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Maputo Port of Call

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The capital of Mozambique may look run-down, but the city is full of hidden corners with interesting and unexpected sights and experiences. Residents are friendly and welcoming, and the streets are safe to walk in, even at night. Visitors fall in love with the relaxed pace of life in Maputo, with lively markets and street vendors showcasing the emergence of African culture after so many years of Portuguese rule.

Most visitors to Maputo come via cruises and spend their time lazing on the beaches of Inhaca and Portuguese Island, but the city itself is worth exploring, from the spicy piri-piri prawns to the busy markets and pumping nightclubs.


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Transport

While there isn't much reliable public transport in Mozambique, Maputo is small enough that visitors can get around quite easily on foot. The streets are laid out in a grid, but road signs are few and far between so a map is a good investment. There are metered taxis available, but they need to be called for.

Attractions

Maputo has a number of sights to see, including dilapidated but still grand buildings left over from colonial days, the colourful stalls at the Central Market near the waterfront, and the vast seafood market with its freshly-caught squid and barracuda waiting to be fried up on the spot. You can also enjoy a stroll along the promenade, or take advantage of the best nightlife and live music in Mozambique. There aren't great urban beaches in Maputo, but the sandy beachfront of Catembe is only a ferry ride away.

Restaurants

Mundo's - Sports bar serving pizza, pasta and Portuguese food

Costa do Sol - Seafood restaurant a short taxi ride from town

Ze Verde - cosy Portuguese restaurant with live music

Best Dish

Fresh seafood

Shopping

You won't find shopping malls in Maputo, but the city has a few bustling markets with great opportunities to buy souvenirs like jewellery made of shells, seeds and beads; wooden masks and carvings; and brightly-coloured Batik fabric.

Best Buy

Brightly-coloured wax-dyed fabric, hand-carved wooden items, bead jewellery

Excursions

Drive through a game reserve in Swaziland

Go snorkelling on Portuguese and Inhaca Islands

Take a ferry to Catembe

Visit the Maputo Elephant Reserve

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