We spent one month in Maputo, Mozambique and this is our review.
If you’ve been following us for a while you know that we have a deep appreciation for travel experiences, the environment, culture and diversity.
When you tell people you’re in Africa so many have a picture in their mind that isn’t accurate. One big country of desert with animals roaming everywhere, a bunch of straw houses, nobody knows what technology is and everyone is part of a tribe where kids are running around with no clothes. We hate that, and I think it’s safe to say that most Africans don’t appreciate it either; rather it probably gets pretty tiresome explaining that it is quite the opposite. Africa isn’t even a country, so let’s start there!
We went to Mozambique
The capital of Mozambique is Maputo, a large coastal city in the South
The official language in Mozambique is Portuguese, followed by Swahili, Makhuwa, Sena, Ndau, and Shangaan (Tsonga) The country was colonized by the Portuguese but gained independence in 1975. When you walk through Maputo you can see a strong influence of colonial architecture flank the streets as well the structure of the city layout is very grid-like which many people have said is because the Portuguese looked at Maputo as a redo for city structure after the disorganization of their city centres. The culture is rich, everyone is beautiful and its as if they have put their own swing on Portuguese.. it sounds just a little different than when you are in Portugal.
Mozambique is stunning and Maputo is a thrill
upon arriving you instantly stumble upon bustling city street markets, heavy traffic, music and food and sunshine!
There is someone selling something on nearly every corner, from electronics to avocados. Maputo has a number of malls, plenty of coffee shops, electronic shops, bakeries and pizza shops! Almost every street you walk down has a school or daycare where you can hear children laughing and playing and security at the entrance of almost very business or home. It is extremely easy to feel safe in Maputo as crime rates are not very high,
One of the most lovely things about Maputo is that it is costal, lining the Indian Ocean anytime you drive along the edge of the city you are also driving along the edge of the African Continent; which in our opinion is pretty damn cool! In the whole 30 days that we were there we only had sun, it’s currently winter and the temperature on average was about 25-35 degrees C. Not too shabby!
The people in Mozambique are something special
With provoking conversations, art that makes you think and music that makes you move
There is a ever growing community and culture of live music and social events that take place weekly or monthly. Every interaction we had it was authentic, genuine and friendly, which is exactly what you want when you are coming to a new place. Anytime we asked for directions the person was happy to assist. Our only suggestion is that if you plan on going to Mozambique it would be wise to brush up on some of your Portuguese, even if its just the basics. We met so many amazing people and everyone seems to have something on the go. Whether its an business venture or art project; everyone seems to be working on creating a new environment for their community while making a name for the country.
With a growing economy it is only a matter of time until Mozambique has a better transportation system and lower domestic flight costs!
That was our only real big vice about the country.
We would have loved so much to travel more North and check out all of the amazing towns and islands. Spent a little less time in the city and a little more time enjoying Mother Nature. With only 30 days on a visa it can be a bit difficult to do all the things you want to do while trying to be kind to your bank account.
Next time we are considering going to Mozambique we will certainly look into getting a direct flight to the North or have a car from a neighbouring country so that we can navigate around more freely.
Warriors of Action in Mozambique
While out in Mozambique our team from sister platform Warriors of Action; a platform geared to empowering women, educating and inspiring entrepreneurs, and expressing all the joys about being a woman.
The project that they are currently working on is Women of Africa; which involves going around to major cities in each country interviewing a number of powerful, influential and hardworking females native to their country. They just completed their assignment for Mozambique and the footage, content and final product is amazing. If you haven’t already checked out Warriors of Action be sure to swing over to their instagram, facebook, twitter or website at www.warriorsofaction.com to find out more, ask how to get involved or how to nominate a friend or role model.
Do you still have questions about Mozambique? Comment below we would be happy to answer what we can!
Curious about what Maputo looks like? Check out our Travel Video here
We also put together a really handy Top 5 Things to Do in Maputo – just incase you’re heading out there and want some tips! Additionally we put together a Travel Advice Guide filled with essential must knows for those who are planning a trip!
Check out our blog on Getting around on Transportation in Mozambique – it’s both comical and education!