The allure of Mozambique, South Africa’s exotic neighbour, just got that much more tantalising, with the announcement that low-cost carrier, fastjet, will be launching flights from Johannesburg to Maputo from November, and domestic flights within Mozambique …
“Mozambique is a very important market for fastjet” says Nico Bezuidenh out, fastjet CEO. “We will soon have the opportunity to offer daily flights between some of the main cities in the country at affordable fares.”
Less than an hour’s flight from Johannesburg, Maputo has long enticed South African travellers seeking a beach and city escape with intoxicating African and Portuguese flavours. So if the destination piqued your interest before, with fastjet’s new flight and no need for a visa, there’s nothing stopping you from heading to this tropical city.
Here are 10 things to do in Maputo now that it’s easier and faster to get there with fastjet:
1.Maputo city tour:
Dana Tours offers a day tour revealing the vibrant history and culture of Maputo. Admire the architecture of City Hall and the Railway Station, and pay a visit to the Botanical Gardens and The Iron House, designed by Gustav Eiffel.
2. Kings of House event:
Catch Black Coffee live in Maputo at Club Campo da Maxaquene. Called the “Kings of House”, this event is scheduled to take place on 11 November. Get your tickets at Computicket and dance the night away to some deep house beats.
3. Get your art fix:
Mozambique has more to it than just beautiful beaches and delicious seafood. The National Art Museum in Maputo offers an excellent collection of high quality paintings and impressive wood sculptures created by Mozambique’s best contemporary artists.
4. Sample some local music:
On Thursday 9 November, you can catch local artist, Assa Matusse for her album launch at Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano in Maputo. Her afro-jazz style of music will give you a feel-good fix of local Mozambican talent.
5. Indulge in the nightlife:
Head out after dark on one of Dana Tours’ night tours. If you feel like dancing, try Coconuts Live which has affordable drink specials and a massive dance floor. Alternatively, try Mundo’s for something more relaxed – tasty pizza and ice-cold beers.
6. Delight your taste buds:
With strong Portuguese and Arabic influences, Mozambique’s food is simply magnificent. Why not indulge in fresh seafood dishes at Mercado do Peixe (the Fish Market) or find a pasteleria (patisserie) for traditional Portuguese treats such as pasteis de nata (custard tarts) paired with a freshly brewed coffee.
7. Kick back:
It does get quite hot in November in Maputo, so lying on the beach might not be ideal, but this doesn’t mean you can’t relax. There is nothing better than finding an ideal spot in the shade while sipping on an ice cold “2M” beer and simply enjoying the views.
8. Try a day tour:
If you find the energy to attempt a day tour, Dana Tours offers trips to Santa Maria, Inhaca and the Portuguese Islands. The boat departs from the Maputo Marina (Escola Nautica) to Santa Maria in the morning, with a seafood lunch at Inhaca, and some snorkelling in between. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
9. Shop till you drop:
Head out for some Christmas shopping as you explore the endless rows of the municipal market, before walking across the street to Casa Elefantes to pick up some of Mozambique’s best capulanas. Or, how about a visit to FEIMA for an incredible array of crafts – you won’t be disappointed!
10. Wine and Whiskey Festival:
The Wine & Whisky Festival 2017 takes place in Maputo from 23-25 November at Hotel VIP Maupto. It is one of the largest wine, whisky and spirits tasting events in the country and offers visitors the opportunity to sample and learn about how they are made while tucking into some great food too.