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Mozambique Road Trip: Ultimate 1-Week Beach Itinerary

Namibia is a country like no other. Imagine sunrises over red desert sand, oryx walking in the wind, and hot air balloons suspended over the oldest desert in the world. It’s one of the most unique countries you’ll ever visit and one of the least densely populated in the world, making for long drives blasting music and a whole lot of wonders to see . . . .

Days 1 to 2 - Maputo

Estimated travel time from Windhoek: 8 hours

Many travelers to Namibia never make it to Kolmanskop, Namibia's abandoned diamond-mining town. But Kolmanskop is worth the trip. It's eerie beauty has haunted photographers for decades, and Kolmanskop isn't the only secret hidden in the desert sands. Outside of Kolmanskop in nearby Aus, you'll also find Namibia's wild horses, racing through the desert wind. Spend your first day driving from Windhoek to Ludertiz and your second day exploring Kolmanskop.

 

Maputo Train Station

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Cinema Scala

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1. Maputo food and walking tour

Food is everything we are. It's our mothers, our history, and a language in itself. In my opinion, there's no way to get to know a place than through its food. Join a local guide, and experience the flavors, culture, and history of Maputo one bite at a time. You'll get to try delicious local dishes and learn about the history and traditions behind them. Most Maputo food and walking tours will visit the Iron House by Gustave Eiffel, the Central Market, and the Central Railway Station.

Maputo Chicken Market
Maputo Chicken Market
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Next to the famous Mercado do Peixe (Maputo Fish Market), is Mercado do Frango (Chicken Market) and an incredible woman named Angelina, the Queen of Chicken. You have to try her chicken at stall 37.

Maputo Central Market

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Maputo Central Market

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2. Mercado Central de Maputo (Maputo Central Market)

Visiting the Central Market is a trip to the heart of Maputo.

 

The Central Market is perhaps the most colorful and lively place in Maputo, bustling with local vendors, street performers, and tourists alike. The market is a true reflection of local life, and you’ll find everything from traditional fabrics, arts and crafts, and fresh produce to seafood, spices, and souvenirs. You can also find plenty of street food stalls where you can sample some of Mozambique's famous dishes, such as grilled prawns, peri-peri chicken, and matapa - a local traditional dish made with cassava leaves and ground peanuts.

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Maputo Central Market

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To really experience Kolmanskop's eerie beauty, buy the N$330 photo pass and visit for sunrise. When I visited for sunup, I found myself completely alone.

Or was I? 😉 👻

Maputo Fish Market

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Maputo Fish Market

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3. Mercado do Peixe (Maputo Fish Market) 

If you like seafood, you have to visit the Maputo Fish Market. Located in the heart of the city, you can watch fishermen unload their daily catch and seafood vendors haggle with customers. The market has an incredible variety of fresh seafood, from prawns and crayfish to octopus and squid. Either haggle for fresh seafood yourself and then bring it to one of the nearby restaurants or skip the first step and order from one of the restaurant's menus.

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If you're bargaining for seafood in the market yourself, don't forget you'll need to haggle over three different fees—the seafood itself, cleaning it, and cooking it at a nearby restaurant.

Restaurante Graciana

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Restaurante Graciana

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4. Try local food at Restaurante Graciana

Be sure to try Matapa, a stew made from peanuts and cassava leaves, and Piri Piri Chicken, a spicy chicken dish that's popular throughout Mozambique.

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There's a great local market here with a wide range of souvenirs to take home.

Cinema Scala

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Cinema Scala

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5. See a movie at Cinema Scala

This unique cinema, housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, showcases international films as well as local and African productions. The venue is also a popular gathering spot for locals, who come to enjoy live music concerts or cultural events such as poetry and storytelling sessions. With its cozy atmosphere, excellent sound system, and friendly staff, Scala Cinema is a must-visit destination for culture buffs and movie lovers alike. Above Cinema Scala is a laidback restaurant looking out onto the city below; grab a pint of the classic M2M beer and 

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If you're bargaining for seafood in the market yourself, don't forget you'll need to haggle over three different fees—the seafood itself, cleaning it, and cooking it at a nearby restaurant.

Cinema Scala

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Cinema Scala

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5. Horse ride on the beach

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Tip:

If you're bargaining for seafood in the market yourself, don't forget you'll need to haggle over three different fees—the seafood itself, cleaning it, and cooking it at a nearby restaurant.

Safety and Travel Advice in Mozambique

South Africa is a very beautiful place with a very complicated past that affects South Africa’s present. Like anywhere else, there are safe places to go and not-so-safe places. Most likely as a tourist, you won’t be visiting the areas with the highest crime rates.

Crime and safety in Mozambique:

Don’t leave your phone or valuables unattended, especially while at a restaurant or at the beach. Keep your phone, wallet, and purse at the front of your body or in your front pockets. Don’t walk around alone at night. If you are enjoying Cape Town’s night life, it’s better to take an Uber from stop to stop instead of walking.

Road safety in Mozambique:

When you're driving, keep your windows up and doors locked, especially at stoplights and intersections. Don’t keep your purse or phone near the windows of your car. Keep your valuables (even shoes) in the trunk of your car while parked.

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