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How to Spend 3 Days in Maputo

How to Spend 3 Days in Maputo

With its eclectic architecture, wide avenues lined with jacarandas, and laid-back culture, Maputo is one of the most charming capital cities in southern Africa. From admiring its historic buildings to dining on seafood and soaking up the vibrant nightlife, here’s how to make the most of three days in the Mozambican capital.

Day 1: City Sights

Get acquainted with Maputo’s main landmarks on a sightseeing tour by van, bike, or on foot. Tours typically visit highlights such as Maputo Fortress, the central market, and the Museum of Natural History, and some also include lunch. Afterward, immerse yourself in local culture by visiting the Chissano Gallery Museum (Museu Galeria Chissano), housed in the family home of renowned sculptor Alberto Chissano. Alternatively, visit the National Art Museum (Museu Nacional de Arte) to see paintings and sculptures by Mozambique’s best contemporary artists or the French-Mozambican Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano), which hosts art exhibitions, music, dance, theater, and films. Have an early dinner at the cultural center’s café in preparation for an early start tomorrow.

Day 2: Maputo Special Reserve

Swap urbanity for nature on a full-day tour to Maputo Special Reserve, two to three hours southeast of the capital. Recovering from damage it sustained during Mozambique’s late-20th-century civil war, this wilderness area is now home to a growing population of elephants, as well as hippos, giraffes, zebras, and impalas, all of which you can look out for on a game drive. Tours typically include time to relax at Ponta Milibangalala, where you can swim, hang out on the beach, and spot turtles as well as many species of birds. Round off your day with dinner at one of the many restaurants around Avenida Julius Nyerere, where seafood is a specialty.

Day 3: Beach Day

Maputo offers easy access to some wonderful beaches, including Macaneta and Bilene, both of which you can visit on a guided tour from the city. One of the best day trips, however, is to Inhaca Island, which has a diverse landscape that ranges from mangroves and grassy plains to cultivated fields and a lush, subtropical forest. It’s also a great spot for bird-watching, with more than 300 recorded species. Guided tours to the island typically allow you the freedom to spend your time as you wish, whether that’s soaking up the sun on the beach or snorkeling the coral reefs. Back in the city, bid Maputo farewell with a night on the town. Hit the downtown bars and clubs independently, or join an evening tour that includes dinner at a seafood restaurant, visits to bars, and entrance to a nightclub.

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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
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$123.08
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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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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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Inhaca Island Day Tour

Inhaca Island Day Tour

The lush island of Inhaca is home to diverse flora and fauna, including extensive mangroves, and is justly popular with ecotourists. Getting here independently, however, can be a hassle but this tour handles all your transfers and even lunch.
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  • 1 day
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$346.15
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Macaneta Beach - 1 Day

Macaneta Beach - 1 Day

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Approximately 15 km’s from the Capital City lies Macaneta Peninsula. The sandy beaches and dunes covered with magnificent green and lush vegetation, provides a pleasant environment for those you enjoy the sun and the sea. Very close to the city, Macaneta is an ideal location for a Beach break.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.85
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$153.85
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Macaneta Beach Day Tour

Macaneta Beach Day Tour

Macaneta Peninsula is around 15kms from the capital city, Maputo. Today, we will explore the sandy beaches and dunes, complete with very green and lush vegetation. This is the perfect opportunity for a quick getaway from the city!
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  • 1 day
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$243.58
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