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Maputo

Including Maputo National Park

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Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and was called Lourenço Marques until 1976 and that is how I knew it as a child when I grew up in Barberton, which is only 120 kilometers from the Mozambique border. As teenagers we listened to pop music on Radio LM. Pop music was banned at the time in South Africa and Radio LM came in handy to keep up to date with the Beatles, Beach Boys, Clearance Clearwater Revival and many other popular bands of that era.

Today Maputo downtown is still an aesthetically attractive city, although a little dilapidated in places. There are several Portuguese colonial buildings left of which the Polana Hotel and railway station are arguably the most famous. The Polana was built in 1922.

Maputo modern skyline

Maputo modern skyline

Maputo waterfront road

Maputo waterfront road

Polana Hotel

Polana Hotel

I stayed in Casa Quimera, a centrally located, small B&B on a quiet street with a nice swimming pool and within walking distance from main attractions.

Casa Quimera

Casa Quimera

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I had dinner in Sagres which is one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Maputo and their prawns were devine.

From Maputo I traveled south over the impressive Maputu-Katembe bridge south to Maputo National Park which had the only access “road” to Santa Maria, my next destination. The tar road was perfect and very pleasant to drive on. From the western entrance gate the “road” was a 72 kilometer two-spoor sand 4WD track, one of the worst I’ve experienced. It was very deep sand, very rough and bumpy and it took me almost 4 hours to drive 72 kilometers to Santa Maria.

Maputo-Katembe bridge

Maputo-Katembe bridge

Maputo-Katembe bride

Maputo-Katembe bride

Maputo National Park entrance

Maputo National Park entrance

Maputo National Park sand tracks

Maputo National Park sand tracks

Off-road track to Santa Maria

Off-road track to Santa Maria

4WD track to Santa Maria

4WD track to Santa Maria

On the way I saw elephants, nyala, impala, zebra, wildebeest and a a southern reedbuck and the environment was stunningly beautiful.

Maputo National Park

Maputo National Park

Maputo National Park

Maputo National Park

Southern reedbuck

Southern reedbuck

Zebra’s in Maputo National Park

Zebra’s in Maputo National Park

Elephant in Maputo National Park

Elephant in Maputo National Park

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I will stay in Santa Maria at Bemugi’s for four nights and hopefully do a few scuba dives.

Posted by Malan 16:18 Archived in Mozambique

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I hope you can do a few scuba dives!!!!! Moxambique is a lovely country!!!!!!

by Lizette

After your given Maputo details, I see it completely different from that rush through the town we've experienced on the old road and have missed out the Maputo national park as we'vent known better 🤔

by Benno

I was surprised when read on your writing in some certain years that the Mozambique was more "open" than the South Africa on such thing of the Pop music.

by Jim Luo

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