Mozambique is a popular destination for budget travelers from South Africa and abroad, thanks to its good weather, the excellent surfing and diving opportunities it offers and its relatively cheap accommodation and transport costs. . Travelers usually begin their journey in Maputo and spend a few days exploring the city before venturing into the more rural areas of the country.
Maputo is the capital of Mozambique, and it is worth spending a couple of days in Maputo before traveling further north along the coast. Maputo has several affordable accommodation options, and there are several affordable guesthouses and budget guesthouses that have opened in different parts of the city due to the intensity of the demand for affordable accommodation. Maputo’s most popular tourist attraction is the lively fish market in the north of the city on the Costa do Sol, where you can buy all kinds of seafood imaginable.
After a good time in Maputo, cheap travelers usually go to Xai-xai or Tofo. Lamb-lamb is a small town along the shoreline. There are minibus taxis from Maputo to Xai-xai, and the drive takes about 5 hours on gravel roads. The Xai-xai beach area attracts tourists looking for a relaxed and stress-free holiday on the beach. It is a less commercialized area and does not have real hostels that provide accommodation for backpackers. However, it has campsites for travelers with tents, and there are also several guest houses in the area. Xai-xai beach is clean and lightly polluted due to the relatively low number of tourists visiting the area.
Tofo is another popular destination for budget travelers and is further north than Xai-xai. Tofo is about an 8-hour drive from Maputo and a 30-minute drive from the lively city of Inhambane. It has hostels and budget accommodation options, the best known being Fatima’s Nest and Bamboozi Beach Lodge. Travelers to Tofo can sign up for one of the many PADI diving courses on offer, and dive along the Tofo coast, rich in marine life, including whale sharks, manta rays and many species of fish. . Tofo Beach is also a popular surfing spot due to the cannon waves that provide excellent surfing conditions. Tofo is very busy during the peak holidays, and is particularly busy in the months of December and January.
Mozambique has a lot to offer travelers with budget constraints looking for a truly African experience. It offers unique and exciting activities that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else in South Africa, and is still cheap because it’s a relatively obscure destination that hasn’t been marketed much yet.