The Lap of Luxury in Maputo

Travel to Mozambique and visit Maputo with its subtropical climate, beautiful sheltered bay and blend of Portuguese architecture, African spontaneity and Indo/Portuguese/African cuisine. Maputo has retained much of its colonial mystique. Here nightclubs swing to samba rhythms till the break of dawn and a host of kiosks serve piri-piri chicken barbecued on the spot, matapas, fried potato chips and piping hot prawns. Hundreds of sidewalk cafes, dozens of nightclubs and a few sleazy strip joints complement the vibrant atmosphere of this capital city that feels more Latin American than African.

Modeled on Portuguese harbour cities such as Lisbon, Maputo features wide tree lined avenues with stone mosaic sidewalks. Magnificent architectural gems rise up alongside horrendous apartment blocks, where a goat tied up on the balcony is considered a common site. A hodge podge of the beautiful, the quaint, the old, the new, the poor and the rich, a mixture of cultures, of times and of religions. Maputo is a veritable melting pot and your experience here will always be a rich and rewarding one.

If you enjoy the lights of the city, the raunchy nightlife and the spicy food served up at roadside stalls, then you will certainly enjoy any time spent in the raucous atmosphere of this vibrant coastal city. If the streets, pubs and roadside restaurants don't catch your fancy you can also choose to stay on Inhaca island. Just an hours ferry ride out in the Maputo baywhere the sounds of Maputo fade and the lights of the city glow on one horizon and the rising sun on the other.

Whether it's a steaming pile of peri-peri prawns served up on fine china at the Polana Serena Hotel or a cooling snorkeling adventure on the reefs of Inhaca Island, there are some fantastic accommodation options in this area and we list only the best of them.

If you are struggling to make a decision based solely on the information from our website, then don't hesitate to contact a Rhino Africa consultant to help you make the most informed decision.

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