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Step back in time to the 1400’s where it was once an Arab port and boat building hub, and where later Vasco da Gama visited. Welcome to Ilha de Mozambique (Island of Mozambique) just off the shores of Nkala – a UNESCO world heritage site this beautiful island is just 3km long and at the most 500metres wide! Ilha de Mozambique is home to many historical buildings, churches, mosques and temples and is connected to the mainland by a 3km long bridge!

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Rich in history, the Island of Mozambique is a sought after tourist destination, where the Fort Sao Sebastiao, the magnificent hospital and its gardens, the Palace and Chapel of Sao Paulo, the Church of the Misericordia which houses the Museum of Sacred Art, the Church of San Antonio and the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte attract and inspire thousands of visitors annually.

Not much has changed on the island in the past few hundred years; this has led to it retaining its natural charm and beauty and where most residents still live in traditional reed houses. Unlike other areas where commercialism has integrated with history, the Island of Mozambique has maintained a cultural and historical way of life and is now a World Heritage Site protected by international treaties.

Crossing the 3 kilometre bridge from the mainland Ilha de Mozambique greets you, almost as if time has stood still. Be prepared to spend a few days on the island as it has so much to offer, with almost every historical building in “Stone Town” in the North of the island, claiming a rich history – let yester year unravel before you as you explore the 4 corners of this remarkable island.

The small population of approximately 14,000 mostly live in the southern area of the island in Makuti Town and are made up of mostly subsistence farmers and local fishermen who spend their days on their dhows fishing for predominantly squid, king fish and reef fish. These are sold in the local markets and to the guest houses, lodges and hotels in and around the Island of Mozambique. In true Mozambique style the local markets are vibrant and colourful where a variety of products can be bought, from fresh produce, local arts and crafts, souvenirs and paintings.

Fun Fact:

The Island of Mozambique has played an important role since the 10th century in intercontinental trade to the East, in the 16th century is was an established and wealthy trading port for ships sailing on monsoon winds and where cargoes of ivory, gold and slaves were traded for fabrics and spices from India and Arabia. Read more about Island of Mozambique

Fort Sao Sebastiao:

Fort Sao Sebastiao – located at the Northern end of the island the Fort of Sao Sebastiao, stands imposing, towering over the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte. Built by the Portuguese and completed in approximately 1608 the fort remains one of the oldest in sub-Saharan Africa and of significant architectural importance.

Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte:

Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte – Built in 1522 by the Portuguese it is now incorporated into the fortifications of the massive Fort San Sebastian below who’s walls it diminutively stands; it features some of the finest Manueline vaulted architecture (which the fort echoes) and is considered to be one of the oldest European buildings in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Hospital:

The Hospital – Once the largest hospital in sub-Saharan Africa it now stands in semi ruin with a small portion of it now serving as a district hospital. Built in 1877 in the neo-classical style of architecture, this impressive building once flaunted magnificent gardens complete with ponds, fountains and beautiful statues.

Palace and Chapel of Sao Paulo:

Palace and Chapel of Sao Paulo – Completed in 1610 this grand terracotta building was built as a Jesuit College, converted later to the former governor’s residence (1759 to 1898) it is now home to the Museum which gives travellers remarkable insight to the diverse cultures which made up the island and a glimpse into the aristocracy of the 1800’s. The Museum is adorned with beautiful pieces from Portugal, India, Arabia and China and includes an important collection of carved Indo-Portuguese pieces, an impressive collection of Ming dynasty bowls and an array of gold nuggets, jewellery and coins retrieved from a Portuguese ship that was wrecked in 1558. The Museum of Sacred Art is situated behind the palace and houses many paintings, religious ornaments and carvings.

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Island of Mozambique

Step back in time to the 1400's where it was once an Arab port and boat building hub, and where later Vasco da Gama visited. Welcome to Ilha de Mozambique (Island of Mozambique) just off the shores of Nkala - a UNESCO world heritage site ...

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For better understanding, we have put together a brief summary guide of what each category means and to also give you an idea of what each associated icon refers to when you see them on listings & adverts.

Listed in alphabetical order

Backpackers Lodge:

Those who are on a tight budget should keep a lookout for this category icon. This type of establishment offers dormitory (shared) bedroom accommodation with other "Backpackers" generally using either single beds or bunk beds with a communal kitchen and shared ablutions.

Bar On-Site:

Meaning the venue has its own bar on-site with staff serving alcohol/non-alcohol beverages and perhaps "pub-grub" included. They may offer satellite TV for bar patrons to follow the latest sporting fixtures live and may also host live music on certain days / evenings.

Bed & Breakfast:

If an establishment has this icon, this means they either include breakfast in their rates or offer the opportunity for you to choose to include breakfast during your stay which is usually served to guests in an on-site breakfast room dinette or restaurant. Some B&B's offer basic / light (continental) breakfasts, Full English breakfasts or buffet style breakfast options.

Campsite / Glamping:

Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.

Conference Venue:

This means the establishment has a dedicated hall room specially arranged and equipped with most facilities to host important business meetings, teambuilding events or any other occasion alike.

Disabled Friendly Accommodation:

Goes without saying. Any establishment marked with this icon and listed under this category offers facilities for those who have reduced mobility. They may have basic facilities for these conditions or advanced. Kindly enquire with them directly for more information and/or specific requirements you may need.

Dive Charter:

These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Eco Lodges:

Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.

Fishing Charter:

This means the associated business offers professional paid-for deep sea fishing charters / outings and excursions for those fishing enthusiasts (and for newbies). They generally have a fully equipped fishing boat and all the fishing gear ready for clients to bait up and cast a line. Their expertize, knowledge and experience will reward you with some of the best fishing spots for an action packed deep sea fishing experience.

For Sale:

If you're looking to invest or buy property in Mozambique, keep an eye out for this category for the latest in the property market.

Full Board Accommodation:

Full Board means breakfast, lunch and dinner (also known as "All Inclusive"). If a venue is listed under this category, then they either offer guests the choice of a full board meal plan during their stay or their rates by default include full board meals. a lot of these establishments will have private personal chefs serving guests top class cuisine.

Group Accommodation:

Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".

Guest House:

Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.

Holiday Home:

This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.

Honeymoon / Romantic Accommodation:

Very self-explanatory. A venue will be listed under this category if they offer a specific luxury, private honeymoon suite or because our admin has "hand-picked" the establishment to be perfect for such an occasion based on their location and facilities offered. However, you are the best judge when it comes to planning that special getaway with your loved one anyway. Pssst ... and it doesn't have to be expensive either to enjoy, right?!


A hotel is generally a large premises that can accommodate a large amount of guests in many adjacent rooms grading from standard 2 sleeper units to "executive" luxury suites offering more in-room space and facilities. They generally have a restaurant and bar on-site for all day meals and drinks (quite often offered on a buffet dining basis). Other on-site facilities may include a swimming pool, gym, spa, in/outdoor entertainment area for kids, a conference / wedding room for meetings / ceremonies and a small shop.

Restaurant / Personal Chef(s) On-Site:

This indicates that the establishment has a small / large restaurant on-site for their guests (they may also accept walk-ins for non-guests) or they have on-board catering staff serving guests in their own private space or in a designated dining area.

Self Catering:

This type of establishment offers guests facilities required to cater / cook on their own terms whether it be within a holiday home for example or on communal grounds.


This means the establishment has spa facilities and services offered to guests who are looking for personal treatments during their vacation.

Tours & Safaris:

These business services can range from swimming with dolphins, horse riding, city tours, boat tours, island tours, dhow tours to game drives and more. You'll have to click on their advert to find out more and what they have to offer.

Wedding Venue:

This means, the venue has all the on-site facilities and catering services to host large or small weddings and ceremonies. Depending on the size of the wedding, some may have enough units to accommodate all wedding guests.