Fly To Maputo, Mozambique
Mozambique’s capital and largest city, Maputo, boasts picturesque streets to stroll down, little cafes on corners to stop for a coffee and an interesting historical link to the Eiffel Tower. Whether you’re staying on honeymoon, taking a family holiday, or passing through with a backpack, you can sample Mozambican urban life at its best. Let Travelstart make your dream holiday in Maputo come true, so what are you waiting for?
Why visit Maputo?
- A booming city on the southern tip of Mozambique.
- A blend of cultures, found in the architecture, language and food.
- Stunning views across Mozambique’s largest harbour to the Indian Ocean.
Rands & US Dollars are widely accepted
To experience Maputo at its best, visit between June and September. The weather is not as hot at this time of year and, crucially, not as wet!
The official language is Portuguese, though numerous local languages, such as Emakhuwa, are also prevalent; a great opportunity to listen in on some fascinating languages whilst experiencing new cultures.
- Maputo is known as the City of Acacias because of the spectacle when the trees are in bloom.
- In the Maputo province is a special Maputo reserve for game. Though it is billed as an elephant reserve, you can also see a range of other animals such as hippos and crocodiles.
- During the Boer War, Winston Churchill escaped to Maputo, then known as Laurenco Marques. A plaque commemorates this on the building of the British High Commission. A bit of history is found everywhere in this city, so keep your eyes peeled!
Maputo has a rich cultural background and you can take a tour of the city, taking in some important historical attractions. The old Portuguese fort stands today and houses military relics in its museum. A number of colonial buildings stand amongst more modern developments, emphasizing the contrast between the ages. In addition, there are a number of lovely parks and gardens which are worth visiting if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
The local cuisine is primarily a mix of Mozambican, Portuguese, Middle Eastern and Indian/Pakistani influences. You can choose from a number of eateries catering to all budgets and street food is quite popular with the locals, but should be approached with some care by tourists if you are unfamiliar with it, especially regarding meat. Street-sellers offering fruit and nuts should be fairly safe for tourist consumption, so try some freshly prepared pineapple and papaya, or a bag of cashews.
It is recommended that you have up to date vaccinations/treatments for malaria, typhoid and hepatitis A before travelling to Mozambique. You are also advised to stick to bottled water. You wouldn't want to get sick on a dream holiday, so be prepared.
The crime levels in Maputo are not significantly high but you are advised to be on your guard as you would be in any large city and take the usual precautions. Better safe than sorry!
The dominant religion in Mozambique is Roman Catholic, followed by Islam. Mozambique has freedom of religion and Maputo has a number of places of worship to visit if you wish.
Smoking is not prohibited in all public places in Mozambique and the drinking age is 18, so keep this in mind when travelling to the country. You don’t want to get into trouble!
Mozambicans are known to be warm and friendly, so you should feel very welcome in Maputo.
Beat the fuel price blues and save on your next Mozambican trip with Maputo flights from Travelstart. Joburgers can get daily, direct flights to Mozambique’s capital city from O.R. Tambo Airport. South African Airways and LAM Mozambique operate direct non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Maputo, Mozambique.
Flights from Durban depart King Shaka International Airport in Durban daily. If you need flights from Cape Town to Maputo then check Travelstart for airline ticket prices on SA Express.
Maputo International Airport - MPM
With just 1 hour flying time from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, Maputo flights are just as quick as getting to Durban from the big city. The following airlines offer flights from South Africa to Maputo International Airport (code MPM):
- LAM Mozambique Airlines (Flights from Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo)
- SA Airlink (Flights from Durban’s King Shaka Airport)
- SA Express (Flights from Cape Town Airport)
- South African Airways (Flights from Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo)
Maputo International Airport, also known as Lourenço Marques Airport or Mavalane International Airport, is conveniently located just 3km from the city centre. As the largest airport in Mozambique, Maputo acts as a hub for national carrier LAM Mozambique and also offers flights to Lisbon on TAP Portugal.
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Having recently undergone an expansion, Maputo Airport now has an annual capacity of 500 000 passengers with the goal of expanding to 900 000 passengers annually in the near future. Search and book cheap flights to Maputo now.
The information on this page is correct as of February 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.