Maputo, Mozambique Tourism
- Maputo, Mozambique Vacation
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has been the capital of Mozambique
since 1898. The city
was previously called Lourenço Marques
until the country's independence in 1975
. It is the largest city in Mozambique and the country's most important harbour. It is situated at the mouth of the Santo River
in the extreme south, 90 km from the border with South Africa
In comparison with other sub-Saharan African cities
, the urban area feels small and concentrated, with wide avenues and old trees. People
are generally out and about in the streets, walking, driving and getting on with life. The vibe is healthy and active, with little begging and lots of street vendors and markets. There is no heavy presence of police during the day.
There are few tourists to be seen and at times the atmosphere is as much South American
as African. Buildings
range from old colonial palaces to new high-rise constructions, but the dominant architecture consists of Stalinist-looking concrete-walled boxes, generally with badly eroded paint and rusty security bars. Fortunately, these tend to fade into the background, and there are enough buildings with old charm and lush enough gardens (cycads, coleus, flamboyant, jacaranda, bouganvillea, etc.) to give a pleasing if shabby feel. Especially outstanding buildings which shouldn't be missed are the Pancho Guedes
creations: Guadiesque, surreal and difficult to find.
The city provides a range of accommodation, from many-star hotels (e.g. Polana, Cardoso
, Southern Sun
) to comfortable backpackers' hostels (Base
's) and reasonable options in between (Mozaic Guest House
See in Maputo, Mozambique
1 - The Railway Station
dos Trabalhadores is sometimes mistaken to be the work by Gustave Eiffel
. However, the building is an imposing structure and well-worth a visit, especially at Friday or Saturday nights where live music often is played.
2 - The National Art Museum
has a small but good collection of Mozambican art, including several large canvases by the world-renowned Malangatana
3 - The Jardim Tunduru
is a very pretty (albeit small) botanical garden.
4 - The Museum
of the Revolution
fight for indepedence from Portuguese colonialism
2008 and by the looks of it will not re-open soon)
5 - The Mercado Central
in the Baixa district
has fresh fish, crabs, calamari, fruits and vegetables, and many household staples. Safe
, lively and recommended, especially if cooking for yourself.
6 - Walk
up Avenida Julius Nyerere
from the Hotel
Cardoso or Natural History Museum
along R Mutemba to Nyerere
then left (north) to the Polana Hotel. Boutiques, restaurants, curio vendors, video stores, etc. to be seen in the relatively upscale Polana neighborhood.
7 - Casa
Avenida Samora Marcel
, is a building designed by Gustave Eiffel, architect of Paris
' Eiffel Tower
. It is also known as the "Iron House
" or "Steel
House" because of its all-metal structure. Originally
intended as the Governor
's home, it turned out to be too hot to live in under Maputo's tropical conditions, and is now a museum.
8 - Museu de História Natural
, Praca Travessia de Zambezi
(close to Cardoso Hotel). Enjoyable little museum. Lots of stuffed animals, birds and reptiles with full-size models of elephants. Interesting collection of wooden carvings, including a selection of traditional and very uncomfortable looking wooden pillows. Mtn 50.
Do in Maputo, Mozambique
1 - Visit
some beautiful beaches, such as Catembe and Ponta d'Ouro
. It is very jovial in these atmospheres and are generally safe, but beware of pickpocketing and avoid bringing valuables with you on a beach stroll. Ponta D'Ouro
and Ponta Malongane have some beautiful scuba-diving spots, with either campsites or chalets right on the beach.
2 - Take in a wedding. Beautiful
tribal singing and women ululating. Civil ceremonies next door to Avenida Hotel. Several weddings on Saturday morning
- published: 19 Sep 2014
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