Mozambique in Southeast Africa is bordered by the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa. A colony of Portugal for 500 years, Mozambique is only just beginning to be discovered as a great holiday destination.
With a 1500 mile coastline fringed by magnificent sandy beaches and transparent waters Mozambique has much to offer the adventurer. Wander around tiny, Mozambique Island, with its colonnaded archways and stately colonial-era buildings. Discover the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique's only protected marine area and explore its national parks.
Best time to visit: May to November
The cuisine of Mozambique is strongly influenced by Portuguese cuisine. The staple food is a maize porridge and meat or vegetable stew, rice, millet and cassava. Seafood like calamari, crab, lobster and crayfish are plentiful. Try Bifel - steak and Frango a Calrial – roasted peppery chicken accompanied by beans; Peri Peri Shrimps or Prawns, Matata - a seafood stew, with clams in a peanut sauce, Zambézian chicken, grilled with palm oil, Pregos - steak sandwiches. African, Portuguese, Middle Eastern and Indian/Pakistani and international cuisines are available.
Feira Popular is the main district for clubs, pubs, discos and bars in Maputo. Coconuts Live is a trendy night disco, Sinatra's offers Mozambican/Brazilian fusion sounds and tastes; for live jazz on certain nights, go to Chez Rango and Africa Bar. Beira is Mozambique's second largest city and busiest port. Beira's nightlife and restaurants are equally enticing. Kanga's is the place to mingle with the smart set and for traditional entertainment, the Casa de Culture offers dance and theatre performances in Mozambique.
Buy African crafts and artwork, traditional wood carvings and vibrantly-colored masks, tribal jewelry, soapstone and malachite carvings, gaily-printed textiles, mats and baskets woven from reeds, pottery, decorative home wares and leather articles. Maputo's largest shopping area is Central Market, on Avenida Septembro. Pick up bargains from the roadside stalls and the local markets.
Maputo International Airport (IATA: MPM, ICAO: FQMA), also known as Lourenço Marques Airport or Mavalane International Airport, is an airport located 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) northwest of the center of Maputo, the largest city and capital of Mozambique. Out of India Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines provide the quickest connections to Maputo, Mozambique.
There is no simple or straightforward way to travel through Mozambique
Van taxis that stop often to pick people up and will try very hard to overcharge you if you don't already know the price, and you'll still overpay, that's a guarantee. These vans are not in good condition, and they are usually filled to way over capacity, driving on bald tires on bad roads.
If you bring a car through, chances are you'll rent it in South Africa first. Most companies won't let you bring a car rental to Mozambique but a few will. In those cases, make sure you have the proper documentation that allows you to drive across the border. Or get ready to be stopped and fined for flimsy reasons.
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