Maputo (size 346.8 km square) is easily one of Africa’s most attractive capitals. It’s also the most developed place in Mozambique. Maputo is like many other major African cities, where people live, work and occasionally play. It is not a tourist hub but with a wide selection of hotels and restaurants, well-stocked supermarkets, shady sidewalk cafes and a lively cultural scene.
To experience a city like a local, should try Chapa in Maputo
Full-size buses are available in the Baixa and Museu areas of the city, but you’re more likely to get on the chapas. The main form of local transport is the chapa which run within a town or between towns. It is used by the people of Mozambique for privately operated vans and minibuses. These are vans or minibuses that take you around to most areas of the city but you’re often squeezed into these vehicles.
Chapas go everywhere, with the average price for town trips Mtc5 to Mtc7. Most are marked with route start and end points, but you should also listen for the destination called out by the conductor. To get to Junta, look for a chapa going to Zimpeto, Zona Verde or Jardim.
Tuk-tuks are also less expensive (town trips from Mtc100), although they can be hard to find. Look for them near Hotel Cardoso, and on Avenida Julius Nyerere, just up from the South African High Commission.
One bad thing
Chapa drivers are notorious for their unsafe driving and there are many accidents. At the moment 90% of fines are applied to the vehicle owners rather than the drivers
An automatic fare collection may be possible to help to make the trip safe as the vehicle owners will have more advance profit and more budget to pursue the safety. This will avoid the manipulation of the fare collectors as well.
The writer is a frequency traveler and feeling automatic fare collection should help developing the transportation of the city. To learn more, please visit autofare.net