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Maputo: Mozambique's thriving capital, with incredible wildlife and the Indian Ocean's warm waters

The warm tropical vibrations of the Indian Ocean run through the capital city of Maputo in Mozambique. With more than 1.2 million residents, it is the largest city in the country. Maputo boasts picturesque streets, stunning beaches, exotic bazaars and an invitation to the wild! Top attractions include Inhaca Island, Maputo Train Station and the Natural History Museum.

Get ready for a trip to paradise, because cheap flights to Maputo are now available for a limited period of time!

Maputo is home to Maputo International Airport (MPM), which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Maputo International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including South African Airways and LAM Mozambique Airlines. Direct flights to Maputo depart from Johannesburg and Durban. Popular connecting flights depart from Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 1 hour.

Popular flights to Maputo

Flight Route Airline Trip Type Travel Dates Searched Price from
Johannesburg - Maputo LAM Mozambique Airlines Return Nov 1 - Nov 4 1 day ago R3,539
Durban - Maputo SAA Return Jan 10 - Jan 11 1 day ago R5,899
Cape Town - Maputo SAA Return Nov 7 - Dec 7 1 day ago R5,769
Bloemfontein - Maputo SAA Return Oct 14 - Oct 17 1 day ago R7,809
Port Elizabeth - Maputo SAA Return Nov 10 - Nov 14 1 day ago R4,659

Why visit Maputo


Bustling Bazaars

Taste your way through the city with tropical fruits, nuts and fragrant spices in the markets and bazaars of Maputo. Peri-peri cashew nuts are especially popular with the locals.


Warm Ocean Waters

Sandy white stretches meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean on the beaches of Maputo. Costa do Sol and Bilene beach are definite must-visits.



Just a stone’s throw out of the city, find yourself in a hidden paradise where majestic elephants, rhinos and other animals roam freely at the Maputo Special Reserve.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Mozambique
Currency Mozambique Metical (MZM)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 4.7 MZN
Language Portuguese
Hub Airport Maputo International Airport (MPN)
Airline LAM Mozambique Airlines
Time Zone GMT+2
Travel Adaptor Type C/F/M

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Best time to visit Maputo

Mozambique experiences a tropical climate, with temperatures throughout the year that are generally quite warm, and with the warmer days (November to March) bringing in the most rain. The coldest (average 13°C) and driest months are also peak season: June to August. During this time you will find days upon days of perfect weather and clear skies. For cheap flights to Maputo, consider going between December and April. It is a bit wet during this time, but the sun never hides for too long in this tropical destination.

Weather & Climate in Maputo

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 22°C 21°C 19°C 16°C 13°C 13°C 15°C 16°C 17°C 19°C 21°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 24°C 24°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 28°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 120 120 90 40 30 20 20 20 30 40 110 70

With its warm waters that gently caress your ankles and its exotic fruits and nuts found on most corners, Maputo is fast becoming one of Africa’s most visited cities. The country of Mozambique was first mentioned in the works of Portuguese navigator, Vasco de Gama, and since the 1400s, this tropical land has been one that entices visitors.

The shores of Maputo are sandy white paradises surrounded by warm water from the Indian Ocean. If you enjoy exploring the mystical floors of oceans, then you’re in luck, as snorkelling is one of the top things to do. For a bit of sunbathing, take a tuk-tuk to the picturesque beaches of Costa do Sol and Bilene beach.

Maputo Central Market and Praça 25 de Junho are both fantastic markets run by local vendors that sell a large range of items and tasty treats. Maputo is famous for its nuts, especially the peri-peri cashew nuts. Be sure to give them a try!

To spend some time in a completely unspoiled and natural environment, make a day trip to the Maputo Special Reserve, which is 100 km out of the city centre. The area is all bushveld, woodlands and hidden gems. The animals roam freely here, so you’ll need to go with a guide.

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South Africans do not need a visa to visit Maputo in Mozambique for a short stay. You will be granted entry into the country at all access points on presentation of your valid passport.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of Mozambique in Johannesburg.

Address: 95 Oxford Road, Saxonwold, Johannesburg

Phone: (+27) 011 327 5704

The people of Maputo are warm and welcoming, and the city is quite safe for travellers. However, as it is a big city, it is recommended that you leave valuables in your hotel and do not walk around with large wads of cash. Use a private taxi when travelling around at night.

It is always important to go for a general health check-up before a trip overseas. For your trip to Maputo, it is strongly recommended that you get the following vaccinations: hepatitis A and typhoid.

You should also use anti-malarial medications and take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites, as malaria is a risk in Mozambique.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Maputo
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 84.56
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 10.57
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 19.93
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 10.57
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 22.20

Whether you want to be in the city centre, in the tropical suburbs or overlooking the Indian Ocean as you sleep – Maputo has accommodation for all.

In the middle of the city centre, in Avenida 24 Julho, is where you can find some of the best hotels. Here you can find mid-to-high range priced hotels that are the best in the city. There are some beautiful guesthouses and B&B’s available at much more reasonable rates between the Baixa and Museu areas – two very popular areas of Maputo.

Hostel and backpacker accommodation is also available throughout the city.

There are many ways to get around the city, but if you would rather use public transport, it would be good idea to have a Portuguese-speaking friend with you. Buses, mini-buses and tuk-tuks are available.

If you plan on travelling out of the city, or going out in the evenings, opt for a private taxi. Often, drivers will not run the metre, so make sure to agree on a price before your journey starts.

Private taxis are generally reasonably priced, so you should be able to travel comfortably without hurting your budget.

Main attractions in Maputo

Maputo Train Station

Maputo Train Station

Inhaca Island

Inhaca Island

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

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