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MaputoMozambique

Get swept up in the vibrant atmosphere of Mozambique’s capital as you discover its colonial history, delicious food and colorful markets. 

Visit Maputo, Mozambique’s most populous city, where museums, interesting architecture and excellent restaurants make for a worthwhile stop.

Maputo as it exists now was founded by the Portuguese colonists of the 18th century. It soon became one of Africa’s wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities. In the 20th century, however, a long civil war ravaged the city. The war started in the 1970s and didn’t end until the 1990s. Today, the scars are still visible, but the city has been revived. Appreciate the atmosphere and architecture as you set off to explore.

Wander among the once-glorious colonial buildings, imagining them during their heyday. Don’t miss a visit to Maputo’s 20th-century Praca dos Trabalhadores, the city’s main train station. Spot its architectural highlights, including wrought-iron lattice work and a dome designed by an associate of famed French engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel.

Art plays a big role in Maputo’s culture. Visit the National Art Gallery to see an eclectic collection of pieces by national artists. Also worth visiting is the Chissano Gallery and the Núcleo De Arte. For an insight into Mozambique’s flora and fauna, head to the Natural History Museum.

Delight in the medley of smells, sounds and sights of the Municipal Market. Peruse the stalls selling tropical fruits and heady spices. For something more laid back visit the Fortaleza, an imposing colonial fortress overlooking the ocean.

Food in Maputo is a true highlight. Savor heaped plates of sizzling prawns while enjoying the beach views along Avenida Marginal, or get comfortable in a street-side café to soak up the lively atmosphere.

Maputo International Airport is the main gateway to the country and most visitors will pass through here. Rent a car, hop in a taxi or join a guided tour to get to your hotel and begin exploring. You will find many different public transportation options to travel around the city and across the country.

Where to stay in Maputo

Built in 1912 (with a dome designed by Gustave Eiffel), the CFM #Railway #Station

Central C

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

Central C is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Maputo City Hall and Maputo Botanical Gardens.

Central C

Top Hotels in Maputo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Montebelo Indy Maputo Congress Hotel
Montebelo Indy Maputo Congress Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Macombe Nongue-Nongue, R.1.373, Maputo
The price is $88 per night

This family-friendly Maputo hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Eduardo Mondlane University, Shopping 24 and Museum of Natural History. ...

3.8/5Good! (52 reviews)
Generally good

"The only weakness was the fact that I was not met at the airport."…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Montebelo Indy Maputo Congress Hotel
Montebelo Girassol Maputo Hotel
Montebelo Girassol Maputo Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Patrice Lumumba, 737/739, Maputo
The price is $118 per night

Located in the heart of Maputo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shopping 24 and Maputo Cathedral. Museum of Natural History and Maputo Botanical Gardens ...

4.4/5Excellent! (107 reviews)

"Montebelo Girassol Maputo is a pleasant place to be. Well situated in town where you can get all your needs."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Montebelo Girassol Maputo Hotel
Hotel Avenida
Hotel Avenida
5 out of 5
Av Julius Nyerere, 627, Maputo
The price is $171 per night

Located in Polana Cimento A, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Natural History and Shopping 24. Maputo Cathedral and Maputo City Hall are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (89 reviews)
As expected for a 5-star hotel - not outstanding.

"The hotel is as expected for a 5-star in that region - not outstanding. The restaurant is good, but a bit overpriced when compared to same level restaurants in the neighbourhood. The pool, gyn and rooftop amenities are good, but the pool is much smaller than I have expected. The service was good, ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Hotel Avenida

Top things to do in Maputo

Kruger National Park from Maputo Day Trip
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Kruger National Park from Maputo Day Trip

80% of travellers recommend
$160
Per adult
Maputo Special Reserve Day Trip - Open Vehicle
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Maputo Special Reserve Day Trip - Open Vehicle

$650
Per adult
Day trip to Kruger from Maputo (Open vehicle)
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Day trip to Kruger from Maputo (Open vehicle)

$555
Per adult

Reviews of Maputo

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4 - Good 48.38709677419355%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 6, 2020

Maputo is pleasant and welcoming!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 6, 2020

Maputo is always pleasan

5/5 - Excellent

Oumuwa

Jan 7, 2020

Love the city and would like to return

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Loved the Dhow Maputo restaurant the view was amazing and food and again the people were very nice

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 27, 2019

It was a very bad to get visa at border between Manzini and Maputo. It took for 2 hours to get visa. Immigration of Mozambique system and workers are very stupid. I should have taken a visa at Embassy of Mozambique at Swaziland. I waste time

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 18, 2019

Nice modern city.

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