Hostels in Maputo, Mozambique

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Get to know Maputo (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Maputo. To help you make friends with Maputo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, is the most popular starting point for any trips around the country. As Mozambique is a former Portuguese territory, you'll manage to get around easily if you know how to speak Portuguese. English is also spoken by many (particularly in more touristic areas), as the proximity to South Africa and the influx of South African vacationers in Mozambique have made this language more and more common.

To get around town, you should be familiar with the word "chapa," which is the local slang for bus. Chapas sport different colors depending on their route and destination and they are, by far, the most popular form of transportation. Routes aren't always clearly specified at the stops, so you'd be better off asking a local or at your Maputo hostel before leaving. Taxis are obviously common as well, and so are tuk-tuks (individual small taxis, that are more expensive than chapas, but not as much as proper taxis either).

If you like history, Maputo shall keep you entertained, particularly with buildings and monuments from the colonial times. The local train station is one of the favorites, particularly on weekend nights, as it's used as venue for concerts of different music genres -- this is a great place to see how locals party, and join in as well!

Apart from city oriented activities, Maputo also has several beaches, the most popular being Catembe and Ponta d'Ouro. Not only are the beaches great for taking walks or getting into the water on warm days, but they are also particularly eye-catching on weekends, when they become an extremely popular venue for wedding photography.

As Maputo is quite a big city, there are of course a lot of Maputo hotels from which you can choose, ranging from the typical backpackers places (where you'll get to meet international travelers) to other guesthouses with a more homey atmosphere. Anything located near "Baixa" (Portuguese for "Downtown") would be ideal, as you'd be close to transportation, restaurants, and in the center of it all!

Written by local enthusiast for Maputo hostels

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FAQ about Maputo Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Maputo. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Maputo. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Maputo costs on average $17 for a dorm. A hostel in Maputo with private rooms costs on average $40.
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The Base Backpackers is the best rated hostel for partying in Maputo.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Maputo

Your Packing List for Maputo

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Maputo and Mozambique.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Maputo Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Maputo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
$17 Average dorm price
$40 Average private room price
$18 Cheapest hostel in Maputo
The Base Backpackers is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Maputo
The Base Backpackers is the best rated
4.6 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Maputo - 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 Maputo. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Maputo. 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!

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