What to do and see in Maputo Province, Mozambique: The Best Places and Tips

April 2, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

Maputo is a province of Mozambique; the province excludes the city of Maputo (which comprises a separate province). The province has an area of 22,693 km² and a population of 1,205,709 (2007 census). Its capital is the city of Matola.
Restaurants in Maputo Province

1. Inhaca Island

Maputo, Mozambique +258 84 281 8560
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 230 reviews

Inhaca Island

Reviewed By GarySib - Kempton Park, South Africa

This island is years behind the Mainland, it's beautiful, with great people that are friendly and just not well off, however they are all smiling and happy. It's a bit of a challenge to get there especially if you do not speak Portuguese, however the beauty, welcoming Beaches, people and landscape...it's worth all the challenge of getting there. There are a few options now that we have spoken to the locals, the government ferry (Lau Lau) leaving at Katembe pier at 7H30, you have to be there by 7H00 Am, otherwise that are multiple private Ferries, at the Maputo harbour, and they leave thought the day, however as they are private, they do get very expensive...forget the Vodacom ferry, it no longer exist. On arrival at Inhaca... assistance is in abundance, however everything is at a minimal cost. The island is much bigger than what is expected and from Inhaca, you can visit the Portuguese island, Santa Maria, the lighthouse and other local attractions. Do arrange return ferry on arrival it makes it easy as there are forever multitudes going to Mainland daily, pay a little bit more and travel comfortably. The government ferry cost 400 Mts, it's a better option to the wooden made boats "doala" the doala is a No No, it's snail's at 10km/hour taking about 3 hours in the basking sun, with No seats, No toilets, No service at all, just getting you across....stay away. Government ferry is far better compared to the douala, however it's also not maintained as corrosion, falling fittings, gents toilet not flushing, barriers damaged...d list goes on but it's a better ride.
On arrival there are beach boys helping with laggage, and ferrying to lower waters on smaller boats, it's all safe. On entry to the island a government tax of 200 Mts is payable, from there it's paradise in the 60's. You have to visit...it's magnificent...have pao (bread) have local food it's tasteful affordable and worth every penny.

2. 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
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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.

3. Maputo Central Train Station

Praca dos Trabalhadores, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Excellent
31%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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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.

4. 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
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4 based on 249 reviews

FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica

Reviewed By 2016msm - Cape Town Central, South Africa

I'm traveling solo and visited FEIMA anxious to see some local art. I was so inundated by artists trying to sell me something - they were a bit aggressive - and since my Portuguese isn't great, I just retreated. Maybe I'll go back another time.

5. 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
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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.

6. Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao

Rue Marques de Pombal, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Excellent
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Good
40%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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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.

7. Portuguese Island

Inhaca, Inhaca Island, Mozambique
Excellent
46%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
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4 based on 122 reviews

Portuguese Island

Reviewed By GarySib - Kempton Park, South Africa

This is a small island that can be circumvented in less than 2 hrs on foot, it has beautiful Beaches, there are no people staying on this island, thus no activities except when the MSC cruise ship makes a stop Over, only then you get some activities, otherwise it's for visitors that can have a beach to themselves nothing else. The place is beautiful and clean.

8. Maputo Central Market

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

9. Casa do Ferro (The Iron House)

Praca de Independencia, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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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.

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