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Formerly named Lourenco Marques after the Portuguese trader, the city became alive in the 18th when it was linked by a railroad to Pretoria in South Africa and in 1907 it became the country’s capital. It is a vibrant and colourful city full of markets and old colonial buildings interjected with modern office blocks, a maze of hidden treasures.

Maputo is a melting pot of different cultures, and visitors can experience this through the city’s art, music, and food. The National Art Museum of Mozambique showcases a range of local art, while the Maputo International Music Festival attracts musicians from around the world. Visitors can also sample traditional Mozambican cuisine, which is known for its use of seafood and spices.

What to do in Maputo

Maputo is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Mozambique. The nearby Inhaca Island and Ponta do Ouro are popular destinations for water sports enthusiasts and beach lovers.

Maputo is also a gateway to some of Mozambique’s best wildlife reserves. The Maputo Special Reserve is home to a range of animals, including elephants, lions, and hippos, while the nearby Kruger National Park in South Africa is just a short drive away.

Other things to do in Maputo


Maputo has a unique architectural style that blends African and European influences. Visitors can take a walking tour of the city’s main landmarks, including the Maputo City Hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and the Polana Serena Hotel, a colonial-era luxury hotel.


Maputo has a thriving nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants to choose from. Visitors can enjoy live music, dancing, and cocktails at venues like the Coconuts Live Jazz Club or the Gil Vicente Café.


Maputo has a variety of markets and shopping centres where visitors can buy local crafts, fabrics, and souvenirs. The Central Market and Feira Popular are two popular spots for shopping. With the advantage of the Mapuro Port, you are assured of buying good quality products at a reasonable price.

Who is Maputo good for?

Maputo is great for anyone looking for a stop-over destination as you make your way to the coast.

Where to stay in Maputo

Machangulo Beach Lodge

It is what can be described as barefoot luxury, set in a stunning secluded location yet only an hours boat ride away from Maputo.

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Maputo FAQs

What is the best time of year to visit Maputo?

The best time to visit Maputo is between May and October when the weather is dry and comfortable. The rainy season is from November to April, which can make travel difficult and limit outdoor activities.

Do I need a visa to visit Maputo?

Most visitors to Mozambique will need a visa. Visitors can apply for a visa in advance at a Mozambican embassy or consulate, or they can obtain one upon arrival at the airport. It’s important to check the visa requirements for your specific country before you travel.

What is the local currency in Maputo?

The local currency in Mozambique is the Mozambican metical (MZN). It’s recommended to exchange money at a bank or exchange bureau rather than on the street. Major credit cards are also accepted at some hotels and restaurants.

What language is spoken in Maputo?

The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, but many people also speak English and other local languages. It’s always helpful to learn a few basic phrases in Portuguese before travelling to Maputo.

Is Maputo safe for tourists?

Maputo is generally considered safe for tourists, but it’s important to take precautions to avoid petty theft and other crimes. It’s recommended to avoid walking alone at night and to keep valuables out of sight.

What are some popular things to do in Maputo?

Some popular activities in Maputo include exploring the city’s historic landmarks, sampling local cuisine, and visiting nearby beaches and wildlife reserves. The National Art Museum and the Maputo Central Railway Station are both popular attractions, and the city has a thriving nightlife scene with bars and clubs to suit all tastes.

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