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Maputo:
This is the capital city of Mozambique with a population of about two million people and a large harbour.
In 1898 central authority for Mozambique was transferred from Mozambique Island to Delago Bay (Lourenzo Marques) and the city quickly became established as the trade and industry centre and as a port to serve the gold fields of South Africa.
In the early days transport riders made the journey with ox wagons, running the risks of malaria tsetsie fly and lions. After the construction of the Eastern Line from Delago Bay to Pretoria, transport became safer and more profitable. There is the memorial Josina Machel Street, to the Voortekker Leader, Louis Trichardt and his trek that tried to find a route to the sea through Mozambique and eventually came to grief when most of the trekkers died of malaria in the then Delago Bay (Maputo) in 1838.

The city was called Lourenco Marques, "LM", before independance and was then a sought after tourist destination.
Under Portuguese influence, Lourenzo Marques became one of Africa’s most beautiful and fashionable cities with a cosmopolitan Continental atmosphere, pavement cafes, and a thriving tourist industry.The famous Polana Hotel was one of the tourist social highlights and the nightclubs pulsed with action until the early hours.
Maputo's streets are lined with lovely avenues of trees including, Palm trees, Jacarandas and Flame trees.

The civil war in the 1970s and 1980s changed all that. When peace finally came, the once beautiful Mozambican city was in terrible disrepair. Thousands of immigrants crowded the buildings, litter and filth lay everywhere and major services including water and electricity were non existant. Signs of the struggle still show by the bullet holes and marks on the walls of many buildings of the city. These damaged buildings include not only private homes but also some markets, museums, palaces and even synagogues.


Today the city is slowly recreating some of its former glory. The tourists are once more visiting the five-star Polana Hotel, with its view over the harbour. MAPUTO PLACES TO SEE

 

Pickpockets are rife in some areas so common sense and caution should be exercised when visiting these areas, ask at your hotel or at a tourist information centre.


The brighter side is that the city is being rebuilt, with the hope that it can again capture it's attraction and success as a very popular tourist destination.

 

PLACES TO SEE IN MAPUTO

 

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PLACES TO SEE IN PONTA

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Welcome to the incredible world of The Dolphin Centre here, a moment below the surface of the ocean will remain with you for a lifetime.

 

We invite you to join us in observing and interacting with the amazing dolphins of Ponta.

The Ponta pod is truly remarkable group of dolphins that chooses to engage in human interaction.

 

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Observing and interacting with dolphins in Ponta Mozambique

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Centre GPS Co-ordinates: S 26'50'38.9" E 32'58'16.6"

 

Caution should be exercised when visiting these areas, ask at your hotel or at a tourist information centre.

1. The National Museum of Art. This museum houses a large collection of works by Mozambican artists such as Malangatana, Naguib Mucavele and Chissano. It is situated at 1233 Av Ho Chi Minh.

2. The Iron House. This was designed by Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, in 1892 (He incidentally never visited Mozambique). It is made up entirely of steel walls and roof, all bolted together and was originally intended as the Governor's house.

Being made of steel it was far to hot and impractical to use in the hot sub tropical climate of Maputo.It is in R.Cap near to Samora Machel's statue.

 

3. Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception - Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. This is a well known landmark with a tall single spire, set in Praca da Independencia (Independence Square).

4. The Statue of Samora Machel. He was Mozambique's first President from 1975 to 1986, when he died in an air crash in South africa under suspicious circumstances. (For more information on Machel, see Home Page under history ).Situated at the top end of Av. Samora Machel.

 

5.City Hall (Conselho Municipal). This building houses the Mayor chambers or in colonial days the governor. It is a distinctive rather austere building in a classical style of those times. It was completed in 1945 and had the words"Aqui e Portugal" (This is Portugal) inscribed on the outside front of the building. These have subsequently been removed. This building is situated off Av. Ho Chi Minh.

6. Louis Trichardt Trek Memorial
This memorial is on Av. Josina Machel, to the Voortrekkers Leader, Louis Trichardt and his trek who tried to find a route to the sea through Mozambique and eventually came to grief when most of the trekkers died of malaria in the then Delagoa Bay (Maputo) in 1838. See The Boers.

Louis Trichardt and his wife are buried at the monument.
There is a water feature of mosaic tiles featuring the crests of the places where the various members had originated from and on a wall behind the feature are a list of their names They tried to find a way of establishing a road from the Transvaal to Delagoa Bay in order to be independent of British ports.

 

7. Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens. These were laid out in 1885 by a very well known Englishman called Thomas Honney.Thomas Honney designed many well known gardens of the day including a garden for the Sultan of Turkey and the Greek King. The gardens are behind the Statue of Samora Machel.

8. Museu da Moeda (Money Museum) is also known as Casa Amarela or Yellow House is accepted as being the oldest standing building, still in use in Maputo. It is on R. Consiglieri Pedroso.

 

9. Praca dos Trabalhadores (Workers Square).previously called PRACAS DOS MacMahon
At the bottom end of Guerra Popular you will find the Statue commemorating Mozambican soldiers who fell in the First World War. This statue is of a woman who had killed a large snake believed to have been a cobra, that had been terrorising the local population. The cobra was said to have fallen into a pot of boiling porridge that she was carrying on her head. Many strange and mysterious things happened in Darkest Arica!!!


10. CFM Railway Station (Caminho de Ferro de Mocambique). This Victorian style building was also designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1910 he used wrought iron for the roof dome and marble for the outside pillars and arches. Inside the station building are two steam engines of the wood burning type on display.

 

11. The Fortress - Fortaleza. This is a well known landmark, originally built built in 1781 during the early colonial era, when Portugal was still a major sea power and which was the nucleus of the original settlement.

It is recognised as one of the oldest buildings in Maputo and is of the same style as other Portugese forts built along Mozambiques coast. It is now a military museum and is situated in Praca 25 de Juno. This square was so named to commemorate the anniversary of Mozambique's independance.

12.There is a plaque to the side the front door of the British High Commision in Maputo commemorating the escape of Winston Churchill, during the Boer War.

On 15 November 1899, Churchill, who later became Prime Minister of England, escaped from the Boers, who had captured him at Chieveley in Natal, to Lourenco Marques.

 

There are also some excellent restaurants - and expensive, as everything is quoted in US$- where you can enjoy Mozambican beer and peri-peri prawns. The infamous Fere de Populare has dozens of bars and discos where Mozambicans dance well into the night to seductive Latino beats.

 

These places are lots of fun and quite safe, but men seldom escape without at least one proposition from the many prostitutes.

A regular ferry service takes visitors from Maputo’s fishing harbour to Inhaca Island to see the fascinating maritime museum, historic lighthouse and to have lunch or overnight at the hotel.

 

 

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The Central Railway Station with it's dome of copper shows signs of the attractive architecture which the Portuguese brought to Mozambique.


There are the Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens which were established in 1883 and contained cycads, ferns, both indigenous and exotic species of plants.

 

There are a number of museums to see in Maputo

 

A well known landmark is the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao (Our Lady of Conception) which was the nucleus of the original settlement.

 

There are also some excellent - and fantastically expensive, as everything is quoted in US$- restaurants where you can enjoy Mozambican beer and peri-peri prawns.

 

The infamous Fere de Populare has dozens of bars and discos where Mozambicans dance well into the night to seductive Latino beats. These places are lots of fun and quite safe, but men seldom escape without at least one proposition from the many prostitutes.

 

A regular ferry service takes visitors from Maputo’s fishing harbour to Inhaca Island to see the fascinating maritime museum, historic lighthouse and to have lunch or overnight at the hotel.


Other visitors head south into the swamplands of the 236,000-hectare Maputo Elephant Reserve where rolling green hills meet the sea. Crocs, hippos, side-striped jackals, antelope and up to 200 elephants are found here. The area is currently being restored and there are plans to introduce more animals, and open lodges in the future.

 

Visitors fly in directly to the airport.

 
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