Presentation of the destination
Welcome to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. The name Maputo is derived from the river that bares the same name. Located at the Southern tip of the country, it became famous during the war of Independence due to the logan “Long live Mozambique, united from Rovuma to Maputo” (a river that forms a natural border between Mozambique and Tanzania). With a population of a little over one million people, Maputo is inhabitated by the banto ethnic group. It also has Chinese, Indian, Arab, and Portuguese communities. Roughly25% of the population adhere to the Zione Church (a mix between Christianity and traditional spirituality); 23% adhere to the Catholic Faith; 21% are protestants; and 5% are muslim. Maputo has a dry tropical climate. The hottest period occurs between November and April. The coldest period occurs between May and October. The rainy season occurs between the months of November and March. The local currency is the Metical (MZM). Maputo is on the Central Africa Time Zone (GMT +2).
Points of interests / things to see
The Natural History Museum houses the Manueline architecture, a stately structure that includes a garden with a mural constructed by Malangatana. The museum includes several taxidermy specimens, an ethnography exhibition, and a collection of elephant foetuses. This is an absolutely wonderful museum that should not be missed on your next trip to Maputo. Many of the pieces on display include interactive computer terminals that explain the history of the piece and its interaction with the natural surroundings in which it was discovered. All in all, it gives visitors a more in depth view and lessons about the natural history and world that is to be found in Mozambique. Therefore, visitors leave the museum with a much better understanding of the rich natural world that Mozambique plays host to. Be sure to check out this quaint museum the next time you are in Maputo. You will not be disappointed. The Natural History Museum is located on Praca Travessia do Zambeze, 104. Telephone: +258 21485401. Admission fee is Mtc50. Admission to the museu mis free of charge on Sunday. Opening hours are from 09:00 to 15:30 on Tuesday to Friday and 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
Núcleo de Arte is an artists’ cooperative with an extensive history of producing exhibitions that display the work of new andu p-and-coming local artists. Operating since 1921 and based in a privileged area of the city, Núcleo de Arte is aimed at promoting the development of arts in Mozambique. It is a place where artists have the support and resources to fully develop their artistic skills and potential. The organization hosts national and international exhibitions, artists workshops, debate, and public talks about the production and sale of art. Núcleo de Arte displays permanente exhibitions and rotating individual and collective exhibits. One of the most spectacular aspects about the collective is that patrons and visitors can come in and converse with the artists and watch them produce their artwork. There is a Garden área and café. Be sure to visit this dynamic, non-profit art collective when you are in Maputo. It is truly an art jewel and incubator unique to the marvelous country of Mozambique. Núcleo de Arte is located on 194 Rua da Argélia. Website: http://nucleodarte.blogspot.com.br. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: +258-21-492-524 or +258-21-499-840. Opening hours are from 10:00 to 20:00 daily.
The Municipal Market, also known as the Bazar da Baixa, is a unique, culinary gem of Maputo. Rows of vendors line up and stretch as far as the eye can see in order to sell their produce, multicolored spices, freshly caught fish, shrimp, lobsters, crabs and other seafood, cashew nuts, mangoes, bananas, oranges, red and yellow peppers, and so much more. Other items that can be used around the house such as brooms, baskets, carpets, plastic buckets, and much more can be found at this one stop, open market. It is wise to arrive at the market early before the immense crowds arrive. Therefore, you will get first pick of some of the freshest foods, herbs, and other ingredients that are available. The Municipal Market is well worth a visit. It is the heart and soul of Maputo. Anyone interested in a genuine travel experience while in Maputo will be sure to take in the market before leaving. It is a true stimulus for all five senses and one can easily spend hours in the market searching for all types of known and unknown foods. The Municipal Market is located on Avenida 25 de Setembro. It opens at around 08:00.
The CFM Railway Station has magnificent mint-green exteriors and a breathtaking dome that was originally designed by an associate of Alexandre Gustav Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris). The railway station was originally designed in the early 20th Century. It is one of Maputo’s most impressive architectural structures. It also has beautiful wrought-iron latticework, making it a dazzling visual treat for locals and visitors. It also displays a number of historic steam locomotives. Trains that run in Maputo and throughout Mozambique continue to pass through this historic gem that welcomes travelers from all over. The best time to visit the CFM Railway Station is on the weekends. Ka Mfumo Jazz Café, located within walking distance from the railway station, hosts some of the best live music that Maputo has to offer. The lights come on and the nightlife reigns. Accompanied by jamming jazz musicians, the CFM Railway Station and surrounding area is a genuine treat for all of those who are lucky enough to bear witness to her lovely presence. So be sure to check out the CFM Railway Station the next time you are in Maputo. It is considered to be one of the finest, historic train stations in the world.
Restaurante Costa do Sol quintessential, beachside restaurant that attracts large crowds during the weekends. It specializes in fresh seafood that was caught locally. Prawns, crab, lobster, oysters, and an array of fish are on the menu. The restaurant also has a number of grilled dishes. A vegetarian section on the menu is available for those who have given up on eating meat. There is also a bar that serves a variety of local bears. All in all, Restaurante Costa do Sol has something that will fulfill everybody’s taste buds. This is an absolutely wonderful place to kick back and have a delicious, mouth-watering lunch or dinner beside the comforting roar of the Indian Ocean. It is truly a once in a lifetime, gastronomic experience. So do not deprive your appetite nor beautiful settings. So, do not hesitate or think twice, come check out Restaurante Costa do Sol and enjoy Mozambican culinary in a place that will surely enhance the realm of your comfort zone. Restaurante Costa do Sol is located on Avenida Marginal. Telephone: +258-21-450-038 or +258-21-450-115. Email: email@example.com. Most meals cost between Mtc 350-500. Opening hours are from 12:00 until 23:00 daily.
The Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens, located in downtown Maputo, offers a shady retreat on steamy tropical days. The gardens were designed in 1885 by Thomas Honney. During his career he also designed gardens for the King of Greece and the Sultan of Turkey. It also features tennis courts, a greenhouse, several wonderful old trees, some colorful tropical flora, and a statue of Mozambique's first president, Samora Machel, at the entrance. The gardens are situated close to a number of other attractions in Maputo, and there are several restaurants in and around them. Admission to the gardens is free and they are open daily.
Situated almost 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the coast of Maputo, Inhaca Island is a popular African resort destination boasting beautiful beaches, some of the Mozambique Channel's best coral reefs, a historic lighthouse, marine biology museum, and large areas of protected forest. Game fishing is also popular on Inhaca Island. Watersports such as waterskiing, parasailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and sailing, and sunset cruises are available. The island is surrounded by beautiful beaches. Visitors can also take a boat across to the deserted Portuguese Island. Excursions can be arranged to the biology station, light house beach, the mangrove swamps, and the Santa Maria Wall, which is fantastic for snorkeling. The nearby village has a seafood restaurant, as well as a few small shops selling typical tourist gifts such as sarongs and seashells.
Located roughly 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Maputo along a sandy road, Ponta d'Ouro is a popular destination for divers and surfers. 'Surf's up' in Ponta d'Ouro! It is home to some of the most perfect waves in Africa, and swimming with dolphins is not to be missed. The white beaches stretch far into the distance and the lure strollers from far and beyond. The rock pools are full of colorful shells and corals. Ponta d’Ouro is also a very popular scuba diving destination, offering spectacular dive sites and a wealth of exciting sea creatures to encounter underwater. Accommodation ranges from the rustic to the luxurious. There are also lovely campsites right on the beach.
Xai Xai is just 124 miles (200km) north of Maputo. It offers a superb scuba diving and snorkeling, and some fun dive sites. There is also a natural underwater tunnel located at Wenela Tidal Pool, just 2 kilometers south. The sandy white beaches that play host to calm waters are a fantastic place to swim. Do not miss out on the fresh water lakes nearby for kayaking, paddle skiing and windsurfing. There are some wonderful accommodation options for those who want to extend their stay at Xai Xai. The roads between Maputo and Xai Xai are in good condition and traversable without a 4x4 vehicle.
Vacation rentals in Maputo (Maputo City)
How to get there ?
Traveling to Maputo is a journey that you will never forget. There are many ways to arrive in this wonderful city on the east coast of Africa. Maputo International Airport, located only three kilometers from the center of Maputo, is the main airport servicing the city. It is also known as Mavalane International Airport and Lourenço Marques Airport. The majority of the flights originate somewhere in Africa. However, a few other Airlines offer international flights to the airport. Be sure to check their websites for more details. Address: 3267 Avenida Acordos de Lusaka, 2631 Maputo, Mozambique Telephone: +251-21-466-846 There are a number of international airlines that fly to Mozambique. They include LAM Mozambique Airlines, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Qatar Airways, and TAP. Be sure to check out their websites for schedules and prices. LAM Mozambique Airlines: http://www.lam.co.mz/ Kenya Airways: http://www.kenya-airways.com/ South African Airways: https://www.flysaa.com/br/en/ Ethiopian Airlines: http://www.flyethiopian.com Qatar Airways: www.turkishairlines.com TAP: www.flytap.com Caminhos de Ferro do Moçambique offers train service in Maputo and beyond. Be sure to check out their website for details. Caminhos de Ferro do Moçambique (CFM), www.cfmnet.co.mz The N4 National Highway is the main motorway in Maputo. The N4 not only provides a motorway in Maputo and other parts of Mozambique, it also extends toward South Africa’s border with Botswana. Getting around in Maputo is not much of a problem. There are several bus routes, mini-buses, taxis and trains that navigate through the city.
Maputo city hall
Hotels in Maputo (Maputo City)