Shore Excursion Details

Discover Maputo

Maputo, Mozambique

Discover Maputo

DETAILS

  • 5
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Meal

See Maputo, Mozambique's capital and most populated city, from every possible angle, even venturing into the beautiful countryside along the coast.


Your excursion begins at the pier and you will soon pass by the ornate Central Train Station, an architectural standout designed in 1910 by Gustave Eiffel, famous for his namesake tower in Paris. In many ways, the train station is a symbol of Maputo rebirth, following the heavy damage it received during Mozambique's long civil war. When a peace treaty was signed in 1992, the true recovery began.


This tour presents a true, multi-faceted look at Maputo. A stop at a local market reveals how the locals barter for goods. Independence Square is a poplar gathering spot and highlights the city's newfound reverence for historic architecture. Some of the sights you can see here are a statue of Mozambique's first president, the neo-classical City Hall, a Roman Catholic cathedral and the French-Mozambican cultural center. One of the more unique sights is an unusual - if not impractical given Africa's warm climate, all-iron house, another creation by Eiffel.


Following a buffet style lunch at a local hotel, you will further explore Maputo. Your guide will point out to you important landmarks and you will be able to see first-hand more signs of recovery, on your way to the Museum of Natural History, a treasure-trove of unusual exhibits, including the world's only collection of elephant fetuses.


On your way back to the port, you’ll stop for a short visit to Tunduru Gardens – located off Avenue Samora Machel, where you can admire the fine cycad collection and other indigenous and exotic plants.


Need to Know:

NOTES: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking over mostly even surfaces, although there are some steps to negotiate at the central market and crowded conditions there as well. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or those in wheelchairs. Lightweight clothing; a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested.


Of special note - The coaches are maintained, although basic, and the quality can vary considerably. There is no formal guiding qualification required for Mozambique, and in order to support the local community we use local escorts/guides. Many of these escorts/guides do have previous experience in guiding for visiting cruise ships. Furthermore, although the majority of the roads are paved, you may encounter some with potholes or a few bumpy dirt roads.


Warning: Some of the monuments and attractions you will view may fall under "military or state defense objects". You are not allowed to take pictures and may run into serious problems ignoring these rules. Please therefore ask your tour guides advise first before taking any pictures.


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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks
Wildlife Tours

Activity Level:

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    Challenging
Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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