Cape Town - If you've thought jetting off to an island break is going to cost you an arm and your neighbour's leg - think again.
Working in your favour is the newly established connectivity to Maputo - a route from Johannesburg that usually costs travellers almost three times as much per km to travel to the capital of Mozambique than it does to Durban - yet it is practically the same distance.
Pan-African airline fastjet has added its metal to the route dominated by South African Airways (SAA) and Linhas Aérias Moçambicanas (LAM) and with flights set to start in the next few months - hoping across the border for a weekend in Mozambique is something Saffas can realistically do.
It's so easy really, you don't need a visa and the hour-long flight will see you enjoying a flavourful mix of Portuguese and African culture.
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Here's what to add to your tropical island weekend escape in Maputo
Visit the Fish Market
Indulge in delectable seafood flavours freshly caught and cooked at one of the barracas at the Fish Market near the Marginal. Simply select your catch and ask one of the local chefs to cook it in their make-shift kitchens alongside the market. This is best enjoyed in the open sunshine with a bottle or two of 2M beer.
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Admire the arts and crafts at Feima
For beautiful batik art and wooden sculptures, look no further than Feima on the Avenida dos Mártires de Machava.
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Set sail for Inhaca
Visit Inhaca Island and Portuguese Island across Maputo Bay and spend the day snorkeling and indulging in delicious seafood.
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Visit Macaneta, just 30km north of Maputo, for a relaxing beach break and dip your toes in the Indian Ocean.
Jazz it up
Maputo is renowned for its jazz scene and you can experience it during a city tour at night, which will take you to such renowned clubs as Coconuts Live, Sinatra’s and Africa Bar.
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