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 in terms of form or function. Totally unsuitable for the heat, this elaborate hot box was never used for it’s original purpose. Like many Eiffel constructions this structure was manufactured in France and then shipped to it’s final destination. This probably explains why no one thought beforehand that it would be too hot to live in. Today it is used by the Mozambican Central Office of Historic Monuments with the help of modern air conditioning. It is located to the left of the entrance of the Botanical Gardens.
In August-2006 a couple of friends and I went to Ponta do Ouro, the southernmost tip of Mozambique.
My suggestion for anyone riding this road is to drive on a 4WD car. Otherwise one might not be able to complete the 90km (=approx. 56 miles) road that links Maputo to Ponta do Ouro.
If I'm not mistaken, the first third of the road (departing from Maputo) is paved but with plenty of holes along the way. Then, one will find a non-paved road and later (before one reachs Ponta do Ouro), when one think it can not get any worse, it does !!!
It rained very hard in the afternoon of the day we were suppose to return to Maputo. So, my friends & I decided to postpone our departure (to Maputo) for the following day.
We were afraid that due to the road conditions we were risking to spend the whole night inside the car somewhere between Ponta do Ouro and Maputo.
The pictures on this Tip show how the road's condition was (in August-2006) after a heavy rain in Ponta do Ouro.
It's good to ride on a 4WD and have a little fun on overcoming the various obstacles :)
The jeep was positioned on this way for the photo only. Please note there's No obstacles like this one, pictured here, on the road from Maputo to Ponta do Ouro.
Jeep Ride in the Beach in Southern Mozambique.
November 11, 2006:
Here I am doing a short Jeep Ride on the Ponta Mamoli beach with my good friend Marco Maia.
If I'm not mistaken about one third of the road (from Maputo do Ponta do Ouro) is very sandy.