"The tide of changes" Top 5 Page for this destination Maputo by MikeAtSea

Maputo Travel Guide: 331 reviews and 954 photos

I first traveled to Maputo shortly after the peace accord was signed ending the long civil war that tore the country apart.
What greeted me then was a turmoil stricken country without infrastructure and the rubbish piling up in the streets. The road that I traveled from Komatipoort the South African border post to the 70 km distant Maputo was non existent and took more then three hours to drive, a complete mess – no other words to it.

My next visit was about a year later and within a short time the city had changed its face. The rubbish and all the car wrecks in the streets disappeared and some buildings gained color.

I have been back a few times since and been impressed by the fast speed the city changed its face is impressive. Today Maputo has gained its charm back, with a mixture between Portuguese, African and Asian influences, beautiful architecture along the beach roads and in town, a truly colorful sight.

Regardless that South Africa is only 70 km away it is a different world, with the Portuguese Influence being evident everywhere.

I go to Maputo also to indulge into seafood. The famous LM Prawns are served by the kilograms and one of the best restaurants to eat those is in the Costa do Sol Hotel a ten minute drive outside of town.

To purchase art and handcrafts the town is also becoming popular – the creativity of the locals is quiet enchanting.

Also the government changed its visa procedures. Whereas in the past it was difficult to get a visa today one is able to purchase a visa at the airport or at any border post. The formalities are simple and the costs are around USD 15 – 20 depending on exchange rate. The last time I arrived at Mavelane Airport in Maputo it took about 10 minutes to have the visa issued! *Update* South African citizen no longer require visas to enter Mozambique! All others still do.

If there is one country that has vast potential within the tourism industry it is Mozambique!

  • Last visit to Maputo: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 8, 2009
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  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 3:08 AM

    I have stayed here too, 2007. Had the suite with inter-leading room, got connections in Southern Sun, Lucky....

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2007 at 8:24 PM

    Excellent page of a less travelled destination. Maputo has so much to offer to first timers to Africa. Yikes.. Malaria. Cheers, SL :)

  • 1courage's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    The elephant can walk calm on the street. He is the stronger after all:)

  • Jan 16, 2006 at 3:20 PM

    Hi Mike Thanks for a great page - lots of useful info and interesting ideas - can't wait to visit for the first time!

  • spanishguy's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2005 at 2:24 PM

    Very comphensive website. I have just discovered one more lovely destination. Perfect pictures, as usual

  • lichinga's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2005 at 3:35 PM

    Very nice and complete. well done.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 4:56 PM

    certainlyu had my meomory jogged with your many familiar photos - glad the vibranncy has returned to El-Em ;-)))

  • cleocat's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2004 at 1:24 AM

    Just came back from Maputo. Enjoyed Inhaca. It's beautiful. I read your tip on the holiday Inn before we left and it convinced me to book there. it is great .

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2004 at 12:13 AM

    thnks for the precious tips... we may be going in july... by train from j'burgh

  • Kiriel's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2004 at 3:35 AM

    Hi Mike, thanks for your transport tips; good practical advice.

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