Hostels in Mozambique Hostels in Mozambique

You are looking for hostels in Mozambique? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Mozambique hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Mozambique.

All Cities in Mozambique

We list every single hostel in Mozambique and the world. In total, we have 7 cities in Mozambique for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Mozambique hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Mozambique. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Mozambique

The Republic of Mozambique is a tropical country located in southeast Africa. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, South Africa to the southwest, and Swaziland to the south. Its largest city is also its capital, namely Maputo.

Mozambique became Portugal’s colony in 1505. It changed ownership, belonging to Somalia and then again to Portugal, until it gained its independence in 1975. Soon thereafter, the country was subjected to a civil war which lasted from 1977 until 1992. In 1994, the first multi-party, democratic elections took place in Mozambique. Peace lasted until 2013 when the nation was subjected to an insurgency by RENAMO. Travelers to the country are advised to check on the political situation of any region before visiting.

Mozambique is one of the most underdeveloped and poor countries in the world. Its economy depends mostly on agriculture, although other sectors such as tourism are currently growing. The official language is Portuguese although there are many other native languages also spoken among the over 24 million inhabitants.

Fortunate for the budget traveler, numerous hostels are scattered around the 309,500 square mile (801,590 square kilometer) area. The largest number of hostels can be found in Maputo as well as Vilanculos and Tofo. You also easily can find a hostel in cities like Nampula, Chimoio, Quissico (also known as Zavala), and Inhambane. As an alternative, there are budget motels, inns, and campgrounds where you can sleep for a relatively low price as well.

The hostels in Mozambique tend to be located close to tourist attractions. Prices can vary, but there are very affordable options available. Most of these accommodations are basic, clean, secure, and have friendly, helpful staff members. Many offer included breakfasts, onsite restaurants, wifi for free or a minimal fee, mosquito nets, fans, and a communal kitchen.

If you have chosen to settle down in Maputo, you should add FEIMA (Feira de Artesanato, Flores, e Gastronomica) to your itinerary. This fair presents plants, art, and food for sale. Live music with handmade instruments is another feature. At the end of the month, you might get to enjoy an entire food fair. Be sure to browse through the handmade dresses, wooden sculptures, jewelry, bags, intricately carved tables, and colorful plates with safari motifs. It is the perfect place to acquire some unique souvenirs.

If you are staying in a hostel in Vilanculos, you can visit Machilla Magic, a crafts store featuring the work of local artists. This venue allows the artisans to make money in a professional setting. Your purchase of any of the products benefits the local economy. There are baskets, drums, wooden figures, bracelets, lamp shades, platters, domino sets, hammocks, and many other useful as well as beautiful items for purchase. It is the ideal place for guilt-free shopping.

For all the beach lovers visiting Mozambique, Praia do Tofo is the ideal spot to look for a hostel. There is a beautiful, clean beach with warm water and perfect waves. You will see boats and restaurants along the sand where you can rent a gazebo or enjoy a horse ride. Surfing and kayaking are among the water sports available. Across the street, you can spend some leisure time roaming around the market of this coastal village. At night, you are just steps away from your accommodations situated right along the water. What better way is there to soak in the sounds, smells, and ambiance of this tropical paradise?

expert for Mozambique hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Mozambique hostels Jakob Lombardi


Travel Tips for Mozambique - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Mozambique. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Mozambique. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Mozambique

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Mozambique?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Mozambique here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Mozambique safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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