Maputo, Mozambique

Mozambique is a huge country, twice as long as California.

Tourists mainly visit for the sea. Beautiful beaches and diverse water sports.

I was in Maputo volunteering for the International Gymnastics Federation, my 3-day coaching course hosted at the nation’s main Faculty of Physical Education and Sport.

After it finished, I stayed one extra night with my host Edmundo Ribeiro.

Maputo is considered one of the most interesting and friendly African capitals.

It has a lazy tropical feel yet is scattered with high rise buildings. We took a Sunday afternoon driving tour of the relaxed capital city.

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historic fort
historic fort

The beach was packed on a Sunday.

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The highlight was a seafood feast at Restaurante Costa do Sol, a “Maputo classic”.

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2M BEER
2M BEER

Edmundo’s daughter in a popular city park.

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How to finish the day?

ICE CREAM, of course.

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Unlike South Africa, affluent citizens are not nearly so conspicuous. You have to search them out. They live here.

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I’ve met people who contracted malaria in Maputo. But over 5 days there in March I saw only 2 mosquitoes.

Maputo is infamous for random police checks, especially of tourists. The usual request is for a small bribe in exchange for the return of your passport. Savvy travellers carry, instead, a notarized copy of the passport. And ask to be taken to the police station when stopped.

I was carrying my passport when Edmundo got waived over for a random police check. … As it turned out, the lights were not working on one side of his vehicle. It was not random. After paying a small bribe, we drove on.

It’s less dangerous than JoBurg, overall.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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