Africa has always been a magnet for travelers with adventurous spirit and for those eager of unique experiences. Over years some countries have gained the status of must-see tourist destinations (South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt, etc.), while other remained shadowed by them. Fortunately, with the power of Internet and changes occurring in the other countries, other destinations can finally get their moment under the spotlight. One of those yet to be discovered gem is Mozambique, a country with a relatively well developed tourist infrastructure that offers great accommodation options, from affordable backpackers’ lodges to world class luxury resorts. If you are headed to Mozambique and worry about accommodation, do not be, here are some of the best options the country has to offer.
Hotels in Maputo
As lifeblood of Mozambique, Maputo should be inevitable on the Mozambique itinerary, and if you decide to stay there you will have many accommodation options available, so you will surely find some that fits your need. The Southern Sun Maputo, for instance, offers you a pleasant experience reasonably away from the city noise. The hotel building tells a story about the country’s history, mixing the charm of colonial style with African heritage. The lack of terraces in the room can be quite annoying, but it is compensated by the large and lush yard. If you are searching for a more luxurious feel, be sure to check in in 5 stars rated Polana Serena Hotel, with an indoor pool, outdoor pull, full service spa, fitness center, and a jetted tub in every room. The hotel is located in a vivid neighborhood, near the Museum of Natural History and Eduardo Mondlane University.
Suburban Rentals in Maputo
Sure, hotels have their perks, like getting everything you need on a plate, but if you prefer your privacy and truly experiencing the spirit of a city like a local, you can try renting a house or an apartment in some of Maputo’s suburbs. You can find a vast offer of such options on property websites such as Casamozambique. You can even have some of the comforts of a hotel, e.g. a swimming pool. Suburban rentals offer you the possibility to live like a citizen of Maputo, discover different restaurants nearby, that are more likely more affordable than the tourist hotspots in the center of the city, communicate with locals, and get to know some of the authentic African bars and pubs around.
The Country Lodges
If you would rather escape the city into lush nature, with a cozy accommodation, you are in luck, since Mozambique is filled with such options, throughout the entire territory. Kara O’Mula Country Lodge is located in Mulanje, and most of the units feature a terrace view on the green vivid garden, while others will also not disappoint with mountain views. In Harare, you can find the Wild Geese Lodge, for those tourists who prefer a truly apartment-like accommodation. Here, the rooms have their own seating and dining areas, and kitchenette equipped with basic appliances.
The two most famous tourist destinations in Mozambique are Bazaruto Archipelago and Quirimbas Archipelago. Both of them have various options for tourists, both the backpackers searching to save some bucks and regular tourists just keen on enjoying at the beach. One of the most fascinating island escapes is located within Bazaruto Archipelago. The Azura retreat is a true luxury hideaway, with sublime view of the Indian Ocean and no other hotel or tourist spot for miles/kilometers away. Across the country, Quirimbas Archipelago hides its smallest island, Medjumbe, with pristine powdery white beach and turquoise blue sea. The size of the island instantly gives it an aura of exclusivity, while the lodges, on the other side, are quite modest, but still comfy.
Wherever you decide to stay, the “Terra de Boa Gente” as Vasco de Gama called Mozambique, will not disappoint you, but dazzle you with its genuine kindness, staggering beauty and true desire to make the guests’ desires a priority.