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Maputo Train Station, front

Maputo Train Station, front

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Maputo is the capital and largest city in Mozambique with well over 1 million people living in the city and about 1.8 million in the metropolitan area. Being about 130 years old, it is located along the coast in the southern tip of the country, at the west side of Maputo bay at the mouth of the Tembe River. It is the cultural, economical and industrial hart of the country and is also of interest for travellers. Its not only a lively mix of several ethnic groups like Arabian, Indian and African people. it also has great Portugese colonial building styles to show. The city often is the starting point for travellers who wish to explore more of the country and is an easy bustrip from South Africa.



Sights and Activities

There are several museums to visit in the city, but avoiding the beach is advised as the bay area was used as a waste dump in previous years and water quality hasn't quite recovered yet. The Associação Núcleo de Arte houses the oldest collective of artists in town, with over 100 sculptors, painters and ceramists as members. Exhibitions are regularly staged in the Nucleo's grounds.




Maputo has a hot and humid climate with temperatures usually around 30 °C during most of the year except the somewhat cooler months of June and July when it is still around 25 °C during the day. The hottest months of December to February are also the wettest months with some serious downpours possible. Although hurricanes can hit Mozambique severely, because of its southern location, Maputo faces less problems.

Avg Max29.9 °C29.6 °C29.3 °C27.8 °C26.4 °C24.6 °C24.4 °C25.3 °C26.1 °C26.5 °C27.4 °C29.1 °C
Avg Min22.3 °C22.3 °C21.5 °C19.4 °C16.8 °C14.4 °C14.2 °C15.4 °C17.2 °C18.3 °C19.7 °C21.4 °C
Rainfall171.1 mm130.5 mm105.6 mm56.5 mm31.9 mm17.6 mm19.6 mm15 mm44.4 mm54.7 mm81.7 mm85 mm
Rain Days8.17.674.



Getting There

By Plane

Maputo International Airport (MPM) serves as the international gateway to the country and LAM Mozambique Airways is the national airline. International destinations include flights to and from Durban, Johannesburg and Nairobi. Other airlines serving the country are South African Airways (Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town), TAP Portugal (Lisbon, Johannesburg), Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa)
Air Zimbabwe (Harare) and Kenya Airways (Nairobi). Swaziland is served as well.
LAM Mozambique Airways flies between Maputo and Beira, Chimoio, Inhambane, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane, Tete and Vilanculos. Air Corridor has flights between Maputo and Beira, Nampula, Quelimane and Tete.

By Bus

Maputo is easily reached by bus from South Africa, among which are daily buses to and from Johannesburg along good roads.
Minibuses from Inhambane take 8.45 hours and cost M350 (Sep 2009).





Catembe Gallery HotelRua B 77 Catembe 258 Maputo MozambiqueHostel-
Mandala Guest House Bed & BreakfastRua Tomás Ribeiro, nr 1GUESTHOUSE-



Keep Connected


Internet is widely available in Maputo, with many internet cafes and all major hotels having internet access. Outside Maputo internet coverage is sporadic and mostly available in places frequented by tourists. Local Telecommunication de Mozambique (TDM) offices almost always have internet although speed and availability can be problematic.


See also International Telephone Calls

Mozambique's international telephone code is 258.

mCel is the state-owned provider, and as of yet the government has only licensed one other company, the South-African owned Vodacom Mozambique. Apparently a third is arriving shortly. GPRS (data and internet) are available on mCel, with 3G in Maputo and other main cities. Vodacom have 3G in many towns and GPRS Edge elsewhere. The APN is internet. Check your phone manual for setting instructions. The mCel service is not entirely reliable, especially outside Maputo. Vodacom is generally very good. While it is OK to buy credit from the hundreds of vendors roaming the streets wearing mCel or Vodacom shirts you should never buy SIM cards / starter packs, in many cases they sell them at hugely inflated prices and often they will be from one of the many recalled batches that no longer work. Any mobile phone store can sell you a working starter pack for around 50Mts.


Correios de Moçambique offers postal services in the country, but they are slow and unreliable at times. For parcels you should definately contact companies like FedEx, DHL, UPS or TNT, as they offer far better services.

Quick Facts


  • Latitude: -25.9686
  • Longitude: 32.5804


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