Cheap Flights to Mozambique
The spectacular purple blooms of flowering jacaranda trees in Maputo are in stark contrast to the stretches of desert sand at Tofo Beach. The extremes of Mozambique are as beautiful as they are dramatic. Energetic African musical rhythms spilling from clubs in Maputo differ strikingly with the quiet sound of wind on the green savanna. Distilling the wild beauty that Africa is famous for, Mozambique is a destination promising glimpses of rare species and fascinating culture. Travelers can fly to Mozambique via Maputo International Airport (MPM) to begin their Mozambican adventure.
Flights to Mozambique
Most flights land at Maputo International Airport (MPM) in the country's capital of Maputo. There are two terminals with international flights landing at the International Terminal. A restaurant, currency exchange, and passenger services are located in each terminal. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge. Those who fly to Mozambique via this airport will be in convenient proximity to Maputo, which is just 3 miles away. There are buses traveling to the city's center, or visitors can rent a car. A taxi ride will cost around $5 and last for 15 minutes.
Attractions in Mozambique
Maputo makes a good starting point for a visit to Mozambique. Its location on Maputo Bay offers beautiful beaches of golden sand framed by turquoise water. Ponta d'Ouro is particularly pretty, protected by lush, green hills that slope dramatically to the golden sand below. In the Parque dos Continuadores, vendors sell handicrafts like hand-painted batik fabric, wood carvings, and delicious roasted Mozambican cashews. Stroll through the Jardim Tunduru to see native plants or visit the Museu de História Natural. Both offer a glimpse of Mozambique's native creatures and natural beauty.
You can book safaris to view the spectacular range of animals in the country. Gorongosa National Park allows a glimpse of elephants, lions, crocodiles, and hundreds of bird species. Snorkeling and diving are popular pastimes in coastal cities like Vilanculos.
Hints and Tips for Mozambique
Mozambique's climate is tropical with very little variation in temperature between the seasons. During the winter months, May through November, highs are in the 70s. Summers, lasting from December to April, have greater amounts of rain, and temperatures rise to the 80s. There are street parties and fireworks as part of New Year's celebrations throughout the country. In Pemba, the Tambo International Art Festival in July is a tribute to dance, music, crafts, and theatrical performances.
The cuisine of Mozambique is a mix of native recipes and ingredients influenced by colonial Portuguese settlers. Ncima is a polenta-like porridge dish made from ground corn. The country's access to fresh seafood ensures that prawns, lobster, clams, and other favorites top the menu in many eateries. Taste Peri-Peri-style cooking, a spicy rub on grilled meats or seafood. A sweet cake made of ground cashews and potato called Bolo Polana is served for dessert, especially at Christmas time. A meal of several courses for two at a midrange restaurant will cost around $20 in a large city.
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