Mozambique's capital city is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline. It is the southernmost city in Mozambique, and is closer to South Africa than the rest of Mozambique, leading many locals to complain that the politicians are out of touch with what is happening in the rest of the country. Maputo's biggest attraction is its railway station, which was designed and built by Gustav Eiffel, a name you might recognise. Despite that and it being the capital, there is not much to see or do in Maputo and stays here are usually just overnight stops on the way to or from one of the beautiful tropical beach resorts and dive areas.
There aren't many good hotels in Maputo, but we have managed to find a few acceptable options for you, which you can find below. And despite the hotels within the city, which as already mentioned are mainly used for stopover nights, there is also the beautiful beach hideaway called Machangulo Beach Lodge, situated on the opposite of the bay. It is only reachable by boat transfer from Maputo. We highly recommend Machangulo Beach Lodge for a casual and very quiet beach stay in a lodge that is easily accessible and very affordable too, plus it has some decent dive spots. More information about that you can find under 'Diving & Snorkelling'.
where to stay...
From our visits to Maputo, we have first-hand knowledge of the hotels and below you can find the ones we most commonly use. Those hotels include mainly our favourites sorted from low-key to deluxe, which are usually smaller hotels with very personalised service, but also some bigger places, if they are the best or only option available. Open, close, then open each tab again to display the images fully.
villas das mangas
polana serena hotel
southern sun maputo
machangulo beach lodge