Maputo Travel Guide

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Maputo Things to Do

  • THE HOT BOX

    The Iron House (Casa do Ferro) was designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 1800’s as a home for the Portuguese Governor of Mozambique. It was completed in 1892. The building itself answers the question – did Eiffel ever go to Africa? He designed the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Maputo’s grand Train Station. This is not his finest design...

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  • SCALA

    Scala is an art house cinema/arts centre that is named after the Teatro alla Scala (Scala Theatre) built in Milan under the auspices of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in 1776. The actuality does not live up to the grandeur of its namesake, but it is an art cinema in the true sense of the name. The day I visited my guide told me it was closed...

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  • OLD PORTUGUESE FORT

    Maputo's most evocative landmark is the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of Conception). This Portuguese fort (or Fortaleza) was built in the mid-18th century on top of earlier fortifications. Its striking architecture, battlements and cannons have a dominant position over the main harbour area. Inside are several striking reliefs...

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Maputo Restaurants

  • Snacks at the Camissa

    Besides acting "as both a meeting point and a place to exchange ideas" for artists, travellers, intellectuals, locals and regulars, Café Camissa is also a nice place for snacks & beverages.Click here to read my Café Camissa Tip about posted on Maputo's Things To Do.Except for Mondays, the Camissa opens everyday from 10am until 9pm. 9pm is the...

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  • Small African cafes in T3

    You will find small African cafes in many places in and around Maputo. These cafes are cheap places to eat. The T3 area is right outside Maputo. I was at a small cafe and had a T-bone steak, fresh bread and a beer. The cafe is located about 200 meter from the school yard in the centre of T3. The price was less than 100 metacais (4 USD).

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  • These illusive prawns

    Eating huge prawns seems to be the BIG reason for visiting Mozambique, and I was on my way to sample them in a restaurant on one of the main boulevards of the city. Much to my dismay, they had run out of this Mozambican jewel and I had to reconcile to eating calamari. Well done but nothing special. Yet the consolation prize was the enjoyable street...

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Maputo Nightlife

  • Red light district of Maputo

    Rua de Bagamoyo in the Baixa area is the Red Light District of Maputo. Actually it's only a small street with 4-5 bars and a strip club. The street is a hangout for prostitutes, so keep away if you don't like it.

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  • Africa Bar

    Africa Bar was recommended in a website. It's a well known nightclub located on avenida 24 de Julho and Karl Marx street, 5 minutes walk from the city centre.I came there on a thursday night at 10PM, and the queue to get in was enormous. The guests at this place were mainly high class Mocambicanos in nice clothes.Entrance cost about 100 metacais (4...

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  • OUT FOR A BEER?

    Mozambique has several locally produced beers. In my humble opinion, ask for 2M which is the best of 3 brands. I found the others to be poor and swill respectively. 2M is cheaper and more ready available than imports. Take no chances with your beer buzz. 2M. You can even make hand symbols for the bartender when you are too drunk to speak.

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Maputo Transportation

  • TAKE THE TRAIN

    WHY NOT LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN?There are 2 ways to get to/from Maputo by train from South Africa/Johannesburg. The Shongololo Express originates in South Africa and Mozambique has the rail company CFMCFM website. So if you do not want to drive you can avoid all the dangers of the roads in Moz. The Mozambique side is slower, so you can change...

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  • Maputo Intl. airport (MPM)

    Maputo Intl. airport (MPM) is the main airport in Mozambique. It's an old airport with a small terminal. But the runway is long enough to handle big aircrafts. I came with an Airbus 340 operated by TAP. The airport is located 3 km northwest of the city boundary. Arriving at Maputo airport*********************The airport has no gates, so all...

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  • Rickshaws have reached Maputo via...

    The public transport of Maputo is in its infancy. There are hardly any taxis and considering a newcomer to the city this limits pretty much the mobility he might hope for since chances are he would not know the routes of the minibuses that ply the town. Here is the place to mention that the prices for the motorized rickshaws and taxi cabs are way...

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Maputo Shopping

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  • GET YOUR SOUVENIRS HERE!

    Looking for Souvenirs and “crafts”? You will find it at the back of the Municipal Market. For some reason they try to hide this fairly large section of souvenirs and art objects. Paintings, wooden handicrafts and all sorts of items from real handmade artefacts to absolute kitsch. The odd bit of North American Indian Dreamcatchers are side by side...

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  • Handmade masks

    Handmade masks can be bought everywhere on the streets in Maputo. And of course at Bazar Artesanato, the Saturday Market. I bought three small handmade masks and paid 100 Metacais for each (see first photo). The masks are handcrafted from wood. I think this is a special gift to give to friends back home.

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  • Sunglases, wallets, watches, etc.

    There are a lot street sellers in the Baixa area of Maputo who try to sell sunglases, wallets, watches, laserpens and toys. Most of the things are copies. Remember to bargain, and the price will be very cheap.

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Maputo Local Customs

  • THE MYSTERY OF THE BRITISH HIGH...

    Ever wonder why some countries have Embassies and some have High Commissions? A High Commission (with the attendant High Commissioner) means that the country is a member of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth was the Former British Commonwealth that was formed by nations that were former British Colonies and Possessions before individual dates of...

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  • RIFLES INTO PLOWSHARES

    Maputo has several art displays and at least one ‘Gallery’. They all seem to have a common theme – weapons. The art reflects the destruction and havoc the protracted civil war caused on the psyche of the country. If you look closely you will see the sculptures are made up of machine guns, pistols and land mines. Sometimes they are abstract....

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  • THE FLAG

    The current Mozambique flag was officially adopted on May 1, 1983. It consists of three equal horizontal bands of green (top), black, and yellow with a red isosceles triangle on what is called the ‘hoist’ side. The Green colour stands for agriculture, Red sybolises the struggle for independence, White denotes peace and Yellow denotes mineral...

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Maputo Warnings and Dangers

  • The Police

    I have red some tips about the corrupt police who steel from foreigners in the street, and also comments which disagree on this statement. I can confirm that the police are targeting tourists. The police here is maybe the most corrupt police in the Southern part of Africa. But don't let this prevent you from traveling to Mozambique or lock yourself...

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  • MALARIA KILLS

    Some countries in Africa are in the Malarial Zone. If you visit such an area - PLEASE PREPARE! Malaria can sometimes be fatal and at best may make you regret that you survived. Medicines must be taken weeks BEFORE you come here. There are 4 different species of Malaria and humans can get them all from the bite of an infected female Anopheles...

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  • Don't take photo of the Police

    Don't take photo of the police! I had the unpleasant experience to take a photo and the police were standing in the background. It happened in Catembe, on the other side of the Maputo bay. You can see the photo of the dusty street with the police standing 25 meters away (marked with red arrow). I turned around and took a photo, but I didn't see the...

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Maputo Tourist Traps

  • Minibus to Swaziland

    In case you go by minibus from Maputo to Swaziland the drivers want Rand or Emalangeni (Swazi curency, same value as Rand) not Meticals, if you don't have Rands you will get a very bad exchange rate. There are also no moneychangers at the border. Change all your remaining Meticals to Rand, the fare is 80 Rand (March 2013) and it takes about 3...

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  • Customs

    Had a similar incident with Customers. After arriving at Mozambique and being in Maputo for a few days a guy came up to me and said remember me I am the Customer Officer that let you through - can you give me money for petrol. I said I did not remember him and walked off.

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  • Watch Out for Ivory

    So far, the market in Maputo is the only place I have seen during my various travels where ivory carvings are brazenly openly for sale to the general public.Legally importing ivory to the USA is virtually impossible: I understand it *might* be possible with a lot of paperwork and some particular very detailed reasons as to why it is being imported....

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Maputo What to Pack

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    Always a good idea when travelling anywhere is to have a couple of copies of your Passport. In Mozambique this will be extra important. Other than at the border, NEVER show or handover your passport. Always have a copy on you 24hrs a day. The Police like to 'fine' people who do not have ID. They also like to seize Passports until 'fines' are paid. You can say you lost your Passport and are going to the Embassy to get a new one or that the Hotel insisted on keeping it. Never go out of your hotel without a copy!!

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Maputo Off The Beaten Path

  • T3 in Maputo

    The real African life starts where the concrete buildings ends. Densely populated areas without asphalt paving are just outside the city centre.T3 is a suburban area in Maputo where burning barrels outside cafes replace lights in the nights. T3 is a poor area, and people live in very basic houses or shacks with sheet metal. The place looked...

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  • Driving outside Maputo, part 2

    The local people lives in harmony with the nature. You can see shepherd boys walking along the road with their goats and small bamboo huts in the bush landscape. It's very picturesque.

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  • Driving outside Maputo, part 1

    Driving outside the centre of Maputo is interesting. It's a complete different world, a real off the beaten path.

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Maputo Sports & Outdoors

  • Football (soccer) in Maputo

    Mozambique has an active football environment, like many other African countries. Football is played in the parks and footballfields.The big football arena in the Baixa is only for the organized football team. But there are other parks where you can play.

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  • Beach football (beach soccer)

    A lot of young people play football (soccer) on the beach in Maputo. The players are mostly unorganized, since membership in organized football cost money. But they are skilful and the level is quite high.

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  • Club Naval

    Here the expatriate community meets to laze in the sun or make use of the pool. It is a great place to meet some of the local residents. Also possible here is to charter a boat to travel to the islands in the Bay of Maputo. The club charges an entrance fee that was around 5 USD when I visited last.

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  • Street sellers & shoe shine workers

    There are streets sellers and shoe shine workers everywhere in Maputo. They find their own space on the pavements and streets since most of them cannot afford to rent a shop space. I think the Mozambicanos were honest and polite.

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  • Using mobile phone in Maputo

    The mobile phone works good in Maputo (October 2008). The connection is also good in the main roads around the city.The roaming price for a foreign SIM card is expensive, but it's cheap to use a local SIM card inside the country. I bought a Mozambique SIM card with prepaid credit from a street seller. You can buy it from one of the many shops and...

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  • The weather in Maputo

    .Maputo has a warm and pleasant climate, and the heat is not so intense as other African countries closer to the equator. It was only one night with one hour rain when I was there in October 2008.The average temperature in 2008 for Maputo:.....Jan --> High: 31°C | Low: 23°C | Days with rain/drizzle: 13Feb --> High: 32°C | Low: 23°C | Days...

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LOUIS TREGARDT MEMORIAL GARDEN
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CATHEDRAL OF NOSSA SENHORA DA CONCEICAO
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Don't miss the wonderful railway station!
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Mercado Municipal - a proper working market
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MHN (I) - The Natural History Museum
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MHN (III) - The hippopotamus' skeleton
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MHN (II) - at the entrance of the Museum
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MHN (IV) - 200 embalmed mammals
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MHN (V) - depicted on their natural habitats
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MHN (VI) - The attack of the Lion !!
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MHN (VII) - Fighting for survival
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MHN (VIII) - The Elephant's 14 foetuses collection
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MHN (IX) - Baby Elephants do born with 100 kilos
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MHN (X) - The reptiles collection
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MHN (XI) - The Python Sebae
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MHN (XII) - The Fish Gallery
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MHN (XIII) - A Sawfish on display
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MHN (XIV) - The Coelacanth - the Living Fossil
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MHN (XV) - embalmed antelopes heads
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MHN (XIX) - 176,527 Insects.
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MHN (XXI) - The Ecologic Pyramid
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MHN (XXII) - the various Mozambican ethnic groups
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MHN (XXIII) - from Cabo Delgado: The Makonde
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MHN (XXIV) - The Ethnographic Gallery
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MHN (XXVI) - Mr Alberto - our guide
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Café Camissa - a place where Artists meet
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THE WAR MEMORIAL
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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
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NOTHING SPECIAL
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THE BIG MARKET
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Bienvenue! C'est l'art!
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Mira Mar beach in the weekdays
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Costa do Sol beach, Maputo
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Mugging or Witchcraft
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Echos of the past
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AND NOW A FEW WORDS !
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Batik Paintings
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Streets of Maputo
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Mercado Municipal
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The "Cinema" in Baixa
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Map of Maputo

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