Southern Mozambique

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Top ChoiceNational Park in Bazaruto Archipelago

Bazaruto National Park

Bazaruto National Park

This1400-sq-km park protects the five islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, plus surrounding waters. Thanks to this protected status, and to the archipelago's relative isolation from the ravages of war on the...

Wildlife Reserve in Southern Mozambique

Maputo Special Reserve

The Maputo Special Reserve – about a two-hour drive south of Maputo – is the closest place to the capital to experience Mozambique's bush. The pristine and stunning wilderness scenery and birding are the main...

Nature Reserve in Pomene

Pomene Reserve

The subject of renewed attention in recent years, this 200-sq-km reserve was gazetted in 1972 to protect the mangrove ecosystems, dune forests and marine life of the Pomene area, including dugongs and turtles....

Cultural in Macaneta Beach

Gwaza Muthini

Each year Marracuene fills up with visitors commemorating those who died resisting colonial rule in the 1895 Battle of Marracuene. At the heart of the festivities is the killing of a hippo from the Nkomati River...

National Park in Southern Mozambique

Limpopo National Park

Together with South Africa's Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe's Gonarezhou National Park, Limpopo National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Although wildlife spotting is erratic and often...

French in Barra

Green Turtle Restaurant & Beach Bar

This is the closest to gourmet dining that you'll find in the area, with tasty French cuisine – the seafood dishes and desserts are particularly notable – and lovely views. It's on the beach about 2km to the left...

Cathedral in Inhambane

New Cathedral

The attractive new cathedral – named Nossa Senhora de Conceição, just like its predecessor next door – rises up just north of the jetty. Its distinctive red roof dominates the skyline and is clearly visible...

Museum in Inhaca Island


On Inhaca’s southwestern edge is a marine-biology research station and a small museum with specimens of local fauna. Transport can be arranged through Restaurante Lucas. Otherwise, it’s a 50-minute walk from the...

Cathedral in Inhambane

Cathedral of Nossa Senhora de Conceição

The beautiful old Cathedral of Nossa Senhora de Conceição, dating from the late 18th century, is just northwest of the jetty. It is no longer used for services, and it is not possible to go inside, although the...

Museum in Inhambane


This tiny museum near the unmissable new mosque is well worth a stop. Its displays include collections of traditional musical instruments, clothing and household items from the surrounding area, with some...

Nature Reserve in Inhaca Island

Inhaca Island Marine Reserve System

Since 1965, much of Inhaca and the surrounding waters have been protected as marine and forest reserves. Entry to the reserve is collected by an official at the ferry dock (or is included in most tour packages...

European in Inhambane


The popular Verdinho's features a large menu including tasty salads, burgers, pizzas, pasta and continental dishes, and seating indoors or at shaded tables outside on the patio, where you can watch the passing...

Cafe in Tofo

Café Happi

This good veg-only cafe at Liquid Dive Adventures has tasty breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, smoothies and more. It's near the entrance to town: go left at the Y-junction, and it's about 100m further on the left.

Burgers in Tofo

A Streetbar Named Desire

This quirky place in the town centre's market area serves an array of burgers and other pub food, all named after music of the '60s and '70s, such as the Elvis Presley pork chop. It also has some salads.

Seafood in Xai-Xai

Complexo Halley Restaurante

This pleasant place is notable for its authentic, homey ambience, its friendly staff and its tasty, generously portioned seafood dishes. It's set just back from the sand, with refreshing sea breezes.

Arts & Crafts in Vilankulo

Machilla Magic

This place sells an appealing selection of reasonably priced handicrafts, 95% of which are made from reclaimed or recycled materials. It's on the beach road, about 2.5km north of Hotel Dona Ana.

Cafe in Ponta d’Ouro & Ponta Malongane

Café Love

Tasty pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts and a changing daily special. Also has a small children's adventure playground. It's along the main road uphill from the market.

Market in Vilankulo

Fish Market

The fish-market – on the beach at the southern end of town, is a hive of activity in the early morning and late afternoon when the fishers return with their catch.

Cafe in Ponta d’Ouro & Ponta Malongane

Mango Tropical Cafe

This quiet rooftop cafe serves up good smoothies, fresh juices, mezze platters and light seafood meals. It's located on the main road, above the Dolphin Centre.

Italian in Tofo

What U Want

Tasty Italian and Mozambican cuisine, good pizzas and starters like focaccia and bruschetta. It's in the centre of town, just northwest of the market area.