The 9 Best Things to Do in Matola, Mozambique

December 30, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Matola is the largest suburb of the Mozambique capital, Maputo, and adjacent to it to the west. It is the nation's second most populated place. Matola is the capital of Maputo Province and has had its own elected municipal government since 1998. It has a port and also the biggest industrial area in Mozambique. The population of Matola is, according to the 2007 census, 675,422 inhabitants, having increased to a 2014 projected population of 893,000.
Restaurants in Matola

1. Iglesia de San Antonio de la Polana

Av. Armando Tivane 1701, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +258 21 491 197
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Iglesia de San Antonio de la Polana

Reviewed By irishmike60 - Hillcrest, South Africa

Our group of 8 were taken through the Cathedral on tour and a small wedding was taking place. No problem to our guide, he walked us right between the officiating minister and the couple getting married. We were very embarrassed, but they did not seem to mind at all. Par for the course as it were !!
Not as large as the pictures make it out, but great architecture, and stained glass, and ornamentation.
Well worth a visit, even if a person is not religious.

2. Maputo Central Train Station

Praca dos Trabalhadores, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Excellent
31%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 501 reviews

Maputo Central Train Station

Reviewed By 2016msm - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Maputo's Central Train Station is an impressive structure still used today, but with rich history. Photos of the Train Station's development and progress over the years are displayed along the area where people wait for trains. There's also a museum with artifacts and detailed information.

3. FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica

Av Martires da Machava, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +258 21 493 179
Excellent
37%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 248 reviews

FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica

Reviewed By f2s - Glasgow, United Kingdom

There are stalls of African stuff, but this sad looking park was not worth seeing the day we were in town.

4. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Av. 24 de Julho 1722. Rua Da Se | Downtown Maputo, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +258 21 310 283
Excellent
32%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 118 reviews

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Reviewed By LuxeFamilyFun - United States

I hate to sound dismissive, but you have to lower your expectations when visiting Mozambique. This Cathedral is nice based upon the surroundings, but is by no means a worldly treasure or a top 250 Cathedral in the world. It might not even be top 1000.
Still, it's easily accessible and seems relatively safe to visit during a city tour of Maputo.

5. Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao

Rue Marques de Pombal, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Excellent
18%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 164 reviews

Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao

Reviewed By wombatdavid - Tasmania

This is an old Portuguese Fort down by the waterfront. It is only MTM20 to go in. There is not much to see in terms of exhibits but there are some old statues and cannons in good condition.

6. Maputo Central Market

Av. 25 de Setembro, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Excellent
23%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 135 reviews

Maputo Central Market

Reviewed By JacobFS

Interesting experience. Different fruits and vegetables. Though the produce was more expensive than locals suggested it should be. I was told a coconut costs M$20 but in the market the charged M$30 and didn't negotiate.
None of the vendors tried to harras us into buying anything. If you just want to wLk around and have a look this is a good place to go.

7. Casa do Ferro (The Iron House)

Praca de Independencia, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Excellent
15%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 191 reviews

Casa do Ferro (The Iron House)

Reviewed By LuxeFamilyFun - United States

This is a very unusual home - it's all metal, with some wood wall interiors. I can't say I've ever seen anything like it, but the East German's would have loved it during the old USSR days.
It's on a corner lot in downtown Maputo. It's easily accessible and can be checked out very quickly.
When I think of Eiffel - we all think of the unbelievable structure in Paris - that can only be truly appreciated in person.
This is something very different. A metal house that was constructed abroad and assembled a piece at a time. It's not aesthetically pleasing in any way. Other than being designed by Eiffel, there is nothing to see here. Eiffel would probably regret his work in Maputo if he were still alive.

8. Tunduru Gardens

Maputo, Mozambique
Excellent
33%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Tunduru Gardens

Reviewed By Mohnomishe - Maputo, Mozambique

I remember my first visit in Maputo back in 2000, this park was a no-go zone inhabited by dubious characters. Now after a year or more of renovations, it has finally been rehabilitated and reopened. It's such a nice place to stroll around, and you don't have to be an avid botanist for enjoying all the examples of indigenous trees and plants lining the pathways. There's a tourist information service, now I just wish they'll open a café too.

9. Natural History Museum

Praca Travessia do Zambeze 104, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +258 21 485 401
Excellent
22%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 189 reviews

Natural History Museum

Reviewed By WonderfulWorld59 - Missouri

Mildly Interesting Museum on 2 Floors of A Victorian Mansion. The Main Floor features a Large Life-sized Display of Wildlife. Don't Miss the Display Illustrating Elephant Development (in a Back Corner). Upstairs are Similar Displays of Insects and Fish. Allow 20-30 Minutes.

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