Maputo

Maputo is the charming capital of Mozambique, formerly known under the Portuguese navigators name Lourenco Marques. The attractive colonial city is famous for the Mediterranean – style architecture, the Jacaranda and Flame Tree avenues and the overall Latino – African ambiance. Over recent years Maputo also became renowned for its artist and musical scene. The capital offers a colourful cultural scene and a very good nightlife, with an excellent variety of restaurants, nightclubs, live music and exhibitions.

 

Where to Stay

Hotel Cardoso

The Hotel Cardoso is one of the best hotels in Maputo, ideally located in the heart of the city, overlooking the exit of Maputo river mouth, as well as the Indian Ocean from the top of a high dune. The Hotel Cardoso is an ideal base from which to conduct business, host a conference, explore Mozambique’s colourful capital or just relax and enjoy Maputo hospitality at its finest.

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Polana Serena Hotel

Built in 1922, the Polana Serena Hotel has long been considered one of Africa’s finest hotels. Located along one of Maputo’s most exclusive residential districts, the Polana Serena Hotel commands breathtaking views over the river mouth, and bay of Maputo. Offering 142 rooms, many of which are spacious suits, the Polana Serena also offers a choice of 3 restaurants, a bar, a health club and spa, and a stunning swimming pool.

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Mandala Guesthouse

Mandala is located in a central and quiet neighborhood of Maputo. Mandala Guest House offers affordable accommodation. All rooms are equipped with either double or twin beds, and fitted with air conditioning, hot water bathrooms (some shared, some private), and wireless internet access. The guest house sports a relaxing lounge area, ready for you to use and kick back after a tiring day travelling.

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Things to Do

For the Colourful Mixtures

During the day, Maputo hosts interesting museums, lots of Mozambican culture and plenty of sea-food restaurants with beautiful settings along the waterside front called “marginal”. There are many interesting buildings to visit, such as the Central Train Station. The Train Station sometimes hosts fantastic parties at night. There are also attractions close to Maputo that are well worth making a day trip or an overnight trip out of, such as the Maputo Elephant Reserve or Inhaca Island. Other attractions that should not be missed are the National Art Museum, the Jardim Tunduru (a small botanical garden), the Museum of the Revolution and the Mercado Central (Central Market).

 

Did you Know?

Maputo is the largest city in Mozambique, with a population of approximately 1,750,000 people. It is known also known as the City of Acacias in reference to acacia trees commonly found along its avenues and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.