Pink Papaya is one of the few genuine backpacker hostels in central Mozambique and an excellent orientation point if you've just arrived from Zimbabwe. Located in a salubrious part of town near the governor's mansion, it has helpful management, clean dorm beds and doubles, and a well-equipped kitchen and braai area. Breakfast is available on request.
As with all backpacker places, the Papaya is a mine of local information. Relax in the common areas and read comments left by previous travellers describing excursions to the Chimanimani Mountains, Gorongosa National Park and Penha Longa.