Central Mozambique

Top things to do

Top ChoiceWaterfall in Gurúè

Cascata

Don't worry if you haven't the time or energy to summit Mt Namúli. Equally memorable is the 8km (one way) hike to the cascata (waterfall) in the hills north of town. Take a picnic, carry plenty of water and allow...

Top ChoiceAfrican in Chimoio

Restaurante Maúa

Tap any local with taste buds and they'll probably tell you that this place – one of several restaurants in the Feira Popular complex – serves the best food in Chimoio, possibly even central Mozambique. The menu...

Top ChoiceInternational in Beira

Biques

Biques (pronounced beaks) is a sight for sore eyes if you've just emerged bleary-eyed from the bush. Perched on a rise overlooking a windswept scoop of Macuti Beach, it's long been revered by overlanders for its...

Top ChoiceItalian in Beira

Tutto D'Italy

Top of the list of 'weird epiphanies in Beira' is this fabulous Italian restaurant hidden (there's no sign) in a children's park on the cusp of the Ponta Gêa neighbourhood. All the Italian favourites – antipasti,...

Top ChoiceInternational in Tete

Café del Río

When Tete's heat has melted you to a runny pulp, revive your spirits at Cafe del Rio, a beautiful thatched restaurant furnished like an upmarket African safari lodge that catches gorgeous sunsets over the...

Park in Central Mozambique

Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park

Though Gorongosa’s infrastructure is still being rehabilitated after the ravages of the civil war, and animal populations can’t yet compare with those in other Southern African safari destinations, the wildlife...

African in Beira

Restaurante 2 + 1

Get past the cheap 2+1 Takeaway outside and dive into the air-conditioned heaven of this lovely restaurant, a plush, inviting culinary star in the otherwise dilapidated Maquinino neighbourhood. The helpful...

Mountain in Gurúè

Mt Namúli

Rising up from the hills about 15km northeast of Gurúè are the mist-shrouded slopes of Mt Namúli (2419m), from which flow the Licungo (Lugela) and Malema Rivers. If you find yourself in the area with time to...

Forest in Caia

Catapu Forest Reserve

Catapu is a 250-sq-km sustainable forestry concession situated 30km south of Caia on either side of the EN1. It's home to the M'phingwe Lodge and is known for its huge variety of trees and birdlife (important...

Cafe in Chimoio

Ponto do Encontro

The aptly named 'meeting point' is one of the town's best meeting and eating places, both as a Portuguese-style cafe (the coffee and pastries are excellent) and as a restaurant. The house special is chicken in...

Mountain in Gorongosa National Park

Mt Gorongosa

Mt Gorongosa (1862m) is Mozambique’s fourth-highest mountain. Located just outside Gorongosa National Park, it's steeped in local lore and known for its rich plant- and birdlife, as well as its abundance of...

Viewpoint in Gurúè

Casa dos Novios

This isolated house high above the tea fields has become a ruin since the erstwhile guard left about 10 years ago, but it's still a good target for a day hike through the plantations. The name 'House of the...

Beach in Beira

Macuti Beach

Macuti Beach is one of the better places in town to relax, though it can’t compare with the coastline further south or north. The water is moderately clean, the currents are strong (ask locally where swimming is...

International in Tete

Why Not Esplanada & Restaurant

It's a little out of the centre in a residential area – and finding it might entail asking directions in Portuguese more than once – but other than that…why not? This restaurant lives up to its name, tempting...

Cafe in Beira

Café Riviera

Head to this old-world street-side cafe for caffeine Portuguese style and a bolo (cake) as you watch the passing Beira scene – both the pretty and the gritty. It offers all the usual snacks, including chicken and...

Landmark in Beira

Grande Hotel

At the southern tip of Beira’s Ponta Gêa neighbourhood, within football-punting distance of the Indian Ocean, sits one of Mozambique’s biggest anachronisms: the Grande Hotel. Once a veritable palace of opulence...

European in Beira

Restaurante Pic-Nic

Set in one of the more dilapidated sections of the baixa, Pic-Nic defies its name and location, with waitstaff dressed in starched white shirts dispatching Downtown Abbey–worthy service. And it's not all show....

Church in Tete

Missão de Boroma

About 25km northwest of Tete, overlooking the river, is the Missão de Boroma. Founded in 1885 by Jesuit missionaries, it was known for its colégio (school), its carpentry-training centre and its attractive...

Hill in Chimoio

Cabeça do Velho

Located 4km northeast of the town centre, this diminutive, craggy hill rises precipitously out of the surrounding flatness looking not unlike the head of an old man lying prostrate amid the savannah – hence the...

Bar in Chimoio

Café-Bar Xeirinho

The dark, moody Xeirinho is the unlikely nexus of Chimoio's lively (for Mozambique) music scene. Gigs take place on Friday night, and the karaoke's popular with locals. The small bar serves cold beers as well as...