Top Attractions in Maputo
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- The whole trip was incredible! The boat ride over was smooth and comfortable, our stay at Kanimambo Lodge was five star! Our hike with Angelo through the mangroves to the Lighthouse was fun. Our snorkelling at Santa Maria was breathtaking with all the fish, a turtle and such pristine and clear waters. The Biologica was a little run down but the curator, Mr Queri Hobjuane , was extremely friendly and well versed in all island information. The island is a must-visit if you are in, or even near, Mozambique...Written 30 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- An incredible arrange of crafts by super talented folk. Be prepared to be hassled but its all in good spirit. Negotiate and save 40%.Written 5 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Designed in French Beaux-Arts style and completed in 1916, Maputo's central railway station is testament to a time when the railways were at their highpoint early 1900s. Train stations in those days almost had the same prestigious status as a cathedral. Those times are clearly over. The final blow for the Mozambican railways came after independence in 1975, when an exodus of qualified personnel took place and the railway system almost collapsed.
Though the station is still operational (three lines for transport of passengers remain) it is not longer a mass transportation hub. People in Mozambique prefer to take buses. The main bus station Junta is way out of town. A pity the responsible authorities were not even capable to make optimal use of the station's central location.Written 25 February 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The stained windows and unusual architecture were quite simply, stunning. Even though they were busy with some maintenance, it still couldn't detract from the experience. This stop has to be added to your visit to Maputo!Written 30 September 2022
- It was an interesting building but closed so we could only look around on the outside and through the windows.Written 30 September 2022
- 1901 is proudly written above the main gate at the entrance of the Mercado Municipal. It shows the Portugese rulers at the time were serious about turning Lourenco Marques into an urban center of significance. The architecture is robust. Solid materials were used for the construction.
Nowadays it is one of the many local bazars in Maputo. Fresh fruit and vegetables are the main produce on offer, but fish, herbs and spices, household goods, wigs and other items are also for sale.
Very good to get an idea of local life.Written 25 February 2022
- The exhibits were interesting but some rooms or walkways were not accessible due to maintenance needing to be done. We found the outdoor dinosaurs fun and some of the indoor exhibits very interesting though. Worth the visit, just wish it was in better shape.Written 30 September 2022
- Left Maputo crossing the Maputo-Katembe bridge, we continued south towards Ponta do Ouro. About 80 km south of Maputo it is clearly indicated that the road enters the Maputo Special Reserve and about 500m later there is a small unpaved road on the left leading to the Futi Gate. Here, after paying the entrance, you can access the reserve with your car but only if you have a 4WD. The tracks are narrow but not particularly demanding even if in some places the presence of sand justifies the need for 4WD. The cars in the park were very few and we hardly met other tourists. Proceeding in the park you meet different environments ranging from dense forest, grasslands, wetlands and small lakes. In the dense forest we saw small antelopes, such as red forest duiker (Cephalophus natalensis) and suni (Nesotragus moschatus) very difficult to photograph and some elephants. Reaching the vast areas of grasslands, we saw countless impalas, as well as a few dozen of blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and Burchell's zebra (Equus quagga). In the wetlands we met an impressive herd of elephants, many of them young specimens, which slowly approached us to cross the road and disappear into the forest. Proceeding further along the extensive wetlands we encountered small groups and solitary specimens of elephants, waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) e common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus). The fact that some of the animals moved away when we were still some distance away made us suspect that poaching is still a problem in this reserve, in which there are still villages. However, the fauna is rich and, the numerous young specimens, tell us in good health and on the increase and therefore we must certainly praise this work of recovery of the environment and reintroduction of animals. In Lagoa Chingute we found hippos, but we couldn't see crocodiles due to the thick reeds on the shore of this small lake. Finally, we saw several giraffes not far from the gate, while there were numerous birds that we were able to observe during the visit. We spent a pleasant day in the park during which we saw and photographed many animals. What the park is missing is predators with a dramatically failed first attempt to reintroduce the cheetah. However, this can be an interesting visit for those who are in Maputo and want to dedicate a day to nature.Written 22 September 2022
- A beautiful white church in the center of town. It's located right next to one of the hotels. When I visited around 12:00 on a Sunday, the church was closed I will try again on a week day.Written 2 February 2020
- Botanical garden full of large trees that guarantee fair shading. Although there are small birds of various species, what makes this garden unique is the presence of a large colony of bats. This large fruit bat is the straw-coloured fruit bat (Eidolon helvum), a highly social species that feed at night, so during the day these megabats, with wings spanning up to 75 cm, can be see resting hanging upside down in clusters of dozens of specimens and moving among the colony. In the Gardens there is a small pond which requires some maintenance. During our visit the garden was quiet and safe.Written 30 September 2022
- It was interesting to see the old cannons and walk around inside but it would have been better if there were a guided tour on giving some more facts and history. The exhibits inside were also good.Written 30 September 2022
- This museum has so much to see and all the information is set out in Portuguese and English - so we could read about the history and all the exhibits. We all enjoyed it immensely - young and older. A great outing for the whole family!Written 30 September 2022
- There are lots of shops at this mall including a supermarket. In addition, they have restaurants ranging from Turkish to Indian. The Indian restaurant is supposed to be excellent. I ate at the Turkish restaurant and the food was excellent!Written 10 December 2019
- Good experience. A simple way of getting away from Maputo. Good lunch and easy ride (don't go in February or September as the chances of getting bad winds are high. It's the perfect attraction for early Winter in April or May. I hope they do more Sunset Cruises as it is the perfect way of seeing Maputo from the Bay. Haven't had a chance to do one of those.Written 14 March 2017
- One of my highlights ever in Maputo. There plenty of reason fr coming and enjoying: fine art gallery promoting African contemporary art and young local artists as well, wonderful events location with gorgeous garden, jazz live music, bar and restaurant. Can't miss it!Written 12 January 2021
Frequently Asked Questions about Maputo
- The best outdoor activities in Maputo according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Inhaca Island
- Tunduru Botanical Gardens
- Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo)
- Parque dos Continuadores
- Xefina Pequena
- The best day trips from Maputo according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Eswatini (Swaziland) Cultural 1-day Tour
- Kruger Park 1-day Safari from Maputo
- Economic 1-Day Kruger Safari from Maputo
- Private Full Day Historical & Arts Tour in Maputo
- One Day of Adrenaline at Calanga Beach
- The most popular things to do in Maputo with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Inhaca Island
- Maputo Central Train Station
- FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica
- Paroquia Santo Antonio
- Maputo Free Walking Tour