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  • Lindy
    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa17 contributions
    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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lindy
    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa17 contributions
    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
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  • bluebay06
    La Spezia, Italy1,619 contributions
    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
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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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  • 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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  • Lindy
    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa17 contributions
    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
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  • Lindy
    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa17 contributions
    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
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  • Judy B
    Johannesburg, South Africa43 contributions
    Really enjoyed this small exhibition of local artists. Wood carvings and paintings. The 20 metical entrance fee was cheap.
    Written 27 August 2018
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  • Haelen
    Voorburg, The Netherlands407 contributions
    There is no reason to go to Maputo to see this museum, but if you are in the area it is worth to spend 45 minutes in this Museum. Besides the old coins and banknotes from Mozambique and the world, it is interesting to see one of the oldest buildings from Maputo from the inside.
    Written 23 November 2021
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,416 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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