Bridget Hilton-Barber has produced a great travel guide that is fun to read, with a Mzansi twist; South African terminology and a focus on where to get ice-cold beer. Follow her journey through the south of Mozambique, as she hangs out, eats out and plays about.
Travel Guide to Maputo and Southern Mozambique gives a detailed list of a range of accommodation establishments, restaurants, hot spots and tourist attractions, and is spiced up with fun facts about Mozambique as well as helpful tips and tricks to better navigate it.
Hilton-Barber writes with a relaxed style, making this travel guide go down as smoothly and refreshingly as a caipirinha cocktail. Her wit and humour was enough to banish the bad memories of my experiences in Maputo with dodgy policemen.
Still, the guide encourages responsible travel and includes beautiful pictures of natural and man-made attractions, activities and locals.
A great read for anyone keen for a road trip to Mozambique, or wanting to escape to its turquoise waters and white sands in the comfort of their favourite armchair.
Southern Africa is home to many beautiful holiday destinations. What inspired you to write a travel guide on Maputo and Southern Mozambique?
I went on a random visit to Maputo a few years back and fell completely in love with the place and the people [and] I felt a great desire to spread this love.
With Mozambique being well known for its warm waters, beach destinations are certainly not few and far between. Which destination would you recommend?
It’s a hot contest between Praia do Tofo near Inhambane, and the Bazaruto Islands. If you’re in Maputo (not famed for its beaches) the best bet is Inhaca Island.
What changes in tourism do you foresee for Maputo and Southern Mozambique over the next few years?
A greater effort to conserve Mozambique’s beautiful coastline, especially by taking a tougher stance to people who drive their cars on the beach.
What do readers have to look forward to from you next?
Hopefully a new improved version of this guide: bigger, better.