Beira, Mozambique, is a bustling port city and the second-largest city in Mozambique. It is strategically important for Mozambique, but also for landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi, as the main link to the coast and the goods that the sea trade brings. Beira is more than one thousand two hundred kilometers north of the Mozambique capital of Maputo, which sits in the southeast corner of the country, and is actually nearer to Zimbabwe's capital Harare more than five hundred fifty kilometers northwest, and Malawi's capital Lilongwe, almost one thousand kilometers north of Beira.
A walk around Beira will reveal a number of old Colonial buildings, particularly around the Ponta Gee, Praca do Metical, and the port areas. On Avenida Eduardo Mondlane, visitors will see the Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, with its beautiful spires, built in the Gothic Revival style during the first quarter of the twentieth century.
Makuti Beach on Avenida das FPLM is a clean-water beach that's good for relaxing with a swimming pool at the nearby Clube Nautico.
Gorongosa National Park is northwest of Beira and incorporates a wildlife reserve in an attempt to restock the park with animals after the devastating effects of poaching during the civil war. A visit here will still yield views of impala, warthogs, waterbucks, sable, crocodiles, and hippos, but the main attraction is more than three hundred species of birds, including many endemics.
There's plenty of accommodation here, but Beira, Mozambique hostels are not abundant. Budget travelers will have to look thirty-four kilometers northeast to the banks of the River Savane to find the nearest hostel in Beira, Mozambique. Public transport does run to the Beira, Mozambique hostel from the city, although it does tend to be very crowded. Your Beira, Mozambique hostel is in a quiet location on the river bank and provides food as well as dorm beds for the budget traveler. It is worth booking ahead, as your Beira, Mozambique hostel will fill up regularly.
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