A former Portuguese possession on Africa’s south-eastern coast, Mozambique has often struggled with its colonial past. With the dawning of the 21st century, however, Mozambique has become a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors with its spectacular wildlife, historic attractions and luxurious resorts. Now is the time to visit Mozambique, an underrated gem that is quickly gaining attention!
Where to go
Explore the souk, or town centre market of Pemba, a city famed for its Portuguese colonial architecture. Try diving the world-class coral reefs located off the coast of Pemba The nearby Ouirimbas Islands are also known for the quality of their dive sites. Explore the thriving capital city of Maputo, a place buzzing with the influence of several cohabiting cultures. Go on a wildlife safari in Limpopo National Park and get up close to some of Africa’s most spectacular and unique wildlife. Otherwise, head on down to Tofo and sun yourself on the miles of golden sands!
Food & Drink
The cuisine of Mozambique is the culmination of many cultures coming together. The staple is Ncima, a maize porridge that is served with a variety of spices. Meat and fish is eaten in the form of stews, strongly favoured with local spices, coriander and garlic. Portuguese dishes and variations on seafood are very popular here - a remnant of the colonial era. To eat as they do in Mozambique, we recommend Zambi (Av. 10 de Novembro, 8, Maputo) for authentic seafood dishes with produce straight from the ocean. Restaurante Pic-Nic (Rua Costa Serrao City Centre, Beira) shows off the Portuguese influence on local cuisine in refined surrounds.
Mozambique is rapidly developing a nightlife scene, but the majority of it is still to be found attached to the hotels and resorts scattered throughout the country. Outside of the tourist strips, Complexo Sheik (Av. Mao Tse Tung, 57) is an upmarket cocktail bar, while Gil Vicente Cafe (Address: Av. Samora Machel, Maputo) is an excellent place to see live, local bands.
Where to stay
Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, near Pemba, is the perfect base for those venturing off on safari. It features both suites and terraced rooms facing the ocean, in addition to a number of pools and restaurants in which to indulge yourself. The Mvua African Rain Spa is also on hand to calm and relax the visitor. The resort is ideally located to several local natural attractions, accessible by foot or taxi.
How to get there
Qatar, Kenya Airlines, Eithad, TAP Portugal, Ethiopian, South African Airways and Turkish Airlines all fly to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, with a stopover on the way.