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Cruises to Maputo

Maputo (Photo:Wandel Guides/Shutterstock)

About Maputo

Maputo is a frequent stop on cruises to and from Cape Town and a call upon this fast-developing, formerly Portuguese-ruled, city delivers cruise ship visitors right into the bustling urban heart of Mozambique, where a fascinating, lesser-seen glimpse of southern Africa awaits. As the ship pulls into the Indian Ocean port, look out for the frenzy of cranes and new high-rises cropping up along the waterfront, evidence of the economic revival of this once war-torn nation. Its 16-year-long Civil War ended in '92. The region is now flush with foreign investment, thanks to a rush on the nation's untapped natural resources. Lush vegetation, cafe culture, buzzing street traffic, crumbling Portuguese colonial architecture, bustling marketplaces, historic sites and interesting little museums make the juxtaposition that is Maputo well worthy of a day of urban exploration.

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Why go to Maputo?

Pros:

Maputo is the gateway to ultra-urban Mozambique, where there's lots to see and experience

Cons:

The city's urban sprawl can be a bit overwhelming, so you might consider a guided tour

Bottom Line:

From markets to museums, there is a lot to get through in this bustling port city

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The metical is the currency of Mozambique; visit www.xe.com for current currency conversion rates. Many shop vendors, especially at arts and crafts markets, will accept U.S. dollars, euros and South African rand. There are 24-hour ATMs across town, with a preference for Visa-branded cards.

Language?

Mozambique is a multilingual country, with many residents speaking the official language, Portuguese (a holdover from colonial days), while others converse in a wide mix of African languages (like Emakhuwa). English is widely used, too, especially in international business places and tourist areas.


Maputo Cruise Reviews
Maputo was a wonderful experience. It was an eye-opener to see how the city of Maputo has developed over the years. The tour guide Abdul was simply outstanding - hilariously funny and very well informative. The tour... Read More
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baponi
We walked around the area near the ship. Lots of garbage on the streets. They have potential to be a good destination they just need to take pride in there city. The fort and garden were nice.... Read More
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ChristianAdventurers
Pomene was replaced by Maputo. I have been there twice before. Too many people trying to sell us stuff. Enjoyed walking around the fort.... Read More
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ship rat
Upon arrival at about 12:00 we took a walk to the Train station and Market in Maputo but to experience the Maputo people we went to a nearby pub for 2M beers - what a lovely experience although a lot is similar to... Read More
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