"Catembe beach" (or "Praia Catembe" in Portuguese) is located on the other side of the bay from Maputo city. The ferry from the city takes 10 minutes and cost 30 Metacais (1 USD). The other option is to drive around the bay, but it takes more than an hour.
Catembe beach is long and wide, with sand dunes in the back. The beach is of course the main attraction in the sleepy village. Expect to be looked at by the locals if you are white. They are not used to see foreigners.
The village of Catembe is close to the beach, and has several small cafes. All the streets are without asphalt paving. The view to Maputo city is great from the beach.
It's a lot of small cafes in Catembe. It's very cheap to eat, and nice to relax beside the dusty streets without asphalt paving. A real African atmosphere.
Since 1958 and known for its famous prawns.
Main courses range from 200 MT (6.25 euros) to 450 MT (14 euros).
The Portuguese Steak (entree) is on the menu for 250 MT (8 euros) but a good suggestion for any visitor is the Tour of Mozambique (entree) - 3 special dishes from Mozambique for 240 MT (7.5 euros).
My personal choice when I first came to this place (September 2, 2006) was Peixe Serra Grelhado (Roast Barracuda Steak) that was priced 200 MT and is pictured on this Tip.
The ferries to Catembe, on the other side of Maputo bay, goes from the harbour on the baixa area. The ferries leave when they are full. And the price is 30 metacais (aprox. 1 USD) one way, and you pay before you enter the boat. The trip takes 10 minutes.
These 3 pictures on this Tip depict the views that a visitor (at the dock of Catembe) will get over the Catembe beach and also over the Maputo Bay.
The Shrimp is caught, using fishing nets and then, inside these 20-litre containers (see picture), is brought to the market of Maputo.
Gosshhhh !! - What happened here ??
This Boat's dock in Catembe (see photo) is missing a lot of concrete !!!
I wonder whether this lack of concrete was only caused by the bumping of the boats into it ?? - What the heck really happened in here !?
All places in Catembe is off the beaten path. Although it's only a 10 minutes boat trip from Maputo centre. The life is tranquil and the streets are quiet...