130 rooms with diverse features including Wi-Fi access, satellite TV, air-conditioning and tea and coffee stations.

If it is a top class four star city hotel you are looking for, head straight for the Pestana Rovuma Hotel with its friendly African vibes and furnishings. Some attractions for businessmen and international travellers include the large swimming pool, sauna, business centre, free car park, bank and pharmacy.

Conference facilities and a gym with steam room suit businessmen who work hard then need to unwind before dinner. There is even a hairdresser, clothing store and communications support centre in the hotel’s own small shopping centre. The 119 rooms and suites all feature air-conditioning, satellite TV and balconies with stunning city or Bay of Maputo outlooks. Situated in the centre of Maputo, the Rovuma is a haven for Portuguese-African decor and food – exceptional and addictive.

An institution in the heart of Maputo, the Polana Serena Hotel has survived years of civil war to remain one of the best Mozambique Hotels in the country. Built in 1922, these majestic buildings have been carefully restored to fill the luxury accommodation field with a colonial air and Portuguese flavour.

Magnificent gardens, inviting swimming pool and tasteful food all work together to enrich your holiday in Maputo. This five star 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.

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. What more could you want?

The new Radisson Blu Hotel, in the centre of Maputo has stunning views of the Indian Ocean and is conveniently only a few minutes from Maputo International Airport. It is therefore easy to get to and easy to stay in – business delegates come for the high tech conference facilities perfect for large and small groups of serious travellers. Settle into the divisible conference room, a pre-function area and a business centre all with air-conditioning and the latest audio visual technology.

Maputo is humming at the moment and keeps getting better. Maputo is for the serious and the leisure traveller and Maputo is for you. Bring your friends and have a blast in this city where all cultures meet and greet. Enjoy warm Mozambican hospitality and breath-taking scenery. A holiday in paradise, yes? Contact us for more details about great packages and special deals.

 

Pemba Hotels

pemba

The sheer variety of holiday opportunities in Mozambique puts it on the map as a premier destination for family holidays and honeymoons. From beach breaks to safaris and everything in between, Mozambique has it all! And the most awesome part is, you can easily combine your experiences into one itinerary! Whether you choose the tranquillity and remoteness of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Islands, or the fast paced tempo of city life, there are holiday packages just for you. There are so many places you can go and the coastal town of Pemba with its wonderful choice of Pemba hotels is certainly one place worth visiting.

The gateway to the magnificent islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago, the port city of Pemba has a wealth of holiday opportunities on its lovely stretches of beach and a tour of its interior will reveal some fascinating buildings from an era of Portuguese reign plus an intriguing blend of cultures. Although many holidaymakers use Pemba hotels as stop overs on their way to the islands, it can be said that these hotels are amongst the finest in Mozambique accommodation.

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Nzuwa Lodge
Situ Island Resort

So base yourself in your choice of accommodation in Pemba and Wimbe Beach and start exploring this quaint town and mingle with its friendly locals. Among Pemba’s best hotels is Avani Pemba Beach Hotel, a striking hotel that is conveniently located a few minutes from the airport and within easy access to the town’s fine restaurants and bars plus other places worth visiting. With regular flights landing at Pemba airport from Johannesburg, this coastal town is fast becoming popular with tourists who will be making their way to the splendid Quirimbas Archipelago. This has seen the sprouting of quite an impressive number of Pemba hotels, all offering the best in service and facilities for the modern traveller.

As Mozambique’s top performing tour operator with unbeaten prices on accommodation deals in Pemba, we are the right people to talk to. We know Pemba very well because we have been sending guests there for many years. Our team of friendly advisers have also been to this wonderful town and are well versed with the area and the properties there. Let us help you find the right packages and specials for your once in a lifetime Mozambique honeymoon in tropical paradise. Contact us today and our expert consultants will help take the stress out of planning your dream holiday.

 

Hotels in the Port City of Beira

Beira

Mozambique is not just a destination, but a once in a lifetime experience. A breath-taking variety of landscape is offered to the discerning visitor, from the glorious coastline, the pristine wilderness areas to the spectacular Lake Niassa. A country so rich in history and culture, it’s captivating – from the capital city Maputo to the coastal towns of Vilanculos and Pemba, all the way to the islands on Ilha de Mozambique and the ever so remote Ibo Island. With so much hype around Maputo, people tend to forget Beira, the second largest city, and its many fine Beira hotels.

Beira is a thriving port city that is popular with visitors. A total contrast to the quiet and sleepy islands off the mainland, this bubbly metropolis appeals to those who like to move on the fast lane. Located in the Sofala Province, the port acts as a gateway for the central region of the country and the landlocked countries of Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The city was built in the late 19th century by the Portuguese rulers, and to date, bears the marks of colonisation in the architecture of some of the ancient buildings. Beira is a melting pot of different cultures, one of the many facets that draw many travellers to its soil. You too can be a part of this excitement by booking our packages and special deals to this pulsating city.

Hotel Tivoli Beira
Lobby of Hotel Tivoli Beira

Beira’s best accommodation is found in its Beira hotels, many of which are housed in restored buildings from the early days of the city. One fine example is the magnificent Grande Hotel, which is built in a typical colonial style and occupies a prime setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. A stay in this grand dame of hotels is possible when you book our hotel package deals for this hotel. We can arrange specials for other Beira accommodation Mozambique, and to ensure everyone gets to experience the city and all it has to offer, the city also caters for campers and budget travellers.

As a developing city, Beira is rapidly finding itself on the tourist trail and is often included in itineraries that allow visitors a stay in the city and a visit to some of the prime holiday destinations such as the Inhambane Coast or the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos. You can book your Beira hotels and accommodation packages from the top tour operator and save up to 15%. We are a specialised Mozambique tour operator with unbeaten prices and Beira’s best hotel deals. Our team of friendly adviser can help you put together the best package specials so you can explore this beautiful country as effectively as possible. So get in touch with us and we will tell you all you need to know on Beira hotels, lodges and guest houses. Contact us today!

If Beira might not be teh perfect destination for you in Mozambique, why not try one of our other luxury Mozambique holiday packages.

Beira Mozambique

Avenida Beira

Among the many fine towns and cities in Mozambique is Beira, one of the oldest of all and the second largest in the country. Beira Mozambique is a fascinating place that still reflects the influence of the Portuguese, and one that offers a great deal in terms of the history of Mozambique. With some of the most attractive Mozambique accommodation – in particular the fine and spectacular Grande Hotel with its spectacular position overlooking the ocean – Beira is a place that exudes colonial charm, and is a typically friendly place to visit.

While the national language remains Portuguese, Beira Mozambique is also home to a good sized English speaking population, and as such offers a multi-cultural slice of Mozambique. As part of the popular range of Mozambique holiday packages the city makes a fine choice, and with many excellent restaurants serving both local and international cuisine, plus some lively bars, colourful markets and bustling local shops it is a fun and interesting city. A port with an ongoing trade, Beira was founded in the late 19th century by the Portuguese, and is typical in its architecture in remaining very much a colonial city of varied styles.

As with many of the country’s mainland cities, Beira Mozambique tends to be included as part of a special package deal for those staying on the islands; the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagoes are Mozambique’s jewels, beautiful and tranquil islands that remain largely unspoilt but for the various beach resort lodges that have been built in keeping with the natural landscape. With stunning beaches, beautiful ocean waters and some of the finest in Mozambique holiday accommodation, no visit to the country can be complete without a visit to the likes of Ibo Island Lodge, a unique private complex with many fine attributes, or any of the other excellent beach resorts on the islands.

As experts in Mozambique travel we understand the appeal of a package deal, and we have access to the very best accommodation and hotels in Beira Mozambique, all resorts on the mainland, and the very best of accommodation on the finest islands. Our expert advisers are adept at getting the right package for your needs and budget, and as we know the country inside out we guarantee the very best prices and carry frequent specials to save you even more money. For that special Mozambique holiday, why not get in touch now, and we will help you book a break you will never forget?