Where to Stay in Mozambique: Best Hotels, Beach Resorts and Places to Stay for Self Drive Car and Airline Travel

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a woman standing on top of a white sand dune on Bazaruto Island overlooking crystal clear blue waters in the distance admiring the views of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique
Bazaruto Island, one of the best places to stay in Mozambique

Whether you’re driving from South Africa or planning to fly to Mozambique, discover the best places to stay in Mozambique.

Looking for the ultimate guide on where to stay in Mozambique? Then look no further. As a local who’s travelled this beautiful country extensively, I’m letting the crab out of the pot on the best places to visit in Mozambique.

Whether you’re flying or planning to drive, we’ve covered all the beautiful places for the perfect vacation so you can easily find the best resorts, hotels, self catering accommodation, and even the best beaches in Mozambique. All in one place!

Perhaps you’re travelling with the family. Maybe you’re going on honeymoon with your better half. Or you’re a solo traveler looking for party spots to dance the night away. This where to stay in Mozambique guide answers all your questions so you can choose the right Mozambique accommodation.

So grab your car keys or boarding pass, and let the adventure begin.

Why You Should Travel to Mozambique?

The question you should be asking yourself is why haven’t you travelled to Mozambique yet.

Not only is Mozambique one of the most popular destinations for travellers living in Southern Africa. But it’s fast becoming a hotspot for international tourists too.

With over 2,400 kilometers of coastline and year-round tropical climate, this Portuguese speaking nation has so much to offer, and then some.

And that doesn’t even include inland destinations such as Gorongosa National Park, and Limpopo National Park adjoining the Kruger National Park. With an abundance of flora and fauna, it’s any wildlife enthusiast’s dream destination.

a man lying on a sandbank with a straw hat covering his face surrounded by crystal clear blue waters on the Bazaruto Archipelago
Relax on an endless stretch of beach in Vilanculos

When you think of Mozambique, you think of the best beaches, fishing charters, scuba diving adventures, mouthwatering seafood, idyllic island escapes, and best beach resorts.

But did you know that Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world? That’s right! Even though there is little economic prosperity for Mozambique people, tourists continue to be welcomed with open arms and a smile.

Your Mozambique vacation is made possible by hardworking, resourceful, and friendly Mozambicans. And that’s why everyone should travel to Mozambique.

Mozambican locals standing in front of a street vendor at a public transport bus stop along the EN1 national road
Say hi to local people in Mozambique along the journey.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will protect you against injury, illness, theft and even trip cancellation. It’s comprehensive cover in case anything goes wrong. We never go on a trip without it as we’ve had to use it many times in the past. Here are our favourite companies that offer the best value and service:

Things to Do in Mozambique

Whether you’re traveling as a family, a couple or going solo, you’re spoilt for choice with so many tourist attractions in Mozambique. Here are some of the popular things to do in Mozambique:

  • Beaches
    Explore the best untouched white sand beaches lined with palm trees as far as the eye can see.
  • Fishing
    Book a fishing charter for easy catch and release or try your hand at big game fishing.
  • Seafood
    Indulge in some of the best tasting peri peri prawns and freshly caught seafood.
  • Honeymoon Destination
    Escape with your other half to a romantic island retreat at one of many Mozambique honeymoon destinations such as Bazaruto Island.
  • Nightlife and Beach Partying
    Dance the night away at one of Maputo’s famous nightclubs and Tofo’s many beach bars.
  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
    Dive some of the best coral reefs in the world and come face to face with whale sharks and manta rays.
  • Safari and Boat Cruise
    Head to a national park for an African safari or explore Mozambique’s many islands such as the Portuguese Island.
  • Sightseeing
    Tour Maputo’s iconic colonial architecture or barter for souvenirs and gifts at the local market.
  • Relaxing
    Escape your busy life and do nothing but enjoy long lazy days surfing, dozing in a hammock and sipping on local 2M beer on the beach.
a stretch of a white sandy beach lined with grass and blue sky in Bilene Mozambique
Discover some of the best white sand beaches in Mozambique

With so many things to do for all types of travellers, it’s why the best places to stay in Mozambique continue to attract thousands of tourists every year.

Best Places to Stay in Mozambique

According to Britannica, Mozambique is the 35th largest country in the world. With a landmass of 799,380km2, how would anyone know where to find the best places to stay.

Luckily you have me! Not only because I’m a Mozambique native that will happily share insider tips on the best way to get to these places. But because I’ve been fortunate enough to have traversed my beautiful country in search of the most beautiful places in Mozambique, photographing them along the way.

a wooden dhow aground on the receded shore in front of a beach resort in the far distance in Vilanculos Mozambique
Discover the best beach resorts in Mozambique

So we’ll spare you the legwork and let you in on where to find the best resorts, hotels and towns so you can enjoy the best beaches, diving and islands.

So without further ado, here are the best places to stay in Mozambique:

  • Ponta do Ouro
  • Ponta Malongane
  • Ponta Mamoli
  • Matola
  • Maputo
  • Bilene Beach
  • Xai-Xai Beach
  • Chidenguele
  • Guinjata Bay
  • Inhambane
  • Tofo Beach
  • Barra Beach
  • Vilanculos
  • Bazaruto Island
  • Gorongosa National Park
  • Pemba

Now, not all these places are accessible by car. Although most are located along the Mozambique coast and well connected by the EN1 road that spans from Maputo to Pemba, some of these places are simply too far to drive.

That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of listing exactly which places in Mozambique are best reached by car and which places are better to fly to.

Where to Stay for Self Drive Car Travellers

Can you drive to Mozambique? You bet!

Not only is driving to Mozambique from South Africa the preferred way to get around. But it’s also a great way to visit more of the best places in Mozambique, especially as some places are only accessible by car.

Related Guide: Not sure if you’ll be able to self drive Mozambique? Find out everything you need to know in our 14 Travel Tips You Need to Know For Driving in Mozambique guide!

a stretch of the EN1 road between Bilene and Xai-Xai in Mozambique lined with trees and people walking on the side and a local public minibus taxi parked on the side waiting for passengers
Travelling to Mozambique from South Africa by car

Here are the best places to stay in Mozambique if you’re driving from South Africa by car:

  • Ponta do Ouro
  • Ponta Malongane
  • Ponta Mamoli
  • Matola
  • Maputo
  • Bilene Beach
  • Xai-Xai Beach
  • Chidenguele
  • Guinjata Bay
  • Inhambane
  • Tofo Beach
  • Barra Beach
  • Vilanculos
  • Bazaruto Island
  • Gorongosa National Park

💡Useful Tip: Taking a rental car across the border may be cheaper than renting a car in Mozambique. Check out RentalCars and DiscoverCars to search, compare and book your car hire online.

Driving from South Africa to Mozambique

The places listed above can be reached from South African by car and are ideal for self drive holidays.

In the table below, you can see how far each place is from the nearest South African border. Apart from the first three places in the table, the distance and travel time is calculated from the Lebombo Border.

In contrast, distance and travel time for Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane, and Ponta Mamoli (marked with an asterisk) is measured from the Kosi Bay Border as most travelers visiting these places enter Mozambique from South Africa via the Kosi Bay Border Post.

If you’re travelling to Mozambique from Johannesburg, add 450km to your journey to reach the Lebombo Border Post. The driving distance from Pretoria is about the same.

If you’re travelling from Cape Town, Mozambique is approximately 1,850km away. The driving distance from Durban to Mozambique via Kosi Bay is about 436km.

DestinationDistanceTravel Time
Ponta do Ouro*15km0.5 hours
Ponta Malongane*20km0.75 hours
Ponta Mamoli*25km1 hour
Matola80km1.5 hours
Maputo95km2 hours
Bilene250km5 hours
Xai-Xai290km6 hours
Chidenguele350km8 hours
Guinjata550km11 hours
Inhambane550km11 hours
Tofo570km11.5 hours
Barra570km11.5 hours
Vilanculos800km16 hours
Bazaruto Island850km16 hours + transfer
Gorongosa1,200km24 hours
Best places for travelling to Mozambique by car

It’s important to note that the travel time in the table is a very conservative estimation. It includes recommended rest stops every 2 hours or 200km, whichever comes first. And also takes into account toll gates, bridge crossings, expected traffic, refueling, and also driving slowly through towns and villages located along the EN1 national road.

If you’ve read our tips on driving in Mozambique, you’re probably aware that you’ll need to transform into a much more patient driver if you aren’t one already. You’re on vacation after all! So do as the Mozambicans say and conduz com cuidado e boa viagem (drive safely and have a good trip).

💡Useful Tip: Road conditions in Mozambique are notorious for being poor especially after heavy rains. Although you can reach the best places by car, renting an SUV in South Africa will make getting around Mozambique a breeze.

Where to Stay for Travellers Flying to Mozambique

Can you fly to Mozambique? We thought you’d never ask. As much as we love going off the beaten path on 4 wheels, reaching places like Pemba would take days if not weeks of endless driving. We’d rather spend that time enjoying the best places in Mozambique.

Also, a recently married couple’s idea of a honeymoon might not entail spending 16 hours in a car to reach Bazaruto Island. Or perhaps you just don’t have the luxury of time to sit behind the wheel if you’re travelling from afar.

We get that driving isn’t for everyone! Thankfully the Wright brothers invented the airplane. So if you’re flying to Mozambique from abroad, you’ll be happy to know that you too can stay at some of the best places.

an LAM Mozambique airlines plane flying over palm trees preparing to land at Vilankulo Airport
Fly to Mozambique from Johannesburg with LAM

Here are the best places to stay if you plan to fly in Mozambique:

  • Maputo
  • Xai-Xai
  • Ponta via Maputo
  • Inhambane
  • Tofo via Inhambane
  • Barra via Inhambane
  • Vilanculos
  • Bazaruto via Vilanculos
  • Gorongosa via Chimoio
  • Pemba

Ponta do Ouro, Malongane, and Mamoli can be reached by transfer from Maputo International Airport. To get to Tofo and Barra, you’ll need to take a flight to Inhambane and arrange an airport transfer.

Similarly, the Bazaruto Archipelago is reached via flights to Vilanculos. And lastly, you can get to the Gorongosa National Park by taking a flight to Chimoio. You can easily arrange airport transfers directly with the accommodation you’re staying at.

Flights to Mozambique

In the table below, you can find flights to the best places to stay in Mozambique departing from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Maputo. Flights to the destinations are direct (non-stop) with the corresponding flight duration, and land, air or boat transfer in the last column.

Flights from Maputo to Vilanculos (marked with an asterisk) is the only flight that is not direct (non-stop). Due to limited demand, LAM flights departing from Maputo to Vilankulo Airport make a stop in Inhambane.

DestinationDepartureTravel Time
Flights to MaputoJohannesburg
Cape Town
1 hour
2.5 hours
Flights to Xai XaiMaputo0.5 hours + transfer
Flights to Ponta do OuroJohannesburg
Cape Town
1 hour + transfer
2.5 hours + transfer
Flights to InhambaneMaputo1 hour
Flights to TofoMaputo1 hour + transfer
Flights to BarraMaputo1 hour + transfer
Flights to VilanculosMaputo*
Johannesburg
2.5 hours
2 hours
Flights to Bazaruto IslandMaputo*
Johannesburg
2.5 hours + transfer
2 hours + transfer
Flights to GorongosaMaputo2 hours + transfer
Flights to PembaMaputo
Johannesburg
2.5 hours
3 hours
Best places to fly to in Mozambique

Airlines Flying to Mozambique

Flights to Mozambique departing from other destinations are also available. If you’re looking for cheap flights to Mozambique departing from other cities, check out Expedia to compare prices for all airlines.

Here are airlines flying to Mozambique direct (non-stop) from South Africa and abroad:

  • LAM Mozambique Airlines
    Find flights from Johannesburg to Mozambique. Also a great option for flying in Mozambique from Maputo to Xai-Xai, Inhambane, Chimoio, and Pemba.
  • Airlink ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Find flights from South Africa to Mozambique. Fly from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Maputo and Pemba. Also a great option for flights to the Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique from Johannesburg.
  • CemAir
    Find flights to Mozambique from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. Another great option for direct flights to Maputo.
  • Qatar Airways ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Find cheap flights to Mozambique from over 130 destinations worldwide. Fly direct (non-stop) to Maputo from Doha, Qatar.
  • TAP Air Portugal
    Find flights to Mozambique from over 80 destinations in Europe. Fly direct from Lisbon, Portugal to Maputo.
  • Ethiopian Airlines
    Find flights to Mozambique from over 30 destinations around the world. Fly non-stop to Maputo from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • TAAG Angola Airlines
    Find flights to Mozambique from Angola. Fly direct non-stop from Luanda to Maputo.

Best Beach Resorts, Hotels & Self Catering Mozambique Accommodation

Now that you know where the best places to visit in Mozambique are, it’s equally important to pick the right accommodation. Especially as places like Ponta do Ouro, Inhambane, and Vilanculos attract thousands of tourists every year.

I don’t know about you, but our idea of paradise doesn’t involve being harrased by noisy quadbikes, navigating crowded beaches in search of a spot to lay down your towel or having to park several kilometers away and walking to the beach.

We prefer staying at beachfront accommodation, relaxing to the sound of the ocean with only sand between our room and the sea.

a beach resort in Vilanculos overlooking a deserted beach with palm trees, sand and a jet ski with Bazaruto Island in the far distance
Mozambique accommodation next to the beach.

That’s why knowing where to stay and choosing the right Mozambique accommodation go hand in hand and could be the difference between having the most memorable vacation, and one to forget.

Luckily for you, we’ll give you the rundown on all the different types of accommodation options in Mozambique. So you can pick the best hotels, beach resorts, self catering holiday homes, backpackers, and even budget accommodation for overnight stays if you’re planning to drive to Mozambique.

We’ve also included our personal recommendation for each type of accommodation. So you’ll know exactly how to find the best luxury, mid-range, self-catering, and budget friendly cheap accommodation in Mozambique.

So without further ado, let’s jump straight into how to find accommodation in Mozambique in each of the best places to stay.

💡Useful Tip: Our recommendation takes into account location for road and air travellers (beach, airport, public transport), proximity to attractions (nightlife, diving, dhow safaris), access to essentials (market, gas station, restaurants), as well as comfort (mosquito nets, aircon, breakfast).

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Ponta do Ouro, Malongane, Mamoli

Due to its proximity to the capital of Mozambique, Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane, and Ponta Mamoli, are popular destinations amongst locals living in Maputo. But it’s also become a top destination for tourists travelling from South Africa, as these places can be reached in less than an hour by car from the Kosi Bay border.

There are plenty of things to do in Ponta do Ouro, some of these are:

  • Ponta do Ouro Beach
  • Fishing Charters
  • Dolphin Centre
  • Scuba Diving
  • Horse Riding
  • Beach Bars
  • Camping

With lots of activities on offer, it’s essential to find the right place to stay. Accommodation in Ponta do Ouro includes self catering houses, hotels, beach resorts and even cheap campsites.

Just bear in mind that 4×4 access (4 wheel drive) may be required. But don’t worry, we’ve clearly indicated that in the accommodation options below.

a pair of navy flip flops on Ponta do Ouro beach and a fishing boat approaching the shore in the distance
Book fishing charters right from the beach at Ponta do Ouro

Best Luxury Self Catering Houses in Ponta do Ouro

  • Surfers Spot
    3 bedroom holiday house sleeping up to 7 guests. Centrally located just a few steps from Ponta do Ouro Beach.
  • Mar Azul 1B and Mar Azul 5
    7 bedroom luxury holiday home sleeping up to 16 and 14 guests respectively. Centrally located and just 700 metres from the beach. 4×4 access only.
  • Kangela Estate 13 ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    5 bedroom luxury holiday house sleeping up to 10 guests. Privately located 1.6km south of Ponta do Ouro Beach and just 700 metres from the beach.
a collage of a beachfront self catering house in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Kangela Estate 13, self catering accommodation on the beach

Best Mid-Range Hotels and Beach Resorts in Ponta do Ouro

  • Ponta View Hotel
    Beachfront hotel ideal for couples and family stays. Centrally located just 1.2km from Ponta do Ouro Beach.
  • Gala Gala Eco Resort ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Eco resort ideal for scuba divers, couples and family stays with the option for self catering. Privately located 2.2km south of Ponta do Ouro Beach and just 500 metres from a private beach.
  • White Shark Resort
    Resort ideal for couples and family stays looking for self catering accommodation. Centrally located and merely 1.1km from Ponta do Ouro Beach. 4×4 access only.
a collage of a Ponta do Ouro resort in Mozambique
Gala Gala Eco Resort, accommodation near the beach

Budget Friendly Cheap Accommodation in Ponta do Ouro

  • Ponta Mar Resort
    Kid friendly resort ideal for family stays. Conveniently located a few steps from Ponta do Ouro Beach.
  • Devocean Eco Adventure Lodge ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Budget friendly lodge ideal for couples. Centrally located and just 300 metres Ponta do Ouro Beach.
  • Underwater Explorer
    Beachfront lodge ideal for scuba divers and couples with the option for family stays. Conveniently located a few steps from Ponta do Ouro Beach.
a collage of budget accommodation in Ponta do Ouro
Devocean Eco Adventure Lodge, budget accommodation in Ponta

Matola

If you’ve never heard of Matola, don’t fret. You haven’t missed out on some secret place that only locals know about. I promise! Matola is actually just a residential suburb located just outside Maputo. So why would anyone want to stay there?

As Matola is just 80km from the Lembombo Border, it’s a great place for overnight stays. It’s also a good alternative if you want to continue on your long journey, leaving early while avoiding the city traffic in Maputo.

the EN2 road from Matola to Maputo congested with buses and cars, and people walking on the sidewalk
Avoid the traffic along the EN2 in Matola, Mozambique

So if you’re not planning to visit Maputo, Matola is the perfect place to stay with lots of hotels, guest houses and cheap self catering accommodation.

💡Useful Tip: If you need to stock up on groceries, alcohol and other supplies, there’s a massive Spar and Shoprite supermarket located right along the EN4 national road from the border.

Cheap Accommodation for Overnight Stays in Matola

  • 40 40 Accommodation
    Hotel ideal for couples and family stays looking for cheap accommodation. Conveniently located along the EN4 national road.
  • Casa da Noleen ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    3 bedroom holiday home sleeping up to 6 guests. Ideal for families or large groups looking for budget self catering accommodation for overnight stays. Breakfast available.
  • Hotel Al-Khalil Matola
    Hotel ideal for couples and family stays looking for budget accommodation. Conveniently located along the EN2 national road.
  • Elite Guest House
    Guest house ideal for couples and family stays looking for budget friendly accommodation for overnight stays. Privately located within the Matola residential suburb and 6km from the EN2 national road.
  • The Matola Hotel
    3 star hotel ideal for couples and family stays looking for mid-range accommodation. Conveniently located along the EN2 national road and only 2.7km from the Shoprite supermarket.
a collage of cheap accommodation in Matola
Casa da Noleen, self catering Matola accommodation

Maputo City

Maputo might just be another African capital city to you. But to me, it’s where I grew up and spent the first 8 years of my life. It’s a place I hold dear, a place that I’m going to let you in on its secrets.

Most people will recommend the usual, run of the mill attractions. Not this local! With me, you’ll get to experience the true essence of what it’s like to live in the city. So here’s a local’s guide for things to do in Maputo:

  • Peri Peri Prawns
    Eat the best garlic peri peri prawns at Sagres.
  • Live Entertainment
    Enjoy local live music at Gil-Vicente Café-Bar performed by Mozambican musicians.
  • Peri Peri Chicken
    Devour the best peri peri chicken in the land at Píri Píri restaurant.
  • Seafood
    Indulge in great tasting seafood at Zambi.
  • Nightlife
    Enjoy a night out at Opium night club.
  • Pastelaria
    Try pastel de nata (egg custard tart), rissóis de camarao (prawn croquettes) and bolo de arroz (rice cake) at many pastry shops in Maputo.
  • Maputo Central Market
    Tour the historic market located inside a Portuguese colonial building and shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, capulanas (sarongs), and souvenirs.
  • Mozambique Fish
    Walk through Maputo Fish Market for freshly caught fish and have it cooked right before your eyes.
  • Central Railway Station
    Wander through Maputo’s historic train station to enjoy Beaux-Arts style architecture and take portrait shots against a backdrop of old steam locomotives.
  • Jardim dos Namorados
    Stroll through Valentine Garden and the enjoy some of the best views of the bay of Maputo.
  • Casa de Ferro
    Visit Gustave Eiffel’s designed Iron House, a prefabricated iron building imported from Belgium and reassembled in 1892.
  • Maputo Beach
    Drive along Avenida da Marginal and take a stroll at Costa do Sol Beach.
  • Enjoy the City Views
    Take a drive to Catembe via the newly built Maputo Katembe Bridge to enjoy breathtaking views of the city.

If you prefer an easy sightseeing walking tour or a full day Inhaca Island tour, that’s fine too. Everything in the city is central, so getting around to attractions will be a breeze. But with so many accommodation options, finding a place to stay might not be so easy.

Luckily, we’ve put together our favourite hotels, beach resorts, backpackers, and self catering accommodation just for you.

a group of people sitting at tables socializing, eating and drinking at Píri Píri restaurant in Maputo
Enjoy the nightlife with locals at Píri Píri in Maputo, Mozambique 

Best Luxury Hotels in Maputo

  • Polana Serena Hotel ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    5 star luxury hotel ideal for couples, business travelers and honeymoon stays. Located in the center of the city, boasting magnificent views of the bay. The most icon hotel in Maputo with the best in-house bakery (padaria) in the city.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel
    5 star luxury beachfront hotel ideal for couples, families, business travelers and honeymoon stays. Located on the beachside avenue of Avenida da Marginal. Only a few steps from the beach and must-try Sagres restaurant.
  • Hotel Avenida
    5 star luxury hotel ideal for couples, business travelers and honeymoon stays. Located in the city center near must-try Píri Píri restaurant, boasting a rooftop pool with magnificent views of the city.
a collage of Polana hotel one of the best hotels in Maputo
Polana Hotel, one of the best hotels in Maputo

Best Self Catering Accommodation in Maputo

  • Montebelo Indy Maputo Congress Hotel ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments sleeping up to 6 guests. Ideal for family stays and large groups looking for self catering accommodation near the beach. Centrally located in a quiet residential suburb with easy access to the EN1 national road. Useful if you need a fridge and freezer to store food.
  • Palm Aparthotel
    Apartment ideal for couples and business travelers looking for long-stay self catering accommodation. Located in the city center near Polana shopping center and restaurants.
a collage of Montebelo Indy Congress Hotel self catering accommodation in Maputo near the beach
Indy Maputo Congress, self catering accommodation near the beach

Best Hotels and Resorts in Maputo

  • Hotel Cardoso ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    4 star sea facing hotel ideal for couples and business travelers. Centrally located in a quiet residential suburb near must-try Zambi restaurant. Enjoy the best view of Maputo bay.
  • Southern Sun Maputo
    4 star beach resort ideal for couples, families and business travelers. Located on the beachside avenue of Avenida da Marginal, only a few steps from Maputo beach and must-try Sagres restaurant.
  • Hotel Terminus Maputo
    3 star value for money cheap hotel ideal for families, couples and business travelers. Located in the city center (actual location) near must-try Píri Píri restaurant.
a collage of Hotel Cardoso Maputo one of the best 4 star hotels in Maputo Mozambique
Cardoso Hotel Maputo, one of the best 4 star hotels

Cheap Accommodation in Maputo

  • The Base Backpackers ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Hostel ideal for solo travelers looking for cheap accommodation in Maputo. Located in the city center, just 20 minute walk from the Intercape bus terminal.
  • Malagueta Inn Guesthouse
    Guest house ideal for solo travelers and couples looking for budget accommodation in Maputo. Located in the city center on the doorstep of must-try Píri Píri restaurant.
  • GuestHouse 1109
    Guest house ideal for couples and solo travelers looking cheap accommodation. Located in the city center, just 10 minute walk from the Intercape bus terminal.
a collage of Base Backpackers Maputo
Base Backpackers, cheap accommodation in Maputo

Bilene Beach

Living as a local in Maputo province, Bilene always came to mind whenever you needed to escape the city. That’s because the distance is only 180km from Maputo to Bilene Beach, making it a local’s getaway paradise.

But it’s not the proximity that makes this coastal town a popular beach destination that keeps locals and even travelers returning each year. It’s the stunning turquoise Bilene lagoon surrounded by powdery white sand that makes this place one of the best places to visit in Mozambique.

a road sign with a beach and umbrella on it pointing in the direction towards Bilene along the EN4 national road in Mozambique
Make a pit stop at Praia do Bilene, Mozambique

And you’ll find lots of reasons to take that turn off the EN1, drive 33km down a seemingly endless stretch of road just to make Praia do Bilene your home for a few days.

If you do decide to make that turn, here’s some activities and things to do while in Bilene:

  • Bilene Lagoon
  • Restaurants
  • Camping
  • Quad Biking
  • Nightlife
  • Fishing Charters
  • Birdwatching
  • Flamingos
  • Kayaking
  • Bilene Market
  • Beach Bars
  • Sea Turtles
  • Boat Cruise
  • Whale Watching
  • Skiing
  • Praia de Bilene

Knowing what to do is one thing, but finding suitable Bilene accommodation at a place that’s popular amongst locals may sound daunting. Luckily there’s plenty self catering houses, lodges, hotels and resorts to go around.

💡Useful Tip: If you’re travelling as a family with kids, your children will love swimming in the Bilene lagoon. The crystal clear water is shallow and calm, making Bilene one of the best kid friendly places to visit in Mozambique.

Best Self Catering Accommodation in Bilene

  • San Martinho Beach Club
    Resort offering self catering cabins sleeping up to 8 people. Ideal for family stays. Centrally located on the shores of the Uembje Lagoon.
  • Summer Place ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    4 bedroom self catering house with ample private parking sleeping up to 8 guests. Centrally located and just 900 metres from Bilene Beach.
  • Bilene Home
    4 bedroom holiday home with private swimming pool sleeping up to 8 guests. Privately located and merely 4km from the main beach (Praia de Bilene).
  • Villa Luasah
    The property offers 3 bedroom and 2 bedroom luxury villas with private swimming pool sleeping up to 8 guests. Privately located and merely 7km from Bilene Beach.
a collage of Summer Place self catering accommodation in Bilene Mozambique
Summer Place, self catering accommodation in Bilene

Best Bilene Hotel, Resort and Lodge

  • San Martinho Hotel ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Lagoon facing beach hotel ideal for couples and business travelers. Centrally located right on Praia do Bilene.
  • Humula Beach Resort
    Lagoon facing resort ideal for couples and business travelers. Centrally located right on the shores of the Bilene Lagoon.
  • Bilene Lodge
    Lagoon facing lodge ideal for family stays. Centrally located right on the beachfront.
a collage of San Martinho Hotel one of the best Bilene beach hotels in Mozambique
San Martinho Hotel, one of the best beach resorts in Bilene

Cheap Accommodation in Bilene Mozambique

  • Villa Espanhola ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Ideal for couples and solo travelers looking cheap accommodation in Bilene. Centrally located (actual location) with just a few steps from the lagoon.
  • Joao’s Place
    Value for money chalets ideal for couples and family stays sleeping up to 6 people. Centrally located and just 200 metres from Bilene Lagoon.
  • Bilene Beach House
    Budget friendly apartments ideal for family stays sleeping up to 9 people. Privately located and merely 4km from the beach.
a collage of Villa Espanhola beach accommodation in Bilene Mozambique
Villa Espanhola, cheap accommodation in Bilene Mozambique

Xai-Xai Beach

If your aim is to escape the crowds, then Xai-Xai is as secluded as you’ll get within the Gaza province. That’s because the distance from Maputo to Xai Xai is much further than Bilene. Attracting less holiday makers and leaving stretches of beaches deserted just for you to stroll endlessly.

But being all alone in the wilderness means you need to be more prepared. With most shops, bakeries, petrol stations, and supermarkets located in the Xai Xai district, self catering accommodation is the way to go in Xai Xai Mozambique.

a woman tripping over a fast approaching crashing wave on a stretch of beach in Xai Xai Mozambique
Explore stretches of unspoilt beach in Xai-Xai District Mozambique

Best Self Catering Xai-Xai Accommodation

  • Go Wild Resort ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Resort offering self catering houses sleeping up to 10 people. Ideal for family stays. Centrally located on the shores of Xai-Xai Beach (Praia de Xaixai).
  • Bela Vista
    7 bedroom holiday home sleeping up to 14 guests. Centrally located and just 70 meters from the beach.
  • Vila No Mar Beach Lodge
    Cheap accommodation in Xai Xai Mozambique offering self catering villas sleeping up to 10 people. Privately located and merely 1.5km from Correia Beach (Praia Correia). 4×4 access only.
  • Nascer Do Sol
    Property offering self catering chalets sleeping up to 6 people. Privately located and merely 1km from Correia Beach.
  • Zona Braza Beach Lodge
    Beachfront lodge offering self catering villas sleeping up to 6 people. Privately located and merely 1km from Praia Correia.
a collage of Go Wild Resort self catering accommodation in Xai Xai Mozambique
Go Wild Resort, Xai Xai beach accommodation

Chidenguele

Located a little further up the road from Xai-Xai, you’ll discover Chidenguele. But still within the Gaza province, it’s a great place if you’re looking to get away from the crowds and get that much needed r and r.

Although there’s not much to do other than to relax, recharge, and eat good food, Lagoa Inhampavala and Praia de Chidenguele are great attractions for water sports. So whether you’re into accommodation with a lake view or you’re just another beach bum, there’s a lodge or resort with your name on it.

💡Useful Tip: If you’re driving further towards Inhambane, make sure you fuel up. The next 24 hour petrol station with a convenience store is located 110km up the road.

a stretch of Chidenguele beach lined with sand dunes and waves crashing on the shore
Stay at a resort with private access to Chidenguele Beach

Best Lodges and Beach Resorts in Chidenguele

  • Naara Eco Lodge & Spa ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Luxury lake view lodge ideal for couples and honeymoon stays. Privately located right on the shores of Inhampavala Lagoon.
  • Nhambavale Lodge
    Budget friendly lake view lodge ideal for couples, families and large groups sleeping up to 8 people. Privately located right on the shores of Lagoa Inhampavala. 4×4 access only.
  • Sunset Beach Resort
    Mid-range resort ideal for couples and families sleeping up to 10 people. Centrally located (actual location) and just 100 meters from the beach. 4×4 access only.
a collage of Naara Eco Lodge and Spa in Chidenguele
Naara Eco Lodge and Spa, Chidenguele accommodation in Mozambique

Guinjata Bay

If you’ve made it all the way to Inhambane province, then Guinjata is a must stop for all beach lovers. But there’s a lot more to this stunning bay than just Praia de Guinjata.

Scuba diving in Guinjata Bay will bring you face to face with dolphins, whale sharks, mantas and even whales (if in season). Undoubtedly one of the best attractions in the area giving you access to some of the best coral reefs in Mozambique.

But if you don’t have webbed feet and prefer to stay dry, then perhaps you might want to try your hand at angling. And if you’re a seasoned fisherman, maybe even give the Guinjata fishing competition a go and take part in the yearly sport fishing bonanza.

Whatever might bring you to Guinjata, there’s always a place for you to rest your head. Whether that’s a campsite, lodge, resort or self catering accommodation, there’s something for everyone.

a dirt road lined with palm trees leading to a beach resort in Guinjata Bay
Go off-road to a beach resort in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique

Best Self Catering Accommodation in Guinjata

  • Golden Palms Beach Resort
    Budget friendly self-catering resort ideal for couples, families and large groups sleeping up to 10 people. Centrally located in Cabo Guinjata and just a few meters from the beach.
  • Khumbula iMozambique
    Mid-range self-catering holiday home ideal for families sleeping up to 6 people. Privately located 5km south of Guinjata Bay and just a few meters from a private beach. 4×4 access only.
  • Villa Castellos ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Luxury self-catering villas ideal for families and large groups sleeping up to 10 people. Privately located 3km north of Guinjata Bay and just a few meters from a private beach. 4×4 recommended.
a collage of self catering accommodation in Guinjata Bay
Villa Castellos, accommodation in Guinjata Bay Mozambique

Inhambane

Let’s be honest. There aren’t many things to do Inhambane city. Apart from it being the gateway to Tofo and Barra beach, driving through or flying to Inhambane are just one of those things you do as a means to an end.

But the capital of Inhambane province might be more attractive than you think. And I’m not referring to the supermarkets, restaurants, petrol stations or bakeries.

Or even the central market which I totally recommend spending a few hours walking through and bartering for handmade arts and crafts and capulans (sarongs). And ending off at beach bar at Inhambane Harbour drinking a 2M cerveja while enjoying views of the bay.

the entrance of the central market (Mercado Central) in the city of Inhambane province in Mozambique
Wander the central market in the city of Inhambane Province

No. I’m referring to Inhambane accommodation as an alternative to Tofo and Barra. That’s right! Places to stay in Inhambane Mozambique tend to be much cheaper and are a great option if places at the beach are packed to capacity. Especially during peak season.

Best Hotels in Inhambane City

  • Casa do Capitao ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    4 star bay facing hotel ideal for couples and business travelers. Centrally located in the heart of Inhambane city near must-visit Mercado Central (central market). Only 25km from Barra and Tofo beach.
  • Pescador Villas
    Mid-range resort offering villas for couples and business travelers. Centrally located in the city of Inhambane directly opposite the ferry terminal to Maxixe.
  • Inhambane Hotel Escola
    Mid-range city hotel ideal for couples and business travelers. Centrally located in the city and only 3km from Inhambane Airport. Only a 30 minute drive from Barra and Tofo.
  • Lagoa Lunar
    Mid-range bed breakfast ideal for couples and business travelers. Privately located 4km south of the city and only a short distance from Inhambane Airport. Only 20km from Barra and Tofo.
a collage of Casa do Capitao one of the best places to stay in Inhambane Mozambique
Casa do Capitão, hotel in Inhambane City Mozambique

Tofo Beach

If diving by day and moonwalking by night is your thing, Tofo Beach will feel like heaven on earth. World renowned for scuba diving with whale sharks, sea turtles, and manta rays, and famous for beach bars for the most unforgettable nightlife experience, Tofo is the place to be.

But everyone is welcome in Tofo Mozambique! As long as you love sand in between your toes, the sun on your face and the scent of sea water in the breeze, Praia do Tofo is the perfect hideaway spot where time seems to standstill.

With all that time on your hands, finding things to do in Tofo Mozambique will be hassle-free. Here’s what you might want to get up to when you’re not lazing in a hammock:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Surfing
  • Nightlife
  • Seafood
  • Tofo Beach
  • Snorkeling
  • Camping
  • Beach Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Tofinho Beach
a sand dune on the edge of Tofo beach overlooking the shore of Tofinho beach with the sun rising in the far distance behind the grass
Stay up to admire the sunrise at Praia de Tofo, Mozambique

Don’t let these Tofo activities distract you. Finding a place to stay whether you’re driving (you won’t need a 4×4) or taking a flight to Tofo should be your main priority. That’s because Tofo accommodation sells like hotcakes.

If you’re late, all the nice lodges, guest houses, resorts, bnb’s, and self catering houses to rent will be snapped up. And you’ll only be left with expensive luxury beach hotels and cheap backpackers accommodation in Tofo. So don’t get caught out and book well in advance.

💡Useful Tip: Inhambane Airport to Tofo is only 21km by car. So if you plan to fly to Inhambane, Tofo is small enough to get around by foot as long as you’re staying in the center near Tofo Beach.

Best Self Catering Accommodation in Tofo

  • Casa Naroo ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    4 bedroom luxury holiday home sleeping up to 8 people. Privately located and just 1.4km from Tofo Beach and 1km from Tofinho Beach. Fully air-conditioned.
  • Casa do Índico
    2 bedroom villa sleeping up to 4 guests. Centrally located right on the main beachfront and only 800 meters from Tofinho Beach. Fully air-conditioned.
  • Duna Sonambula
    1 bedroom Tofo beach house sleeping up to 2 guests ideal for couples. Centrally located and only 60 meters from Tofo Beach. Breakfast included at Baia Sonambula.
a collage of Casa Naroo self catering accommodation in Tofo Inhambane
Casa Naroo, self catering accommodation in Tofo Mozambique

Best Tofo Beach Accommodation

  • Baia Sonambula
    Luxury bed and breakfast offering beachfront rooms ideal for couples, honeymoon stays, and business travelers. Centrally located right on the edge of Tofo Beach.
  • Liquid Dive Adventures ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Bed and breakfast with private swimming pool ideal for couples, family stays, business travelers, and scuba divers. Centrally located right on the main beachfront. 5 Star PADI Dive Center.
  • Casa na Praia Tofo
    Beach front hotel offering sea view suites ideal for couples, and business travelers. Centrally located right on the main beachfront. Massages available on request.
  • Casa Do Mar Guest House
    Mid-range beachfront guest house with private swimming pool ideal for couples, family stays and business travelers. Centrally located and only 200 meters from Tofo Beach and Tofo Market.
a collage of Liquid Dive Adventures dive center and beach accommodation at Praia de Tofo
Liquid Dive Adventures, accommodation at Tofo Beach

Cheap Accommodation and Backpackers in Tofo

  • Kitesurf Tofo House
    Budget friendly hostel offering rooms ideal for couples and solo travelers looking cheap accommodation in Tofo. Centrally located right on Praia do Tofo and less than 1km from must-visit Dino’s Beach Bar and Fatima’s Nest Tofo.
  • Pariango Beach Motel
    Budget friendly motel offering dorms and rooms ideal for couples, and solo female travelers. Centrally located right on Tofo Beach and a short walk from Fatima’s Tofo and Dino’s Beach Bar.
  • Mozambeat Motel ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Budget friendly dormitory rooms ideal for couples and solo travelers. Privately located and just 1.6km from Tofo Beach and 1km from Tofinho Beach. Enjoy the daily bar and evening events.
a collage of Mozambeat Motel cheap accommodation in Tofo Mozambique near Tofinho
Mozambeat Motel, cheap accommodation in Tofo Mozambique

Barra Beach

Unlike it’s popular sister Tofo, Barra Mozambique is where you go to find your zen. After you arrive and disconnect, you simply relax, sunbathe, eat, sleep, and repeat. In that order!

Everything there is to do in Tofo Beach, you can do at Barra too. There’s world class diving (some at the same dive sites), lively beach bars, fishing, delicious seafood, and of course there’s Barra Beach. With powdery white sand to make your tan pop and crystal clear cool water to keep you calm and refreshed.

But Barra is the only place where you can enjoy the most epic sunsets. The only place where you can greet the day with a beautiful sunrise over the Mozambique Channel. And on the other side of the Cabo Nhamua peninsula in the Barra mangroves, bid farewell to a setting sun over the Inhambane Bay. Truly spectacular!

a body of shallow water with tree sticks neatly arranged in the bay of Inhambane with the sun setting behind in the far distance
Gaze at the sun setting over Inhambane Bay in Barra, Mozambique

If you prefer the quieter alternative to Tofo, there’s stunning Barra Mozambique accommodation options in store for you. Beach resorts, lodges, hotels, and even self catering accommodation is available in Miramar Barra. And guess what? No 4×4 required.

Best Self Catering Barra Accommodation

  • Barra Beach Villa ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    5 bedroom beachfront luxury holiday home sleeping up to 12 people. Centrally located and just 200 meters from the beach.
  • Beach House @ Sia Sente
    Mid-range 6 bedroom beachfront holiday home sleeping up to 13 people. Privately located on the northern tip of the Miramar Barra locality and only 3km from Barra Beach.
  • Bay View Lodge
    1, 2 and 8 bedroom mid-range accommodation sleeping up to 16 guests. Privately located right on the beachfront and only 2.2km from Barra Beach.
  • Moz T’s Lodge
    Budget-friendly 1 and 3 bedroom sea view villas sleeping up to 8 guests. Centrally located and just 800 meters from the beach.
a collage of Barra Beach Villa self catering accommodation on Praia de Barra
Barra Beach Villa, self catering accommodation at Barra Beach

Best Barra Beach Resorts, Hotels and Lodges

  • Sentidos Beach Retreat – Design Hotels ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    5 star luxury resort offering beachfront villas ideal for couples, families and honeymoon stays. Centrally located and only a stone throw away from Praia da Barra and only 500 meters from the base of the Barra Lighthouse for low tide snorkeling.
  • Eclectic Beach Retreat
    Modern luxury beachfront resort offering private suites ideal for couples and honeymoon stays. Privately located on the northern tip of the Miramar Barra locality and only 2.5km from the main beach.
  • Vista do Mar
    Mid-range Barra lodge ideal for couples, family stays and business travelers. Centrally located only a few steps from Barra Beach.
a collage of Barra Beach Villa a resort on Barra Beach in Inhambane Mozambique
Sentidos Beach Retreat, accommodation at Praia de Barra

Vilanculos

If you’ve braved 700km of EN1 road from Maputo to Vilanculos then you deserve an ice cold 2M beer. If you hopped on one of the flights to Vilanculos, well you made it too! So you also get a cerveja gelada.

Unlike Hotel California, you can check-out of Vilanculos Mozambique anytime you want. But you’ll never want to leave. Trust us! We’ve been there a couple of times and driving back to Johannesburg was a somber affair.

Even the feature image on our home page was taken at Vilanculos beach and is a constant reminder of why we fell in love with the place. And why we think you’ll love it too.

Don’t believe us? Here are some Vilanculos activities that might just keep you there permanently and have you extend your leave indefinitely:

  • Dhow Safari
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Canoe Safaris
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Seafood
  • Restaurants
  • Fishing Charters
  • Find Dugongs
  • Kitesurfing
  • Nightlife
  • Ilha de Magaruque
  • Benguerra Island
  • Bazaruto Island
  • Santa Carolina
  • Vilanculos Beach
a woman taking a leisurely walk along a sandbank exposed by the receding tide at Vilanculos beach in Mozambique
Stroll along endless sandbanks on the beach in Vilanculos

If these Vilanculos things to do have inspired you to elope, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s an abundance of Vilanculos accommodation. You get to choose anything from beach lodges, hotels, resorts, beach houses, backpackers, and even camping.

Some Vilanculos self catering accommodation even offer a full time butler if you’d rather spend your time scheming up an excuse to convince your boss why you’re stranded on a Vilanculos beach, forever.

Best Self Catering Luxury Beach Houses in Vilanculos

  • Villas @Tsai-Tsai
    3 bedroom and 5 bedroom luxury villas with private pool and beach area sleeping up to 10 people. Privately located 1.4km north of Vilanculos Beach. Fully air-conditioned.
  • Vila Do Paraiso ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Beachfront property offering 4 bedroom villas with full-time dedicated butler sleeping up to 8 people. Centrally located on the shores of the main beach. Fully air-conditioned with access to 2 super catamarans.
  • Bahia Mar Beach House
    2 bedroom, 3 bathroom sea view villa with private pool sleeping up to 4 people. Centrally located just a few steps from Praia de Vilanculos and just 2.8km north of Vilankulo Airport. Fully air-conditioned.
a collage of Vila Do Paraiso vilanculos self catering accommodation
Vila Do Paraiso, self catering accommodation in Vilanculos Mozambique

Best Luxury Resorts and Hotels in Vilanculos

  • Hotel Pescador ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    5 star beachfront hotel ideal for couples, business travelers, and honeymoon stays. Centrally located on the shores of Vilanculos Beach and 4.6km from Vilankulo Airport.
  • Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel
    4 star luxury boutique beachfront hotel offering suites ideal for couples, business travelers, and honeymoon stays. Centrally located just a few steps from the beach. Spa and wellness centre available on the property.
  • Villas do Indico
    Luxury beachfront eco-resort with private pool and spa offering thatched cottages ideal for couples, families, and honeymoon stays. Privately located a few steps from a private beach and 17km north of the airport. Vilanculos Diving Center is located next to the property. 4×4 access only.
a collage of Hotel Pescador one of the best Vilanculos hotels
Hotel Pescador, one of the best best hotels in Vilanculos Mozambique

Best Mid-Range Vilanculos Hotels and Beach Resorts

  • Hotel Dona Ana ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    4 star value for money beachfront hotel ideal for couples, families, business travelers, and honeymoon stays. Centrally located near Vilankulo harbor and just a few steps from the beach.
  • Casa Cabana Beach
    3 star beachfront resort ideal for couples and family stays. Centrally located on the shores of Praia de Vilanculos and 5.6km from Vilankulo Airport. Complimentary airport shuttle service available.
  • Lemon Beach Lodge
    Vilanculos lodge with private swimming pool offering garden view rooms ideal for couples and family stays. Centrally located just a few steps from the beach. Free shuttle service available.
a collage of Dona Ana Hotel Vilanculos Mozambique
Hotel Dona Ana, Vilanculos beach accommodation

Cheap Accommodation in Vilanculos

  • Baobab Beach Vilanculos ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Budget resort with private pool offering sea view chalets ideal for couples and family stays. Centrally located a few steps from the beach and 1km from Municipal Market.
  • Baraka Beach Vilanculos
    Budget friendly resort with private pool offering rooms ideal for couples looking cheap accommodation in Vilanculos. Centrally located a few steps from the beach and 10 minutes from the airport.
  • Complexo Alemanha (Vilanculos Backpacker)
    Budget friendly hostel offering dorms and rooms with private bathroom ideal for couples and solo travelers. Centrally located just 600 meters from the beach and 2km from the airport. Restaurant serving German cuisine available on the property.
a collage of Baobab Beach Vilanculos cheap Vilanculos beach accommodation
Baobab Beach Vilanculos, accommodation at Praia de Vilanculos

Bazaruto Island

Possibly the most beautiful place in Mozambique, it’s no wonder Bazaruto is a mecca for honeymoon packages. I don’t blame couples though. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to white sand beaches and turquoise blue ocean water every morning?

But staying on the island doesn’t come cheap! For starters, there isn’t any cheap Bazaruto accommodation available. And second, the only way to get to Bazaruto is by boat, plane or helicopter flight.

a woman smiling and posing on top of a white sand dune overlooking the crystal clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean in Bazaruto Island Mozambique
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Bazaruto Archipelago

That only really leaves day trips by dhow cruise tours and scuba diving excursions from Vilanculos with a stop on the island during a surface interval. So if you’re one of the fortune few to get to stay at Bazaruto, there are a few beachfront properties to chose from.

💡Useful Tip: The sand dunes on the island get extremely hot during the day, especially in summer. So if you plan to climb to the top to enjoy the views of the Bazaruto Archipelago, make sure you wear flip flops or water shoes to protect your feet.

Bazaruto Island Accommodation

  • Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    5 star luxury resort offering villas ideal for couples, families and honeymoon stays. Privately located in the middle of Bazaruto island. Transfer by boat or helicopter flight is extra and not included in the room rate.
  • Pestana Bazaruto Lodge
    4 star lodge offering beach facing bungalows ideal for couples, families and honeymoon stays. Privately located at Bazaruto Island beach on the northern tip of the island on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Transfer by boat or helicopter flight is extra and not included in the room rate.
  • Zenguelemo Lodge
    Eco friendly lodge offering beach bungalows and glamping ideal for couples, families and large groups sleeping up to 22 people. Privately located in the middle of Ilha de Bazaruto. Transfer by local dhow (budget), boat or helicopter flight is extra and not included in the room rate.
a collage of Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa on Bazaruto Island in Mozambique
Anantara Island Resort and Spa, Bazaruto accommodation in Mozambique

Gorongosa National Park

Fancy an African safari? Well, you can’t travel all the way to east Africa without seeing the animals. That’s where Gorongosa comes in.

The national park, also referred to as parque nacional de Gorongosa, is a result of a 20 plus year concerted effort to revive and protect the biodiversity in the area. The project, which is led by philanthropist Greg Carr, has proven to be quite a success as the park is now seeing an increase in wildlife population.

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, you’ll be pleased to know that animal sightings at Gorongosa National Park include:

  • Lion
  • Painted-wolf
  • Leopard
  • Elephant
  • Buffalo
  • Crawshay’s Zebra
  • Blue-wildebeest
  • Sable Antelope
  • Nyala
  • Kudu
  • Hippos
  • Crocodiles

The real winners of the project are you and I. Not only because animals are back in numbers improving the ecosystem. But the game reserve in Mozambique makes it possible to combine both safari and beach holidays.

Gorongosa can be reached by car and plane, and has the perfect accommodation for all nature lovers.

a crocodile basking on a wooden structure suspended over a swamp covered with lily pads
Spot crocodiles on a Gorongosa safari tour

Best African Safari Lodges in Gorongosa

  • Muzimu Lodge
    Bush lodge offering 6 African style canvas chalets ideal for couples, nature lovers and honeymoon stays. Located on the banks of the Mussicadzi River approximately 153km from Chimoio airport. Enjoy guided safari tours with experienced wildlife rangers.
  • Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    Safari lodge offering bush bungalows ideal for couples, family stays and nature lovers. Located on the southern tip of the park in the Chitengo district approximately 142km from Chimoio airport. Perfect to enjoy an African safari with your beach holiday in Mozambique.
a collage of Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge that offers safari tours at the national Park in Mozambique
Montebelo Lodge at the Gorongosa Game Reserve

Pemba

If you’re one of the lucky few to fly to Pemba, then get ready for paradise. You see, whenever anyone talks about Pemba Mozambique, they probably got hitched and are heading to a romantic getaway on some private island.

That’s because flying to Pemba is the gateway to the Quirimbas archipelago. Think of it as the Maldives of Mozambique, and home to some of the most beautiful beaches. But you don’t have to escape to places like Medjumbe island to find the best beaches in Mozambique.

Pemba has them too. Praia do Wimbe is right on steps of the city and one of the main things to do in Pemba. And for those whom have laid eyes on it, legend has it that it’s the best beach in Mozambique.

a distant figure of person taking a stroll alone on a sandy beach with gentle waves rippling along the coast
Take lazy strolls safely along the beach in Pemba, Mozambique

Honeymoon or not, Pemba has some of the best beach resorts and hotels in Mozambique. So finding accommodation that’s secluded yet safe, without fear of being attacked, is no problem at all.

Best Pemba Beach Hotels

  • Kirimizi Hotel ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    4 star beach hotel ideal for couples, business travelers and honeymoon stays. Centrally located right on the shores of Pemba Beach and only 6km from Pemba Airport.
  • Raphael’s Hotel
    3 star hotel ideal for couples, families and business travelers. Centrally located in the heart of the city of Pemba and only 4.5km from the airport.
  • Pemba Express Hotel
    Modern and contemporary beachfront hotel ideal for couples and business travelers. Centrally located (actual location) on the shores of Praia do Wimbe and only 4km from Pemba Airport.
a collage of Kirimizi Hotel one of the best Pemba beach hotels
Kirimizi Hotel, located in Cidade de Pemba right on beach

Best Luxury Beach Resorts and Hotels in Pemba

  • Avani Pemba Beach Hotel
    4 star beachfront hotel ideal for couples, business travelers and honeymoon stays. Centrally located a few steps from Praia de Wimbi and only 5km from Pemba Airport.
  • Mequfi Beach Resort
    5 star luxury beachfront resort ideal for couples, families and honeymoon stays. Privately located 33km (1 hour) south of Pemba on the northern shores of Mecúfi.
  • Chuiba Bay Lodge
    4 star beachfront lodge ideal for couples and honeymoon stays. Privately located south of Pemba city and only 7.5km from the airport.
  • Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort ⭐ OUR PICK ⭐
    5 star luxury spa resort offering beach pool villas ideal for couples and honeymoon stays. Privately located north of Pemba off the coast of the Quirimbas National Park on Medjumbe Island. Only accessible by all-inclusive air transfer from Pemba Airport.
a collage of Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort and Spa located in the Quirimbas archipelago north of Pemba Mozambique
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, private island in the Quirimbas archipelago

Wrapping Things Up

In this guide, we revealed where to stay for car and air travellers looking to escape to Mozambique.

Here’s a recap of the best places to stay in Mozambique, for car travellers looking for self catering holiday homes, hotels, beach resorts, and budget friendly cheap accommodation:

  • Ponta do Ouro
  • Ponta Malongane
  • Ponta Mamoli
  • Matola
  • Maputo
  • Bilene
  • Xai-Xai
  • Chidenguele
  • Guinjata
  • Inhambane
  • Tofo
  • Barra
  • Vilanculos
  • Bazaruto Island
  • Gorongosa

And here are the best places to visit in Mozambique, for air travellers arriving by plane looking for mid-range to luxury hotels, lodges, beach resorts, and guest house accommodation:

  • Maputo
  • Xai-Xai
  • Ponta
  • Inhambane
  • Tofo
  • Barra
  • Vilanculos
  • Bazaruto Island
  • Gorongosa
  • Pemba

Lastly, if you’re a bit of a beach bum and prefer to work on your tan, here are places with some of the best beaches in Mozambique:

  • Bilene
  • Xai-Xai
  • Chidenguele
  • Guinjata
  • Tofo
  • Barra
  • Vilanculos
  • Bazaruto Island
  • Pemba
  • Mejumbe Island

With so many beautiful places in Mozambique for travellers to visit, no wonder the best places continue to attract thousands of tourists every year.

Planning in advance is essential to ensure you secure the right accommodation for your stay.

a fiddler crab captured running along golden brown sand on the beach in Vilanculos Mozambique
Enjoy fresh Mozambique fish available in the market or right on the beach

So now that the crab is out of the pot, head off on an adventure of a lifetime to some of the best places in Mozambique.

And don’t forget to try Mozambique fish. It’s absolutely some of the best mouthwatering seafood dishes you’ll ever eat.

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