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How to Spend 1 Day in Maputo

How to Spend 1 Day in Maputo

One of the most charming capital cities in southern Africa, Maputo appeals with its elegant architecture, wide European-style avenues, and breezy café culture. From admiring the historic buildings to soaking up the vibrant nightlife, here’s how to make the most of one day in the Mozambican capital.

Morning: See the Sights

Kick off your day in Maputo with a guided tour of its main attractions. Sightseeing tours by van typically include visits to the landmark train station, Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception (Nossa Senhora da Conceição), fortress, central market, and Museum of Natural History. As you explore the city, your guide will explain the cultural, political, and social changes that Maputo has undergone over time and offer insights into local culture. Tours of various lengths are available, and some also include lunch at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants. 

Afternoon: Dive Into Local Culture

Travelers interested in Mozambican arts and culture will find plenty to fill their afternoon in Maputo. At the Chissano Gallery Museum (Museu Galeria Chissano), works of renowned sculptor Alberto Chissano, as well as his remains, are on display in his family’s residence in the Matola suburb. In downtown Maputo, the National Art Museum (Museu Nacional de Arte) also houses works by Chissano, as well as an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by more of Mozambique’s best contemporary artists. Another top downtown cultural attraction is the French-Mozambican Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano), which hosts art exhibitions, music and dance performances, films, and theatrical productions and has a craft shop and café on-site.

Night: Enjoy the Nightlife

Maputo is a vibrant city that really comes to life after dark, when locals unwind in restaurants and nightclubs. Africa Bar, on Avenida 24 de Julho and Karl Marx street, is a popular night spot known for live jazz, while Coconuts Live, east of downtown, is famous for its enormous dancefloor. If you’re not sure where to go or prefer to be in the company of a local, you can book an evening tour that includes dinner at a seafood restaurant, visits to bars, and entrance to a nightclub—these tours conveniently include hotel pickup and drop-off.

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Glimpse of Maputo with a taste - 5 hours city tour

Glimpse of Maputo with a taste - 5 hours city tour

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Discover the secrets of the historic and cosmopolitan city of Maputo on this guided tour. Learn about the culture and history of the city as your guide takes you to its top sights, including the Railway Station and the Central Market. Then, get a real taste of local life with an included lunch in a local seafood restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.08
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$123.08
Price varies by group size
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Maputo City Tour and Gastronomy

Maputo City Tour and Gastronomy

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Make the most of your time in Maputo on this guided tour that takes you to see its most important sites and also introduces you to its rich gastronomy. Learn about the history of the city as you visit places including the Central Market and Museum of Natural History, then taste some local dishes.
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  • 3 hours
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$230.76
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$230.76

Glimpse of Maputo - 3 hour city tour

Glimpse of Maputo - 3 hour city tour

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Uncover the secrets of the cosmopolitan city of Maputo on this guided tour. As you travel through the city, your guide introduces you to Maputo's complex history, filled with social and political upheavals, and takes you to visit its most important sites, including the Central Market and Museum of Natural History.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.80
Price varies by group size
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$71.80
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

3-Hour Small Group Maputo City Tour

3-Hour Small Group Maputo City Tour

Get a comprehensive tour of Maputo on this half-day excursion with a small group. With a guide in the lead, you'll benefit from in-depth commentary and guidance around all of the capital city's top attractions. Highlights include the Fortress, the Museum of Natural History, and the Central Market. Traveling with a small group ensures personalized attention and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
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  • 3 hours
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$173.07
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Maputo City Hotel to Maputo International Airport

Maputo City Hotel to Maputo International Airport

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Airport transfers in comfortable, safe and acclimatized vehicles. We pick up in any Hotel within Maputo city (Matola not included) at any time of the day or night. Travel time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.
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  • 15 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Maputo Airport transfer to Maputo City Hotel

Maputo Airport transfer to Maputo City Hotel

Airport transfers in comfortable, safe and acclimatized vehicles. We pick up in Maputo Airport and any Hotel within Maputo city (Matola not included) at any time of the day or night. Travel time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.
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  • 15 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.34
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$53.34
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Maputo by Night

Maputo by Night

Evening tour Panoramic drive of Maputo Dinner at a seafood restaurant Entrance to a trendy night club
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  • 7 hours
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$179.49
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