The melting pot of Maputo Mozambique

maputo nightlife

You have to see this unpredictable melting pot to believe it. You have to experience its electric pulse to really get under its skin. Maputo is like a breathing animal, constantly changing moods and always accommodating.  You may arrive a stranger in Maputo, but you will definitely leave a friend of someone, if not everyone. Don’t be surprised that this destination is fast becoming a hot holiday destination. From backpackers to VIP hotel guests, Maputo is known to entertain all kinds of people.

Dark and Light, Yin and Yang

But be warned, there is a dark side to every light tale – there is word that if you don’t look far enough, there isn’t a whole lot to see or do in Maputo. It may look run down to you, ruins still evident from a civil war that followed independence. And it seems that not only does everyone speak Portuguese but so does everyone eat food smothered in Portuguese sauce, Peri-Peri!  Once you have wandered around the scarred buildings and updated your knowledge about the city, it is time to have some fun.

Escape to the Beach

This means you should make sure you stay on the waterfront, away from the noisy hubbub of a city in social turmoil. If you have some spare cash, choose the Polana Serena Hotel and its awesome huge swimming pool and colonial style look and service.

“Built in 1922 along sweepingly splendid lines, the magnificent Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo has long been considered one of Africa’s finest hotels. Located on the leafy boulevards of one of Maputo’s most exclusive residential districts, the Polana Serena Hotel belongs to an elite class of world-famous luxury hotels, which includes such timeless legends as; Raffles Hotel, Singapore; The Dorchester, London and The Ritz in Paris.”

Cash for a Room

And if you don’t have huge amounts of moola to spare, don’t choose Fatima’s Nest Backpackers. It may look good with its new astro turf camping area but look a little deeper and you will find rude staff, showers hardly working and a price not worth the trouble. Do try Machangulo Beach Lodge a short boat hop away to what seems to be paradise. A place where you can spoil your family and children with a memorable experience – play area, nanny service, activities for kids –  and for you, guided offshore and channel fishing, rock and surf fishing, Inhaca Marine Reserve snorkelling, scuba diving, spear fishing, seasonal whale watching, turtle nesting activities and birding.

War Relics and Police

Machangulo will take you away from the reminders in the city about the war – it seems there is plenty of stigma about the war still and there are still those who remain wary about the Portuguese. There are also police everywhere. You may be removed from walking too close to certain government buildings too so be aware of this.

Polana Serena
Hotel Avenida
Machangulo Beach Lodge

When in Rome

Jump into any mini bus taxi and be prepared to wait at least 2 hours until it fills up. Then it is generally overfilled and you end up squished between various people of varying shapes and sizes – start chatting and learn immediately about etiquette in a Mozambican city. What you should and should not talk about and do!

Peri Peri Everything

Spend time wandering the streets to sample the best Mozambican peri-peri prawns. Seafood is really dirt-cheap and mostly reeking and tasting of typical Portuguese flavours. You can also join an organised tour into the poorer areas where you can party at a typical bar and eat real food with real working class citizens.

Fish Market Fun

Find out where the fish market is as it can be hard to find if you are not Portuguese. Your nose will find it first, what a pong! It is huge when you do get there you feel mind-boggled by all the fish – from game fish and tiger prawns to crayfish, crabs and other fish. All ready to be taken home for cooking. A great way to self-cater, buying fresh tomatoes and bread on the way “home” to enhance your ready-made meal.

In a Nutshell

Some say that Maputo is a mixture between Cape Town and a typical African city – the remnants of a colonial era blended with extreme poverty, beggars, hawkers and huge noise. There may be modern facilities around but the city seems to run on chaos. Take heed of those looking for a fast buck, including the police, and book a place where you can blend in and feel a part of the city. Some luxury is good but it can also isolate you. Yes, you have to see it to believe it. Find out more today.

Maputo Highlights and 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 Portuguese 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 accommodation all 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.

 

10 of Mozambique’s best kept secrets

Mozambique's best kept secrets

When you hear the word Mozambique you immediately think white beaches, swaying palm trees, untouched game reserves and sandy roads. Space, wilderness areas, azure turquoise seas, islands in the sun and friendly, smiley people. Now we have found 10 of Mozambique’s best kept secrets that reveal more about this fascinating African tourist destination. Hidden from the main stream tourist routes and often not even heard about, these secret spots will open your heart and mind to the real beauty of Mozambique:

    1. FEIMA – Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica – Maputo – a wondrous colourful place where you can find anything created by hand: baskets, wooden boxes, carved bowls, jewellery, T-shirts, art and much more. Barter your way around and get good prices for quality souvenirs to take home. Sit down at one of the two restaurants within the market grounds for something Mozambican and delicious.
    2.  Fort Sao Sebastian – Mozambique Island – impressive in size and history, this landmark on Ilha de Mozambique is the oldest complete fort still standing south of the equator and many feel it is the finest military building in Africa. The Portuguese started building the fort in 1558 and took 62 years to finish their masterpiece. There is little information about this iconic building but it is worth the visit just to feel its aura.
    3. Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Fatima – Nampula – If you love churches, then visit Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral or the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima in Nampula. This Catholic Church still functions as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Nampula and was built between 1941 and 1955. Check out the two towers and arched portico.
    4. Ndzou camp – Chimoio – get back to nature in an eco-camp in the middle of Moribane Forest Reserve near Chimoio. A local NGO called Eco-Micaia and a local community developed this amazing initiative together in a bid to conserve and preserve the beautiful forest and their endemic elephants. Enjoy great food, accommodation and staff who treat you to elephant tracking safaris in authentic nature. Go “back to the basics” way of life, using saved water from the tank and power from the solar batteries. Your dedicated guide will mix legends and field knowledge while looking for the elephants.
    5. Swim with the dolphins – Ponto do Ouro – experience the unforgettable thrill of this surreal ocean swim with wild Dolphins. Learn more about these playful and very clever mammals from the researchers who go with you. The Dolphin Centre has nurtured a very special bond with a group of wild dolphins that come regularly to Ponta do Ouro waters. The creature-human relationships are strong and the two mammal species really have learned to socialise under water Follow the responsible Code of Conduct, appreciate the sustained conservation of the ocean and its creatures.

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Ponto dolphins

    1. Maputo Elephants Board – enter one of the remaining unspoiled regions of vast, craggy and magnificent beauty in southern Mozambique. This is 4×4 country so come prepared for adventure and wild fun. This reserve forms part of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area, home to more than 200 elephants. The best part of your holiday is the many close encounters you get with these huge creatures for a thrilling and serene experience that is certainly not to be missed. The Reserve covers approximately 90 km2, and rises from sea level to approximately 150 metres near the western border. Look out for hippopotamus, duiker, zebra, kudu, baboons and bushpigs. There are also said to be important nesting sites for sea turtles along the west coast.
    2. Street bash in Pemba on Sundays– Stroll down the main road just behind Wimbe Beach in Pembe on a Sunday afternoon around 3pm. You will be pleasantly surprised at the throngs of happy people also strolling along. You may wonder if it is someone’s birthday or a festival but this is the usual Sunday afternoon vibe. Join in the jam sessions with the sounds of guitar and drums then sit down where you are to eat delicious street food from various vendors along the street. Or pop into one of the many restaurants for authentic peri-peri prawns and traditional Mozambican and Portuguese cuisine.
    3. Ibo Island Dhow Safaris – Jump on board a modernised, motorised dhow with billowing white sails and you will be in the hands of our pro guide and experienced skipper and crew. Ibo Island Lodge is the only operator to offer fully guided mobile Island hopping dhow safaris in the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago National Park in northern Mozambique. You will spend your sunny days snorkelling, diving and sea kayaking. Throw in three nights of comfort at Ibo Island Lodge, with all its fascinating history and culture, and you are set for a dhow safari of a lifetime!

dhow at sea

    1. Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel Conference & Wellness Centre – for real comfort and style, choose this modern accommodation where luxury and privacy matter. A spacious, fully serviced en-suite bedroom, fully equipped self-catering pied à terre, or combinations of both – for the perfect holiday base in Mozambique. Wake up to breath-taking sea views and indulge in spa treatments or a gym session. Meet caring, friendly staff, taste superb food, and sip cocktails in the sparkling infinity pool. Find it on an elevated plateau with panoramic views over the islands of Bazaruto Archipelago.
    2. Matapa – you simply have to try this traditional dish that the locals love. A Mozambican speciality that goes best with prawns and rice and a meal most Mozambicans choose if given a choice. Matapa is made from stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. Be a devil and sample this wholesome dish next time you are hungry. You won’t regret it. When in Rome…

We have introduced you to 10 of Mozambique’s best-kept secrets so can you keep a secret? Go and find these things and rate them according to their uniqueness, their ability to entertain and create happiness for all tourists.

Start Panning your escape to Mozambique and let us know if there are any more secrets out there worth keeping.

10 Beach Holidays for Every Kind of Traveller

Mozambique Beaches

1. For the Conservationist – Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island is big on conservation and the preservation of the marine and island wildlife. Fly to the Quirimbas Archipelago and learn more how the community monitors turtle populations and manages the surrounding marine sanctuary. This could be the most meaningful Mozambique island holiday you have ever experienced. Vamizi is ideally situated in specific sea currents which contain huge reserves of minute plankton, a major food source for most species living within this complex coral reef system. Divers should look out for huge groups of Giant Potato Cod, Grey Reef Sharks, Snapper, Batfish, Turtles, Barracuda and more. Dive sites such as Neptune’s Arm, Fraggle Rock, and Skunk Alley suit both beginners and experienced divers.

2. For the Camping Expert – Ibo Island Dhow Safaris

It is all about snorkeling off deserted white sandbanks into clear blue seas then camping overnight on secluded Quirimbas beaches eating fresh seafood on the fire. Yes, Ibo Island Lodge is the only Mozambique island holiday resort offering fully tailor-made Mozambique Dhow Safaris into the Quirimbas Archipelago. Look out for indigenous fishermen drying their sardines on the sands,  whales frolicking in the lake-like ocean and turtles digging out a sandy nest.

You will be under the eye of an expert professional guide and local crew who will erect tents, arrange the food in an elegant picnic and ensure you are left alone in a discreet manner. Go for the standard recommended minimum itinerary of four nights island hopping by dhow or kayak and three nights at Ibo Island Lodge – but you are free to tailor make your perfect adventure and include some diving and snorkeling too.

3. For the Party Animals – Maputo

If you are looking for a trendy place for a weekend break, fly into the capital city of Mozambique, Maputo. All travelers love its diverse accommodation, cosmopolitan vibes and stunning setting of harbor and beaches. The architecture is a wonderful blend of Arab, French, Oriental, Portuguese and African, as well as fashionable Art Deco. Meet people gathering to eat great food in diverse restaurants, and to unwind in great nightclubs after long working days. Maputo is a place of music, dancing and great seafood. People are friendly and most places are safe. From exclusive hotels and restaurants to the more lowly, local and very real eating places, this is the place to be for fun and great tastes.

4. For Lovers of Sailing and Water Sports – Bazaruto Archipelago

Benguerra Island floats in the Bazaruto Archipelago like a diamond in the sun. Go and see for yourself an authentic Mozambique lifestyle with plenty of luxury thrown in. You can relax in your private villa at the edge of the sea or get out and scuba dive, walk, snorkel or enjoy ocean safaris to see dolphins and whales. The island is part of the Marine National Park which makes it a diver’s dream destination -offshore coral reefs, inshore seagrass beds, large stocks of pelagic fish and long stretches of pristine sandy beaches. Dolphins come regularly to the beach and whales migrate seasonally past these shores.

Go snorkeling to see underwater sights that take your breath away. Helicopter flips to overnight dhow safaris and ocean safaris to dive with the dolphins. The best way to get around between islands is by motorized boat or traditional sailing dhow – and island hopping safaris are now a popular way to get to see more than one island in this splendid Bazaruto Archipelago.

5. For those who are exhausted – Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa

For a very laid back, chilled Mozambique hotel, look for the Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort on Bazaruto Island. Book a chic island style room and enjoy swish island style cuisine – far from predictable, your holiday in the Bazaruto Archipelago will be so remarkable that you will never want to leave this paradise!

Think hammocks swinging in the breeze, cocktails served around the lovely pool area and a deep tissue massage at the spa while the ocean view dominates your vision. All of this enriched by the genuine smiles of the staff, the genuine dedication to good service that is Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa.

The beach is pristine – leave only your footprints as you stroll daily along white sands, picking up shells and forgetting what happened yesterday. Tons of fresh air and sunlight spark that appetite so be ready to indulge in pancakes for breakfast, fresh salads for lunch from the hotel’s own garden, and seafood to die for in the starry evenings.

6. For Bird Lovers – Ibo Island Lodge

Ibo Island is not just any island – it is a floristic wonderland where all kinds of birds come to play, breed and feed. The headquarters of the Quirimbas National Park, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, find the isle in front of one of Africa’s largest mangrove forests. So, whether you are a dedicated ornithologist or an amateur bird-watcher, you will marvel at the wealth of beautiful, and often rare, birds in Mozambique.

Explore the wooded areas on Ibo and get there when the tides are coming in or going out. The lush, low-lying ocean mangrove forests are a special adventure for ardent bird-watchers. Settle in quietly at sunset when hundreds of birds fly in to roost – what an impressive sight! More than 700 different bird species, 10 of these being threatened, have made their home on Ibo. Goliath Herons, Fish Eagles, Egrets, Flamingo’s and Pelicans are all regular visitors and the tropical gardens at the lodge support a large range of Sunbirds, Woodpeckers, and the beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller. Trained guides teach you about every little Ibo flitter and flutter.

7. For Culture – Ilha de Mozambique

Your holiday on Ilha de Mozambique, a historical island and famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, guarantees unforgettable experiences. Discover numerous relics of its ancient past. Book an awesome accommodation special package and spend your holiday exploring ancient ruins, taking a traditional dhow cruise out to sea and watching local people go about their daily business.

Ilha de Mozambique is famous for its Stone Town and Fort São Sebastião, a reminder of an interesting past. Originally the capital of Mozambique, for 400 years, before the Portuguese decided to make their capital Lourenco Marques (now called Maputo) this island is a unique blend of cultural times gone by and breath-taking beauty. Book a few days at the unique Hotel Escondidinho, a renovated 19th-century house – once a trading house where slaves were housed.

Or the house of Terraco das Quitandas which is more than 300 years old, located in the heart of the island’s Stone Town. This gracious old colonial building dates back to a rich past of Portuguese, African and Arab influences. It was once home to many different merchants and traders, followed by Portuguese rulers and oozes with history and authenticity.

8. For Furious Fitness Freaks – Tofo

From scuba diving and surfing, snorkeling and deep sea fishing, Tofo offers a perfect outdoor activity for those who love moving. Horse riding, bird watching, quad biking, and dhow cruises are also fantastic fun on beaches and sand tracks around the region.

Explore some 15 pristine dive sites which are part of a renowned coral reef, one being Manta Reef. Come between October and February and catch a gigantic Black Marlin trophy. Catch a ride with big game fishermen to see how they do it. You may see Humpback whales breaching while out at sea and can also try your hand at sea and lagoon kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing/bodyboarding, parasailing, and jet-skiing. Afterward, book your dhow cruise to Inhambane and see Tofo from a different angle completely.

9. For the romantic – Massinga Beach Lodge

Mozambique is the quintessential honeymoon hideaway, surrounded by aquamarine waters, beautiful beaches, tropical forests, and freshwater lakes.  For here you will find luxury island resorts and hotel accommodation, sunny skies, moonlit walks and candlelit dinners on a beach stretching for miles. At Massinga Beach Lodge couples are treated like royalty and respond well to five-star service, the huge lobsters grilled to perfection, the secluded beaches. Stay for longer in an Ocean View Villa complete with phenomenal views, beautiful decor, crisp white linen on comfy beds, rain showers and free standing baths. The private deck and plunge pool promote relaxation and romance.

Massinga Beach Lodge

Enjoy special meals served to you on your deck – or enjoy the elevated restaurant and bar. Cuisine at Massinga includes fresh seafood and other delicious dishes. A real hit with honeymooners is the private beach picnics – choose a secluded spot, sip a glass of bubbly and enjoy a swim in the warm Indian Ocean.

10. For Anglers and Scuba Divers – Machangulo Beach Lodge

High tide at Machangulo is a wild time of natural energies and surging waters. Fishermen love the deep channels here and all kinds of fishing are on offer. Guided offshore and channel fishing will teach anglers new tricks while rock and surf fishing is up to you although you can request a guide. This is a great fly fishing territory and the lodge can assist with tackle and set up. Fishing, like some of the other activities, is dependent on the weather and tides. Machangulo Beach Lodge uses two modern and safe powerboats designed for diving and fishing.

Diving is very rewarding at this lodge, the estuary and sea coming in to create a unique setting. Within the marine reserves lie some excellent visuals of protected marine species that create that ideal and sublime diving experience. The lodge offers courses for novice divers and some wonderful shipwreck sites for those in the know. The PADI instructor is one of the first Mozambicans to ever attain his Instructor Level with PADI!

We have mentioned 10 different beach holidays for all kinds of travelers. Mozambique has it all. We could go on until we reach 100 so allow this sample to whet your appetite to travel into Mozambique for your next holiday.

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Why take a Holiday in Mozambique?

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The gloriously friendly east African country of Mozambique, with its amazing Indian Ocean coastline and stunning white sand beaches, is fast becoming a popular place as more tourists discover its hidden delights. As the experts in travel to the country this is one reason we recommend you come now – before the best resorts begin to attract crowds as the similarly priced resorts in the likes of Zanzibar and Mauritius. So what other reasons are there to holiday in Mozambique? There’s the weather, the amazing choice of resorts and accommodation, and then there’s the cuisine.

Just as it is famous for some of the best beaches in the world – especially those on the amazing Inhambane coast and the islands off the shore – so Mozambique is famous for exquisite food. Dine in any of the many restaurants in the delightful capital city, Maputo, and you will be able to try a range of exciting seafood dishes that display a combination of African and Portuguese influence, which results in a fine combination of flavours that can only serve to delight and inspire.

If you are in self catering accommodation then the markets in the provincial towns are ideal for getting fresh produce to cook on the barbecue of kitchen back at you accommodation; in cases where a houseman is present you will find they may be more than happy to drive you to the nearest town and help you buy the best goods. Inhambane town is particularly revered for fine seafood, fruit and vegetables, cooked and grown locally and ready for use. Mozambique really does offer a chance to enjoy a taste of cuisine that is unique to the region, and that seafood lovers, in particular, will enjoy.

Why should you book your stay in Mozambique with us? As we have such a lengthy relationship with the best resorts we are able to offer you great deals on accommodation in the finest locations, and we could save as much as 15% on the cover price in some instances. Our team of expert travel consultants knows Mozambique better than anyone and can help put together a package that includes everything you could need. There’s no need to shop around more for the best deal – get in touch with us right now, and we will help you book a Mozambique holiday that you will remember for a lifetime.

Maputo Accommodation in the hub of Mozambique

Southern Sun Maputo Pool View

The capital city of Mozambique, Maputo is the hub of the economy in the country and host to the largest port in the Indian Ocean, the Maputo Harbour. This metropolis boasts some of the country’s fascinating historical buildings that showcase an era of Portuguese colonialism and features some wonderful tourist attractions for holidaymakers. Because the city receives many visitors from all walks of life and all corners of the globe, much thought has been put into ensuring that Maputo accommodation caters to all tastes and preferences.

Whether your purpose for visiting is strictly business, pleasure or both, you can be guaranteed to find the ideal accommodation to suit your requirements. Most of the hotels in Maputo are conveniently situated close to the major tourist attractions and conference center and are within a few minutes’ drive from the Maputo International Airport.

Maputo accommodation features excellent facilities that cater to the needs of the discerning corporate guest, and these include boardrooms plus conference rooms with high-end facilities. The hotels offer different room styles, aimed at accommodating different kinds of budgets.

Because of its location on the Indian Ocean coastline, visitors to Maputo can let loose on its lovely beaches, basking in the sun and frolicking in the warm waters. The best place to mix business with pleasure, make the most of your stay with a visit to one of the city’s lively bars for a night of fun as you dance till the wee hours of the morning, drinking and making merry.

Indulge your taste buds with delectable local dishes and the famous Mozambican prawns from one of the many restaurants that line the streets. Make sure to include a trip to Maputo Elephant Park for some amazing game viewing experiences where you’ll get up close to elephants and other exotic animals in their natural habitat.

You too can enjoy a holiday in Maputo and when you arrange with the Mozambique Travel team, you are guaranteed great deals on your accommodation. Our team of expert consultants will help tailor a package to suit your needs. Get in touch with us today and we will make your dream holiday come true!

Pestana Rovuma Hotel

Pestana Rovuma Hotel Circular Lounge Area

For us, Pestana Rovuma Hotel is one the best hotels in the capital Maputo. Situated in downtown Maputo right across the road from the Old Cathedral, this excellent hotel offers a unique blend of modern comforts and African inspired décor to provide both leisure and corporate guests with a soporific retreat from the hustle and bustle outside.

Ranked #9 of 21 hotels in Maputo by Tripadvisor, this Mozambique accommodation will impress the most seasoned of travelers with its superb facilities, exceptional service and fine dining. The hotel also has a great location within easy access to the city’s major tourist attractions and business centre.

Pestana Hotel has 119 elegantly appointed rooms offering contemporary creature comforts, including satellite TVs, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and internet connectivity among other amenities. There are 5 different room types, ensuring that all kinds of budgets are catered for. Executive rooms and suites are equipped with separate lounges, working areas, kitchenettes and minibars on request. The Luxury suites also feature an additional bedroom plus one or two bathrooms.

There are conference facilities that cater for the needs of the modern business traveler, a restaurant, coffee shop and bar where all your culinary needs are full-filled. Guests can make the most of the outdoor swimming pool, pool bar and tennis courts. A gym, sauna and a small mall with a bank, pharmacy and clothing store are also available at Pestana Rovuma.

Find out what guests have to say about Pestana Rovuma when you read some of the reviews and comments on tripadvisor. Here’s one of the guest feedback, this one from Simone who lives in Windhoek, Namibia, “This Maputo hotel is excellent. Great location, superb breakfast and a wonderful staff. The reception is the strong point. I paid in advance for two nights, but in the end had to stay only one. I talked to the front desk about this inconvenience and was impressed by their swiftness in resolving this. It was one of the best and I loved it. I will definitely return”

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Top 5 Conference Venues Mozambique

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It appears that business is booming in Mozambique and opportunity is ripe for the picking. The African Economies Outlook Report states that economic growth in Africa should be up to 5% by next year despite huge and damaging issues to attend to such as the Ebola crisis, the South African visa laws and uncertain politics in the West. This hopefully means that the country is stable and a great place to risk an investment or two.

We all know that Mozambique is the number one holiday destination in Africa with its appeal of pure white beaches, sky-blue ocean and ocean-blue sky. We all love the island escapes which challenge the idyllic advertisements for Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zanzibar – real coconut palms, luxury villas made from reeds, wood, stone and thatch, and awesome water sports waiting for you to make them happen.

We all love the zippy vibe of Maputo which comes alive at night – check out the bars and nightclubs if you want to see what the city is really about, or go seafood tasting at some world class restaurants which line the wide streets of the city centre. These are also the features that attract businessmen to Mozambique – who want to find that work-play balance.

Mozambique attracts business people to seminars and conferences regarding its environmental resources and rapid development plans. Maputo offers world class hotels and conference facilities that rival some of the best overseas in the first world. Add to this the wildlife, the tropical setting and the friendly people and you have a very attractive business travel destination.
Looking further than Maputo, towards destinations like the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, Vilanculos, and to Pemba, the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago is wise as there are quality conference facilities in these up and coming towns too. Vilanculos now offers its own conference centre right on the sea and it is ideally situated beside an international airport and harbour town.

In fact, the standard of conference venues and facilities in Mozambique is on a par with those of Johannesburg, the only real difference being maybe the language situation where conference delegates are dealing with Portuguese people and therefore may need to be extra clear about their meeting needs before they get there.

Conference organisers in Mozambique have become increasingly busy and appreciate clear instructions when they are setting up a meeting venue so that they can adhere to their quality standards and service. This applies to many top hotels in the country too. Conferences in Mozambique are hot right now so read on to find out where to go for your next business meeting or seminar.

1. The Joaquin Chissano International Conference Centre – Maputo
Take six star business services, audio visual equipment and various seating arrangements and add to this internet access, onsite catering, wheelchair access and easy accessibility and you have a remarkable conference centre in Maputo. Maputo is these days considered to be the conference capital of Mozambique, let alone the capital city, and the Joaquin Chissano International Conference Centre (JCICC) is the gemstone in the cluster of venues you can choose for your seminar.

If you book this meeting facility for your company’s conference, you will get the added advantage of great views over Maputo Bay, a great central location and a choice of rooms depending on your group size and needs. The JCICC can take up to 1000 delegates in its Grand Plenary Hall and there are also grand banqueting rooms with glass walls and stunning gardens where events or functions can be arranged! Imagine sipping cocktails after your conference as the city comes alight and the sun sets – Maputo is definitely the top African business city of the day.

This developing African country boasts attractive environmental resources to which investors are drawn like bees to a honeypot. Company representatives arrive in Maputo on a regular basis to do business, meeting with others involved in industry and commerce. We provide your group with irresistible sales incentives to get your meeting going in the right direction.

2. Vilanculos Conference Centre
The cherry on the top for Vilankulo is the brand new conference centre that is attracting increasing numbers of business delegates to meet and greet and take their businesses forward. This world class venue can accommodate from 20 to 100 delegates in it small meeting rooms and large conference suites.
Air-conditioned amenities include up to date technology and plenty of light – look out over the Indian Ocean, towards the idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Sit back in between meetings to enjoy lunches and teas at the spanking new restaurant and cocktail bar at this new conference destination in Vilankulo.

Book into some great accommodation nearby and walk to “work” daily along the sparkling beaches beside the harbour. This meeting facility is also close to the airport and harbour so that conference delegates do not have to feel as if they are wasting time as they travel between their meetings and their transport outlets.

The best part about the Vilanculos conference centre is its high tech facilities and first class service. You can arrange your meeting according to a variety of specific layouts using their amazing gadgets to make an impact on your audience.

3. Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa
Choose your business getaways for their state of the art conference facilities where business delegates can meet in peace, relax in top gear and see some of the beauty of Mozambique – so choose the Pemba Beach Hotel on Wimbe Beach where the picturesque setting, right on the beach, and rooms looking out into the Quirimbas Archipelago add great value to any conference.
The conference venue is modern and well equipped for up to 200 delegates who can use the overhead projector, slide projector, white board, notebook projector and air-conditioned meeting rooms. Corporate clients really appreciate the tea and coffee facilities, bar fridges, and TVs in their rooms, not the mention the swimming pool, health spa, sauna and other world class facilities at this hotel and conference centre in Pemba.
The sea offers its fruits in the evenings in the form of fresh crayfish, crab, game fish and calamari. Are you drooling yet for this cuisine and for this standard of conferencing? Pemba is a conference venue where you have to incorporate some play time – close to Niassa Wildlife Reserve, this northern port and airport town is also the centre of kite surfing and swimming in warm waters. Go snorkelling between meetings and sip a cocktail as the sun sets into the azure Indian Ocean.

It is true that business travel in Mozambique can be carefully blended with leisure activities – your corporate clients are therefore increasingly attracted to places like Pemba, where they can enjoy the latest business and conferencing facilities and take advantage of great sales incentives.
Stay in one of 102 upmarket rooms at the Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa with their en-suite marble bathrooms, tasteful Arabian decor, satellite TV and Persian rugs. Balconies look out over the sea towards the Quirimbas Archipelago making this your dream Mozambique seminar destination.
Business delegates can choose from two bars and a comfortable lounge for drinks and snacks before sampling five star gourmet food. And for leisure times, watersports are in at Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa – windsurfing, knee boarding, wake boarding and sailing are a few of the activities on offer. A walk around Pemba town will reveal traditional markets, fantastic restaurants and bars.

4. Hotel Cardoso
A conference that is held at the Maputo Hotel Cardoso is made very easy because it is so close to the airport and the business centre of Maputo – such attractive and statuesque accommodation commands a spectacular view over the bay and sprawling city from its perch on the hill.

Hotel Cardoso is used to hosting conferences and large functions such as weddings – they have all the necessary equipment and catering facilities for large groups that expect first class service and surroundings. Conference delegates appreciate luxury accommodation in rooms with Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and views over Maputo.

This chic international hotel promises conference delegates the use of five venues for meetings which take different numbers of business guests. There are flip charts and markers, lanterns and laser high lighters, an overhead projector, white board, digital projector, microphones, a great sound system, a remote projection ceiling screen and other business services including secretarial assistance and photocopying.

When conference delegates want to relax, they like to do so in style so Hotel Cardoso promises your group banqueting evenings for up to 150 people, cocktail parties for 300 guests and informal dinner for 60 delegates. This is all about convenience, high tech facilities and hands-on attention to detail, not to mention the smiling Mozambican staff who want to ensure that your seminar is successful and complete.

Later, take a walk into the city and sample some vibrant night clubs and bars for awesome African and Portuguese entertainment.

5. Pestana Bazaruto Lodge – Bazaruto Archipelago

Team building and group travel are dynamic dimensions to business travel and conferencing in Mozambique – some companies like to add entertainment value to their staff growth sessions, using unique methods to ensure that their business is top of its range and staff are happy. What better destination to try this than the spectacular islands of the Mozambique Bazaruto Archipelago?

In particular, the largest island, Bazaruto, offers comfortable accommodation at the accomplished Pestana Bazaruto Lodge, a real home away from home yet a really stylish and world class conference facility too. Develop your team’s special dynamic by booking the luxury chalets right on the beach and trying some new exercises in between meetings.

Pestana Bazaruto is earthy and very African in its style and hospitality. Sink into the Mozambique architecture and enjoy 40 A-frame thatched beach bungalows equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with baths and open air showers, private decks and funky wooden furniture.

Most business delegates will arrive with little knowledge of the region, and will learn that the Bazaruto archipelago comprises Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magaruque Islands, as well as the smaller Banque and Santa Carolina, (previously known as Paradise Island). This famous National Park protects diverse marine and island species and their ecosystems – including forests, mangroves, rocky shores, grasslands and wetlands.

At the Pestana Bazaruto between 25 and 75 conference delegates can meet happily in the meeting room enjoying first class facilities. Delegates can attempt scuba diving and fishing during their breaks, or spend time in the games room playing table tennis, pool and board games. Out to sea, there is pro fishing, snorkeling, island hopping cruises, sundowner cruises and whale watching.

So, where will you book your next convention or conference or seminar, meeting or incentive travel trip or team building experience? There is definitely an increase in conferences in Mozambique and business travellers are finding their way not only to the main cities but also to the islands and other remote beach destinations to meet and discuss their corporate issues – with some light relief thrown in such as great wining and dining, fascinating sight-seeing, wonderful outdoor activities related to beaches and ocean and awesome nightly events too.
These top 5 venues offer you exciting opportunities for successful conference outcomes and staff bonding. Contact us for more information and we will tailor make your package deal for conferences in Mozambique.

Maputo Accommodation Guide

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The beautiful country of Mozambique, on the east coast of Africa, features a wonderful coastline on the Indian Ocean, and as a result is home to some of the finest beach resorts in the world. With a choice of specials & packages that allow visitors to combine a visit to one of the magnificent, exotic islands plus a chance to experience the friendly and colourful capital, Maputo, now is the time to visit this attractive and welcoming country. Maputo accommodation can be found to suit all budgets and needs, and this charming and fascinating town is well worth a visit.

A thriving port and the biggest city in Mozambique, Maputo has an interesting and historic past. It is also known as the City of Acacias, thanks to the many fine trees that line the pretty streets. All Maputo accommodation is within easy reach of the areas of interest, and there is plenty to see and do in this fascinating place. A multi-cultural city – the main influences being Portuguese and Bantu – Maputo hotels sit among some of the most interesting architecture in Mozambique, and it is a place that reflects many different influences across the years.

Visitor attractions include the world famous Maputo Elephant Reserve, which is also within easy reach from your chosen Maputo accommodation. Here you can take a chance to view elephants, plus many other local and exotic creatures, in their natural environment, an experience that can only be repeated in a few other places. Back in the city and the fine buildings and thriving arts centres – Maputo is a city with a strong tradition in the arts – are a must to be seen, and with many excellent restaurants serving a choice of local and international cuisine plus lively bars and good shops, this is a place where you cannot fail to be entertained.

Choosing the right place to stay in Maputo, whether as part of a package deal or for a quality city break, is best done with the help of experts, and we are the acknowledged leaders in Mozambique travel with access to the best of Maputo hotels. Our team of friendly and experienced advisers are on hand to help you choose the right Maputo accommodation for you, and whether you are visiting for a holiday or for business we can make sure that you get the best prices. Get in touch now, and book that Maputo break you’ve been planning online.