White Beach Getaways

The sandy white beaches of Mozambique, worldofcruising.co.uk.

Mozambique is probably best known for its stunning amount of picture-perfect sandy white beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline. The capital Maputo is your best starting point to experience the best of this amazing country. Here you have tons of options for experiencing African culture, sea-side adventure and its 5-star beach resorts. Sailors.. scuba divers.. fishermen.. beach-lovers.. and adventure-seekers.. Be aware! You might not want to leave this country once you have experienced it. Mozambique can be divided in 3 parts; the southern part (with Maputo as the capital) – the central part (with Beira as the most known city) – the northern part (with Nampula being the hotspot). Strangely enough… (or not?), it’s railways can also be divided in these 3 parts.

The rail-lines between Nampula and Cuamba are operated by CFM Linhas do Norte, rail-lines between Beira, Tete and Marromeu are operated by CFM Linhas do Centro and CFM Linhas do Sul operates the rail-lines between the capital Nampula and neighbouring countries Swaziland, South-Africa and Zimbabwe. Within Mozambique the railway lines are not linked, but via other countries it is possible to travel to the other parts of Mozambique solely by (freight-)train. Maputo is the hotspot for your Mozambique adventures! Accessible by train from neighbouring countries, while also being a great starting point to experience the stunning coastline.

Whether you want to increase your budget for Mozambique is entirely up to you! Mozambique has lot’s to offer for the budget-traveler, but if you would like to experience 5-star resorts… this is the time! Go and experience the rich-life, being taken care off while you are relaxing in the sun… nice cool drink… private beach… I can almost see it happening in front of me. This might very well be thé perfect combination / little getaway after experiencing wild African nature (and animals). A few must do’s while you are relaxing on the beach… at least if you still are willing to to do some form of activities: swimming with dolphins (Ponta do Ouro), travel down to Gorongosa (an amazing National Park, home to lots of larger and smaller animals) and experience the islands of Mozambique by Dhow Safari. It’s a pretty side of Africa you will never forget! As mentioned, there are excellent train-connections to neighbouring countries, with in all cases a transfer on-foot at the border. Trains from both sides will stop a few 100 meters before the border and you can either continue the small walk on foot or try to arrange one of many forms of alternative transport. The timetables have been adjusted to that, so there’s lots of time for you to arrange food/drinks and to exchange money.

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Harare (Zimbabwe) dep/arr 20:00 07:30
Kadoma dep 23:20 04:12
Kwekwe dep 00:54 02:27
Gweru dep 02:42 00:30
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) dep/arr 12:15 09:10 07:00 20:00
Somabhula dep 04:50 16:07
Mbizi dep 23:55 18:20
Nyala dep 02:28 15:40
Sango (Zimbabwe) dep/arr 02:51 15:20
Chicualacuala (Mozambique) dep/arr 13:00 03:42
Chokwe dep 23:23 19:50
Magude dep 01:18 17:27
Manhiça dep/arr 02:53 15:59
Maputo (Mozambique) dep/arr 07:45 15:11 05:49 13:00
Ressano Garcia (Mozambique) dep/arr 10:20 12:05
Komatipoort (South Africa) dep/arr 18:00 06:38
Nelspruit dep 20:25 04:02
Witbank dep 22:05 02:15
Johannesburg (South Africa) dep/arr 06:20 18:10

– The fare between Bulawayo and Harare in “2nd class” (sleeper) is 10 euro.
– The fare between Bulawayo and Harare in “2nd class” (seat) is 5 euro.
– The fare between Bulawayo and Sango in “2nd class” (sleeper) is 10 euro.
– The fare between Bulawayo and Sango in “2nd class” (seat) is 5 euro.
– The fare between Maputo and Chicualacuala in “3th class” (seat) is 5 euro.
– The fare between Maputo and Ressano Garcia in “3th class” (seat) is 1 euro.
– The fare between Johannesburg and Komatipoort in “2nd class” (sleeper) is 15 euro.
– The fare between Johannesburg and Komatipoort in “2nd class” (seat) is 10 euro.

Entering Mozambique requires you to have a visa on forehand or buy one on arrival. A single-entry visa will cost around 25 euro’s. Please keep in mind that when obtaining a visa on arrival a 25% surplus applies. Passport holders should have at least 3 blank pages available.

It is highly advised to read all details at lonelyplanet.

Gorongosa National Park, gorongosa.org.


One of many top-resorts in Mozambique, whitepearlresorts.com.


A must do in Mozambique: diving, http://luxuryreporter.ng.


Go on a Dhow Safari!, africanbudgetsafaris.com.