Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens
Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens © James and Alex BonTempo
The Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens, located in downtown Maputo, offer a welcome shady retreat on steamy tropical days, and cannot help but hark back to the Mozambican capital's more grandiose colonial past. The gardens were designed in 1885 by Thomas Honney, who in his career also designed gardens for the King of Greece and the Sultan of Turkey, and are exquisitely laid out, if at times a little overgrown. These days, although still beautiful, the gardens are not as well-maintained as one might like, but they are still a worthwhile stop on a walking tour of the city, and a great place to enjoy a picnic or a stroll.
The Jardim Tunduru Gardens also feature tennis courts, a greenhouse, several wonderful old trees, some colourful tropical flora, and a statue of Mozambique's first president, Samora Machel, at the entrance. The gardens are centrally located and 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. Homeless people sometimes sleep in the grounds at night and they are best avoided after dark.