Top 5 Must Do's in Maputo

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While visiting Mozambique, there are a few Maputo Must Do’s that you need to accomplish before you leave this area.

1. Visit the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in Maputo is a colonial-style building that houses a collection that shows the complete birth cycle of the elephant. A huge shark collection is also displayed in the museum as well as many other collections. The building is an impressive work of architecture that was completed in 1911.

2. Explore the Old Portuguese Fort

The Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao (Our Lady of Conception) was built in the mid-18th century and is one of the remaining buildings of the original settlement. The architecture of this fort is stunningly beautiful. All around the Fort are statues and reliefs that commemorate the defeat of the king of Gaza. This old fort is definitely a must-see place for anyone who loves history and architecture.

3. Spend the Day at the Market

The Mercado Municipal is the largest market in Maputo and has everything you need. Outside the entrance are men selling watches and sunglasses, while inside in an array of different vendors selling fruits, vegetables, tropical nuts and peri peri (a chili sauce). This is a great place to go if you like to people-watch, as it is always crowded.

4. Take a Trip on the Railway

Visiting the Maputo Central Railway Station is a don’t miss-must see thing to do. Gustave Eiffel designed the station, who also designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. It is the most beautiful rail station in the world with its marble pillars, wrought iron works and a large central dome. It looks more like a castle than a commuter station. Even if you aren’t planning a trip by train out of the station, a visit here is definitely something you should do.

5. Ride the Ferry to Inhaca Island and Portuguese Island

From the harbor at Maputo, you can take a ferry to Inhaca Island. This is a marine nature preserve and is home to a variety of birds. Try your hand at snorkeling or diving off the Coast of Inhaca Island and see the many different types of fish and aquatic life that thrive in this area. A lighthouse on Inhaca is also a must-see while you are here. You can also take a boat trip from Inhaca to Portuguese Island that offers beautiful white sand beaches and beautiful lagoons. Portuguese Island is also a nature reserve in Maputo.

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Maputo Elephant Reserve

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Just 50kms south of Maputo is one of the more raw African nature experiences you'll encounter. Although not brimming with large animals the reserve is quickly returning to its earlier glory. Apart from the populations of elephants, hippos, zebras, deer etc. it is also a bird-lovers paradise. The unique beach setting makes it an experience not to be missed. Note that the roads inside the park are very sandy, only experienced 4x4 drivers should enter. It is also a good idea to go with a guide as the Reserve is vast and guides now where to find the animals.

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