Free Things to Do in Maputo

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  • bluebay06
    La Spezia, Italy1,619 contributions
    The Maputo Central Train Station, or CFM (Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique) as written under the clock on the 51 m high central dome of the station, is quite possibly the most beautiful monument in Maputo and a fine example of colonial era architecture in Africa. The platforms are also decorated and well maintained. On the platform, which is on the left as you enter, there was a long line of large photos of stations with some resemblance built in the rest of the world. Definitely worth a visit and gives the opportunity to take interesting photos.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Jurgen B
    Brussels, Belgium2,712 contributions
    Interesting collection but the salesmen or so desperate thus pushy that we didn't find a single moment to enjoy it, watch it, let alone buy something. Restaurant Graciana here is a good place for lunch
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Lindy
    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa17 contributions
    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
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  • bluebay06
    La Spezia, Italy1,619 contributions
    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
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  • Jurgen B
    Brussels, Belgium2,712 contributions
    We have seen better markets, but that goes for almost everything in Maputo, so defenitely worth a look. Food and non-food here, lots of wigs.
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Jurgen B
    Brussels, Belgium2,712 contributions
    We liked this austere church, and especially the stairs. It's very central in The Baixa quarter and close to other things you might want to look at.
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Jurgen B
    Brussels, Belgium2,712 contributions
    We found the cultural center next door a nicer building. This one is of course special and you'll see it on your walking tour
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • C R
    286 contributions
    Start your bargain with a tenth or third of the price and work your way up to a compromise. For example, the T-shirts started at MZN 8000 but whittled it down to 4K. They also use the line that you take pity by paying the exorbitant price. Not for the soft-hearted/gullible tourist or else get ripped off.
    Written 11 August 2018
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,415 contributions
    Once the center of Portugese colonial power in Southern Africa, this huge square has lost significance as the modern center shifted more towards the southeast and north parts of the city.

    As with most streetnames in Maputo the name of the square was changed after independence in 1975. Formerly it was called Mouzinho de Albuquerque square. The statue of the former governor was replaced by one of Samora Machel (first president of independent Mozambique). If you are interested Mouzinho de Albuquerque on his horse can still be 'admired' in the Fortaleza (fort) museum. It is much smaller than the giant statue of Machel made in North Korea.

    If you visit, take an umbrella with you for protection against the sun, as there is no shade at the square.
    Written 26 February 2022
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  • ZeeT007
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania91 contributions
    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
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,415 contributions
    It is estimated that about 19% of Mozambique's population is Muslim. In Maputo there has been a sizeable Islamic community for more than a century. The Jumma Mosque is the oldest place of worship in the city. It dates from the 1890s.

    I found the people in the mosque welcoming and friendly. There was a relaxed atmosphere, In contrast to the surroundings, the place is kept very clean and tidy.
    Written 21 February 2022
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  • NunoRosario
    Maputo, Mozambique128 contributions
    Monument to The Great Trek. It is hidden in Maputo but very well kept as it is recognized as a valuable piece of the history of the city.

    There isn't much to see but it is always nice to find a piece of history that is kept so that we don't forget.
    Written 20 December 2016
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  • Haelen
    Voorburg, The Netherlands407 contributions
    Although many local people swim at the beach in Costa do Sol, the water is generally considered too polluted to swim. It is however a nice place for a stroll, to see the local crowd and to eat grilled chicken or fish. At low tide the beach gets very wide and it is nice to walk far out. Make sure know when the tide is coming back so you are not caught in the water.
    Written 4 October 2019
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  • Francesca D
    Maputo, Mozambique14 contributions
    I lived for two years near to the cemetery and could watching it from the top.
    The cemetery is in a very bad state, and now is the house of homeless people, plus it used for hiding by little criminals that steel bags and cell phones. I would say that if one wants to go there it would be better to go with someone who knows the place. The islamic cemetery at the side is in a much better shape than this.
    Written 26 July 2016
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  • Menno N
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands53 contributions
    Hendy gave us a wonderful tour of the city. He is very knowledgeable about the history of Maputo, Mozambique and actually the whole of southern Africa. We definitely learned a lot.

    His English is fluent and storytelling clear, which helped us to really understand the stories, and ask questions which he was always happy to answer.

    It's great that Hendy not only tells his own stories, but is also interested in the cultures and personal stories of the guests. We really enjoyed the conversations on both our cultures and histories.

    I definitely recommend booking this tour when visiting Maputo!
    Written 21 November 2022
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