"Maputo" Top 5 Page for this destination Maputo by PierreZA

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A rising star?

Walking around Maputo you can imagine that this could be a great city. There are wonderful old buildings, reasonable infrastructure and fantastic food.

Mozambique is a big country, the capital might not be a tourist hub, but a good introduction to the country.
If this city sees more investment, it can become a great city.

You can not get away from the poverty, people eating from rubbish bins, etc, which is the ugly face of the city.

Maputo is a very short trip by plane from Johannesburg and flights are quite regular.



1. Stay in the Polana Hotel
2. Seafood, seafood, seafood
3. Visit sights like the Train Station, Central Market and churches
4. Local beer, like 2M

A few facts

Getting there: 3 flights a day with SAA from Johannesburg (50 minutes)
Money: Metical (MTN) [ 1 MTN = 0.38 USD] [ 1 ZAR = 3 MTN]
Departure Tax to be paid at airport = 20 USD (It seems that departure taxes are now included with your airfare/ticket - August2008 I heard that this has changed in 2009.
Take Malaria prophylaxis
South African Passport holders do not need a visa
Language: Portugese widely spoken in Maputo, some English

Pros and Cons
  • Cons:Irritating craft sellers all over town
  • Last visit to Maputo: May 2007
  • Intro Updated Nov 1, 2009
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:13 AM

    Your tips bring back great memories of my own visit to Maputo in 2001. My daughter was working in Maputo at the time, and we went to visit her. (Also took a side trip to Swaziland.)

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    I was looking for info on the Iron House and came across your page. Interesting tips, thanks for sharing! greetings from Bulgaria

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Hi Pierre, thanks for your comments on my Prague page. I enjoyed your Maputo page, some great tips! Nat

  • ValbyDK's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Hi Pierre. Great page about a place I don't know much about. Looks interesting.

  • dejavu2gb's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Cool tips thanks... wou hierdie jaar gaan maar kon nie cheap flugte kry nie... Snaaks dis 3 x duurder om mosambiek te vlieg vir 50 mins as die 2 + ure na kaapstad...unfair..:( sal volgende jaar probeer gaan.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2007 at 10:26 PM

    Ek het uitgemis op die fort, maar defnitief nie op die prawns nie. Lekker blad hierdie ene van jou;-)

  • MarioPortugal's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2007 at 6:52 AM

    Interesting to see more new VT pages are coming on Maputo. Thank you.


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