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Mafalala Walking Tour

#2 of 9 Tours in Maputo
Certificate of Excellence
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Address: Av Kenneth Kaunda, Maputo 1170, Mozambique
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+258 21 495 514

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A must do in Maputo

The other reviews describe what this area is all about, so I won't repeat these. All I will say is that this tour is a must do if you want to see an area and its people that have... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The other reviews describe what this area is all about, so I won't repeat these. All I will say is that this tour is a must do if you want to see an area and its people that have seen and been through so much over the decades. Be inspired by how the inhabitants make the most of their lives... More 

Thank EasygoingOz
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

If you have no interest in history or how poorer Mozambicans lived and live, and just want a nice beach, prawns, and a cold beer, then give this a miss because you won't enjoy it. And stop reading :) But for the rest of us, this is an experience that should not be missed under any circumstances. The history is... More 

Thank Martin Z
Maputo, Mozambique
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126 reviews
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

This tour arranged by the local NGO Iverca is essential for getting an understanding of the cultural-historical context from which the independent Republic of Mozambique rose. OK, you can probably read up on the facts in some book, but getting the story fleshed out by a passionate expert guide (Nery in our case) while actually walking in the footsteps of... More 

Thank Mohnomishe
Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

On November 19, I did this guided tour of Mafalala, with Ivan Laranjeira, of IVERCA NGO tours. Mafalala is the poor neighborhood of Maputo, the "caniço", as shanty towns are called here. But, in spite of its modesty, is full of history. Many famous Mozambicans lived here - poets José Craveirinha and Noémia de Sousa, ex-Mozambican presidents, late Samora Machel,... More 

1 Thank zec62
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

A non-governmental organization is holding walking tours in parts of Mafalala, a shanty district of Maputo, just 20 minutes by car from the centre of the city. You will learn how people from different parts of Mozambique gathered in this district with the dream of a better life but were hold barred from the white, rich city. The guide was... More 

Thank OttawaEric
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

The Maputo suburb of Mafalala was once the area black Mozambicans were banished to by the Portuguese colonialists and today it still retains so much character and history that it's a fascinating place to visit. Nery was my guide on a fabulous three-hour walking tour of the favela. He speaks great English and is a wonderful historian and captivating story-teller.... More 

1 Thank SueSydney
Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I have just come back from the tour with my very informative and friendly guide Nery, it has been a great experience. I felt like I have been given access to a very significant part of today's Maputo history and heritage, seeing where the black and white segregation was first practiced, where people as Samora and Eusebio were living and... More 

1 Thank NiccoloD
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

A great tour around some iconic places of Mafalala together with an amazing guide that told us all the stories about the bairro and the people that lived there. An incredible experience. Totally recommended :)

Thank Ana R
Maputo, Mozambique
1 review
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Walking around Mafalala, our guide Ivan recounted the history of Maputo from early colonial days to the present. Mafalala is home to many of the country's poets, musicians, politicians, and writers. There is much more to Mozambique than beautiful beaches and game parks Ivan unlocks the country's history and cultural diversity in this memorable tour. Thank you Ivan!

Thank T_Chris_M
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We are on our honeymoon in Mozambique, and while we enjoy the 5 stars hotels and exclusive resorts a lot, we really wanted to visit "the real thing" as well. We recommend this tour to all of you who have some spare time to spend in Maputo. The guide is so friendly and interesting, it was great to have the... More 

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