Approximate travel distance: 440 km
It is advisable to obtain a good city map of Maputo for this day trip.
Travel from Nelspruit on the N4 East to Komatipoort and cross the border to Mozambique, continue 101km to Maputo
Top 10 Places to visit in Maputo:
Maputo Train Station
Designed by Gustave Eiffel and regarded as one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, several old locomotives on display
Museum of Natural History
Located in a Manueline style building, one of Maputo’s most popular landmarks, great display.
Its striking architecture, battlements and cannons have a dominant position over the main harbour area. Inside are several striking reliefs of battles.
Cardozo Hotel / Polana Hotel
Historical buildings of old splendor – great views
Louis Trichardt Memorial
South Africans may find this an interesting site to visit, it is very well maintained and a peaceful place to take a break in the middle of the city.
War memorial (the snake lady)
Sculpted by Ruy Gameiro, commemorates loss of lives during World War I.
Iron House (Casa do Ferro)
Another Gustave Eiffel creation, unpractical in the tropical heat of Maputo, but nevertheless very interesting and certainly beautiful.
A vibrant market and most popular place to visit and eat in Maputo. Great restaurants nearby and everywhere in the city, enjoy a lunch of fresh seafood (a must do!)
Neo Classical style building, opposite Cathedral.
Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao
The tall white spire of the cathedral dominates Independence Square – amazing architecture.
Important Travel Tip:
Leave Nelspruit at the latest at 06h00 in the morning to arrive at the border crossing as early as possible. Leave Maputo latest by 15h00 in the afternoon to avoid the notorious traffic of the city.