Mozambique Cultural & Community

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Mozambique Cultural & Community

Below is a list of areas where there's a strong Mozambican culture and local community presence in no particular order of preference. Click on the area to learn more.

Experience, observe and learn about Mozambique's native Bantu and Swahili cultures in areas where local traditions of arts, crafts, entertainment, cuisine, religion, work and other interesting ways of daily life are still performed and practised.

Bazaruto Islands

Southern Mozambique

Santa Carolina (One of the Bazaruto Islands) hosted the popular and well known TV Show 'Survivor South Africa' in 2010.


Southern Mozambique

If you are in town in November then the annual dhow race is something not to be missed. It draws huge crowds and offers the winner substantial price money (almost the equivalent of their annual earnings!)


Southern Mozambique

Believe it or not - boarding a ferry to Inhambane is the fastest way to get there than by road (and vice versa)


Southern Mozambique

The lakes near Quissico offers a range of exciting activities to do including kayaking, skiing, parasailing, canoeing and kitesurfing. Anglers have the opportunity to catch kingfish, grunter and various other fish species. The lakes are ideal for exploring. You can take a long boat trip north through numerous lakes and winding water channels towards Inharrime where magnificent scenery and an abundance of birdlife is there to appreciate!


Southern Mozambique

The bay waters are clear, calm and relatively shallow between mainland and the islands providing ideal conditions for kitesurfing and safe bathing. Diving, snorkeling and big game fishing is extremely popular within the Bazaruto Archipelago and is renowned as one of the best fishing regions off Mozambique's coast for black marlin.


Southern Mozambique

The Limpopo River is Africa's 2nd longest river stretching approximately 1,750 kilometres and a catchment area of 415,000 square kilometres.

Chicamba Dam

Central Mozambique

The Chicamba Dam ecosystem attracts a prolific amount of birdlife and wildlife you can expect to see (depending on where about you visit around Chicamba Dam) includes giraffe, zebra, ostrich, vervet monkeys, horses, antelope among others.


Central Mozambique

Chimoio (formerly known as Vila Pery under Portuguese administration) won its first Mozambican Football Championship title in 1969!


Central Mozambique

The Chinhamapere Rock Art site is considered sacred by the by the Shona people and is used for rain making ceremonies; rain dance animals depicted in rock paintings are usually large herbivores such as antelope or hippos!


Southern Mozambique

Hop onto a ferry for a 25 minute ride to Maputo and admire spectacular views of Maputo, the bay and the modern Maputo Katembe Bridge that's very akin to the renowned Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco which is beatifully lit up like a Christmas tree at night ...


Southern Mozambique

Maputo is where historical monuments with beautiful architecture still stand and where museums invite you to tell the story behind Mozambique's rich colonial history. Interesting places to visit includes the Natural History Museum, The Central Railway Station in Maputo, Maputo City Hall, The Iron House in Maputo, Jardim Tunduru in Maputo, Maputo Catholic Cathedral, Maputo Special Reserve nearby and Xefina Island.

Angoche Island

Northern Mozambique

Mozambicans love clothes and if you have spare clothes (especially board shorts), then remember to take some with you, to trade with!

Island of Mozambique

Northern Mozambique

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.

Mossuril Bay

Northern Mozambique

To help sustain and support the local community, it would be appreciated if you bring unwanted supplies along such as clothes, toys for kids, medical supplies (bandages, medicine etc), school stationary or anything else you could think of that would put a smile on the communities faces. Every bit counts!


Northern Mozambique

Did you know, Nacala's port is the 2nd deepest port in the world (as deep as 200m)!! This region also boasts some of the best diving locations in Africa! Explore numerous dive sites that are hardly known of with experienced dive charters available.


Northern Mozambique

The area and landscape here is very beautiful and unique to Mozambique. Amongst the rolling hills and high mountains, large volcanic rocks (inselbergs) protrude from the earths surface creating a bizzare yet fascinating landscape.


Northern Mozambique

The Portuguese East African Company named the town Cuamba in 1937. In 1952 its name was changed to Nova Freixo - in 1971 it was granted city status and, after independence in 1976, it reverted to its original Cuamba.

Lake Niassa (Lake Malawi)

Northern Mozambique

Lake Malawi is famous for its huge swarms of lake flies! These tiny harmless flies, which when they hatch, form huge plumes resembling smoke rising up from the water. The local children find them a real treat and when they land on shore they gather them up by the handful then make them into "cakes" fry then eat them!


Northern Mozambique

Lichinga was founded by the Portuguese in 1931 and named Vila Cabral, after Mozambique's independence in 1975 the town was renamed Lichinga.


Central Mozambique

There are a number of interesting landmarks such as the beautiful Cathedral of Beira (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary) which was completed in 1907 using stone from the ruins of the old Sofala Fort (Fort San Gaetano) which was imported from Portugal and completed in the year 1501. At the mouth of the Pungoe River you will find the Grand Hotel which opened in 1954 and once was revered as the most opulent hotel in Africa and dubbed the "Pride of Africa". The hotel with its impressive Art Deco facade sadly never managed to attract enough guests and closed in 1963.

Savane Beach

Central Mozambique

Take a day excursion to Beira, the second largest city in Mozambique. Beira is known as the "Ship Graveyard", so you'll have lots of fun exploring the different shipwrecks along the beaches, especially the southern beaches of Beira.

Cahora Bassa Dam

Central Mozambique

The Cahora Bassa Dam was also the first high voltage direct current transmission system operational in Africa, and the first anywhere in the world to operate above 500 kV!


Central Mozambique

There are a couple of hotels in Songo where you can book accommodation otherwise this a perfect little stop-over or sleep overnight town.


Central Mozambique

The Cahora Bassa Dam (150km north west of Tete) was also the first high voltage direct current transmission system operational in Africa, and the first anywhere in the world to operate above 500 kV!


Central Mozambique

Before the Civil War, Gurue had the largest and most productive tea plantations in the Southern hemisphere!

Ilha do Fogo

Central Mozambique

±10km South East of Ilha do Fogo is the visible Dutch shipwreck of Bredenhof which wrecked off Ilha Silva back in 1753. The ship was a Dutch East-India Company (VOC or Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) which contained silver ingots, lead ingots, copper coins, cannons. In 1986, an excavation company discovered a treasure load of silver ingots and copper coins which was taken and auctioned in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Could there still be more treasure to be found?


Central Mozambique

Mocuba is a great stopover town for long distant travellers who are arriving or travelling to Malawi's Milange border.


Central Mozambique

The endless biodiversity of mangrove estuaries are not only a haven for coastal birdlife but also a treat to explore on kayak with stunning scenery to admire.


Central Mozambique

Quelimane has one of the largest coconut plantations in the world! If you take a drive north east from Quelimane, you will end up on a beautiful beach called Zalala beach. White sands stretch for miles in either direction.

Mocimboa da Praia

Northern Mozambique

Mocimboa da Praia is a perfect beach destination for kitesurfers. The calm surf and shallow waters nearby has put Mocimboa da Praia as a hotspot destination within the kitesurfing community. The word is spreading for those looking to discover new beaches in an almost uncharted territory, so bring your kitesurfing gear and brag about your experience with friends alike.


Northern Mozambique

Many cultural activities can be experienced in Montepuez, such as learning the art of traditional pottery, cooking recipies, herbal medicine initiations out in the bush, hair braiding, a 'mussiro mask' (beauty mask made from tree bark) and learning the art of Makonde.


Northern Mozambique

Palma sits on the inside arch of a massive 225km² bay at the mouth of a beautiful mangrove estuary. A large number of fishermen in their boats can be observed actively drifting around the bay where views of both Tecomaji and Rongui islands can be spotted from the beach.


Northern Mozambique

Pangane is a gateway village to Mozambique's largest island national park, the Quirimba Archipelago.


Northern Mozambique

Pemba Bay is the 3rd largest natural bay in the world (13,000 HA) and the largest bay in Africa from Ponta do Diabo to Ponta Maunhane. It is said that if every ship in the world had to dock in Pemba Bay, there would still be space for more!

Quirimba Archipelago Islands

Northern Mozambique

Many people claim that the Quirimbas Archipelago islands is not only the best scuba diving and big game fishing location in Africa, but the best in the world! The Quirimba offers you one of the top ten scuba sites on the planet.

Kosi Bay

South Africa

Botanists will be pleased to know that Kosi Bay is one of the very few regions in the world where five different mangrove species co-exist just in one area.


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Bazaruto Islands

Southern Mozambique

Santa Carolina (One of the Bazaruto Islands) hosted the popular and well known TV Show 'Survivor South Africa' in 2010.


Southern Mozambique

Visitors will be pleasantly treated with a game drive through the Maputo Special Reserve before reaching the Machangulo Peninsula. Spot various wildlife from elephants to giraffes, zebra, antelope, flamingos, crocodiles, hippos, birdlife among others ...


Southern Mozambique

Zavora is a beautiful beach renowned for its huge protective reef running 2km parallel and close to the shoreline. This reef acts as a natural tidal pool with shallow, calm waters, perfect for activities such as snorkeling, swimming and fishing

Island of Mozambique

Northern Mozambique

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.


Southern Mozambique

Tofo Bay is ideally situated along the well renowned Manta Coast - a popular dive site region for all levels of diving experience with over 30 dive sites to explore.

Santa Maria

Southern Mozambique

Find beautiful pansy shells off the beaches of Santa Maria during a spring low tide, full or new moon.


Southern Mozambique

Ponta Falsa (the tip of Pomene beach) has some great rocky cliff features including the "whole in the wall" and a huge blowhole. Explore the ruins of the Old Pomene Hotel which was once the holiday home of Samora Machel where one can admire beautiful bay views

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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.

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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.