Maputo

One of the “Paris of Africa”
A Gustave Eiffel train station
Beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean

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Maputo

The flows of Portuguese colonials

When you disembark at Maputo on an MSC Cruise to Africa, you will find a lively port city where intense flavours of the continent are seasoned with a hint of Portugal. In the architecture and every-day life in Maputo, a strong influence of Portuguese colonization, which only came to an end in 1975, can still be felt.

While strolling through the city, such as the heart of the central and extremely busy Baixa neighbourhood – which has been defined by some as the Paris of Africa for its busy day and night life – you will encounter large Rationalist-style buildings. A short distance from Baixa, there is a marvellous railway station, designed in the beginning of the 20th century by Gustave Eiffel (yes, the one that is also responsible for the famous Paris tower), full of marble and wrought iron, decorated columns and beams.

It is decorated with clocks, enormous ceiling fans, azulejos tilework, carved wooden doors, wrought iron benches, large bells and two antique steam railway engines displayed on the tracks. To get your strength back, stop by the fashionable Kampfumo bistro. Avenida Samora Machel hosts the famous Casa do Ferro, a building constructed entirely of iron plates, designed by the same prolific French engineer for the city’s Portuguese governor.

A visit to one of the public markets during your stroll through the city cannot be avoided. The characteristically busy Mercado Central, with stalls heaving with exotic fruits and vegetables; Or, the incredible fish market, located slightly farther from the city centre in Caminho da Costa do Sol.

Come here mid-morning, when the fishmongers are yelling their offers for all to hear and the market is overflowing with fresh fish: an impressive array of seafood, including large crabs, sea snails and lobsters. Behind the market, there is a locale where the daily catch is cooked. The peri-peri shrimp, with their unique spicy aroma are a must-try. Finally, visit the FEIMA Curio Market, where you will find rarities and interesting artisan products. Lovers of relaxation, on the other hand, will have the chance to go on an off-roading excursion to the beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean.

Must see places in Maputo

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  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • AdultsR649Price per person

    • ChildrenR542Price per person

    MAP01

    Located in the lush bay of Maputo and formerly known as Lourenço Marques, Maputo charm is in its unique blend of old colonial Portuguese influences and chaotic African liveliness. Join us on this sightseeing tour to explorer the capital of Mozambique and covering some of the city highlights. You’ll first stop at the Central Market (locally known as the Mercado) where locals and tourists flock to buy fresh produce; it is a good opportunity to purchase cashew nuts and peri-peri! Next on the list is a stop at FEIMA curio market, the perfect place to bargain for craft products and for capulanas, large length of fabric, often worn by either men or women. Your drive-by tour will also include glimpses of Independence Square with the imposing bronze statue of Samora Machel, the railway station, Mandela’s house, Polana Hotel and Botanical Garden. Enjoy visits to St. Sebastian Fort, now a military museum containing many relics of Mozambique’s colonial past, and to the Museum of Natural History. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair; guests shall not take any picture of locals, policemen and state buildings without permission.
  • DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR

    CITY TOUR
      • Duration
        1:30 h

      • AdultsR389Price per person

      • ChildrenR342Price per person

      MAP21

      A walking tour is certainly the best way to explore a city for a close approach to local life. Maputo’s original name was Lourenço Marques and as you wander the narrow streets of this part of the town, you will appreciate the Portuguese colonial past still alive in the city. You will reach the beautiful Juma Mosque and the art déco buildings on Rua Bagamoio. The Hotel Central was also used in the Leo di Caprio movie and it is here that the sailors used to frequent the bars in the red light district known for their jazz and afro jazz in days gone by. Visit a Café on the main road taking in the bustling city around you whilst you enjoy coffee and a ‘pastel de nata’ (custard tartlet). The last stop is at the St. Sebastian Fort, now a military museum containing many relics of Mozambique’s colonial past. You will admire the imposing statue of General Albuquerque on his horse, the statue of the first Governor of Lourenço Marques - Antonio Enes – as well as the many canons which were originally based at Inhaca Island. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as the tour includes approx. 2km walking on flat though unleveled ground. Guests shall not take any picture of locals, policemen and state buildings without permission.
    • CITY TOUR WITH LUNCH AT COSTA DEL SOL

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

      • Shopping

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • AdultsR1269Price per person

      • ChildrenR1115Price per person

      MAP06

      Located in the lush bay of Maputo and formerly known as Lourenço Marques, Maputo charm is in its unique blend of old colonial Portuguese influences and chaotic African liveliness. Join us on this sightseeing tour to explorer the capital of Mozambique and covering some of the city highlights. You’ll first stop at the Central Market (locally known as the Mercado) where locals and tourists flock to buy fresh produce; it is a good opportunity to purchase cashew nuts and peri-peri! Next on the list is a stop at FEIMA curio market, the perfect place to bargain for craft products and for capulanas, large length of fabric, often worn by either men or women. Your drive-by tour will also include glimpses of Independence Square with the imposing bronze statue of Samora Machel, the railway station, Mandela’s house, Polana Hotel and Botanical Garden. Enjoy visits to St. Sebastian Fort, now a military museum containing many relics of Mozambique’s colonial past, and to the Museum of Natural History. As sightseeing is a hungry work, our next stop will be at Costa do Sol restaurant to appreciate Mozambique cuisine including a choice of grilled prawns or grilled fish or Mozambican chicken, all served with rice or chips. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair; guests shall not take any picture of locals, policemen and state buildings without permission.
    • PANORAMIC TOUR WITH DINNER AT COSTA DEL
      SOL

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • AdultsR1005Price per person

      • ChildrenR852Price per person

      MAP32

      If you want to have a glimpse of Maputo highlights but you prefer to sit on your coach and watch the world from the window, this is the tour not to miss! Leave the port and enjoy an evening sightseeing tour enabling you to have views of the Railway Station and “Baixa” – downtown area – and the Central Market on your way to Independence Square with the imposing statue of Samore Machal. Your tour will also pass by the House of Steel, the Cathedral the Town Hall, Radio Mocambique – the former LM Radio – and the Museum of Natural History. Driving on Julius Nyerere Avenue, you will see the Polana Hotel, Mandela’s House and the Presidency on the way to the fish market and your final destination: Costa do Sol restaurant. You will break for a delicious dinner to appreciate Mozambique cuisine including a choice of grilled prawns or grilled fish or Mozambican chicken, all served with rice or chips. After dinner, on your way to the port, you will drive on the beach road towards the Naval Club and the “Ode to Samora Machel” mural, the fortress and the fish museum. Please note: guests shall not take any picture of locals, policemen and state buildings without permission. Vision may be limited due to the lack of streets lamps in some avenues. This tour does not include stops except at the restaurant. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once aboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • PANORAMIC TOUR WITH HIGH TEA AT POLANA
      HOTEL

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • AdultsR759Price per person

      • ChildrenR649Price per person

      MAP33

      If your wish is to explore Maputo and enjoy a high tea in one of its exclusive hotels, join us on this panoramic tour. You will leave the port for a sightseeing coach drive enabling you to have views of the Railway Station and “Baixa” – downtown area – and the Central Market on your way to Independence Square with the imposing statue of Samore Machal. Your tour will also pass by the House of Steel, the Cathedral the Town Hall, Radio Mocambique – the former LM Radio – and the Museum of Natural History. Driving on Julius Nyerere Avenue, you will see the Polana Hotel, Mandela’s House and the Presidency on the way to the fish market and your final destination: Polana Hotel. You will break for a high tea served at the Varanda restaurant in this iconic hotel. After this refined experience, on your way to the port, you will drive on the beach road towards the Naval Club and the “Ode to Samora Machel” mural, the fortress and the fish museum. Please note: guests shall not take any picture of locals, policemen and state buildings without permission. Vision may be limited due to the lack of streets lamps in some avenues. This tour does not include stops except at the restaurant. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once aboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
     
    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Mozambique

    Indulging in the shade of a baobab
    Indulging in the shade of a baobab

    A holiday to Mozambique means getting to know an authentic part of Africa which also has a strong Portuguese influence.

    It is a land which can mutate in just a few kilometres, from its white sands with the coral reef of the Indian Ocean, to its plateaus and mountains which almost reach 3000 metres, or to the legendary Rift Valley, the cradle of the human race, which lies in the centre of the country.

    Here, the population is cheerful and hospitable. The territory is shared by colonial cities and villages made up of huts, baobab and mangrove forests, unspoilt archipelagos and great natural reserves. Historically belonging to the Portuguese, on a cruise to Mozambique you will be struck by the charm of its inhabited colonial towns with palaces, fortresses and churches which are a medley of African, Arab and Indian influences.

    What strikes those who arrive by sea, however, are its 3000 km of coastline, which include some of the Africa's most beautiful beaches. It is a picture of a typical tropical holiday: white sands, crystal clear waters and palm trees gently swaying in the breeze. There are also islands to explore, real gems like Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina, or Inhaca. Places where divers and snorkelers alike will find plenty to do and see. The island’s marine life will make for some interesting excursions too with dolphins, humpback whales, dugongs (sea cows) and green and loggerhead sea turtles.