About 35km North of Maputo, lies a little town on the banks of the picturesque Incomati River offering a beautiful and tranquil setting - perfect to get away from the bustling city life! Marracuene has got some basic supplies and good accommodation in and around the village. Most people go through the town of Marracuene to get to the Macaneta beaches ... and to do this, a little excursion across the large Incomati river at the ferry point is required (which transports vehicles too). To get to the ferrypoint, you will have take right hand turn just outside the village, passing the mosque situated on the left and taking the left turn at the bottom of the road.
The wait for the ferry at the docking station doesn't take that long and you can either a bite at Julio's Kiosk - a quaint little snack bar or if you are thinking of cooking some delcious seafood on the barbaque later that evening, then take a walk over to the fish market that sells fresh seafood including prawns, crab clams and fish.
When the ferry arrives ... hop on and take advantage of the view and birdlife as you drift across the wide Incomati river. Taking approximately 10-20 minutes ... you will soon dock at the other side where you can start your engines and make way towards the ocean on a dirt road. As you drive along, you will drive past 2 left turns that take you further North of the Incomati river where accommodation is available. carry on driving and you will soon come to a T-junction which also has accommodation available in either direction (both beautiful localtions).
The beaches here are magnificent and if you travel South to Ponta da Macaneta, you will find a shipwreck aswell as it is a great spot for shark fishing. From here you will also beable to see Xefina Island.
From Marracuene ... you can take a day boat cruise to Xefina Island, which is about a 24km trip South, towards Maputo. If you have the time, experiencing a ride on the Incomati river and exploring Xefina island is a must. Bring your Binoculars because you will witness an abundance of birdlife including flamingo's along the way.
The Fascinating Xefina island used to be a prison back in the colonial days and today, you can climb on top of massive cannons that were used to protect the Maputo harbour from intruders in World War 2. Accommodation can also be found on Xefina Island.
Situated very South of Mozambique, welcome to the capital city of Maputo! Maputo is a big city with plenty of attractions and things to do. There is a rich history that resides in Maputo and even if you are not a fan of the past, you will still admire and appreciate some of the beautiful achitectural / structural design that Maputo has to preserved and built.
If you are interested in doing some shopping in Maputo then head off downtown (the Baixa) and see what gets your fancy ...
Here you will also find banks and quite few quaint street cafe's and coffee shops for you to sit down, relax abd get something to eat. After you've had a good break ... make your way down to the busy, vibrant Mercado Municipal market. Here you can find tons of everything the busy locals can sell you, such as fruits, vegetables, fresh produce, spices, lovely detailed carved out wooden sculptures, baskets, beadwork, paintings plus so much more. Here you can definitly find a Souvenior of Mozambique.
If you are interested in some delicious fresh fish for the braai later that evening, then do visit the fish market (north end of Avenue Marginal). Everyday Fishermen go out on their boats to do a hard days work of catching fish and seafood ...and then after they return to the docks, they offload and take them straight to the fish market to be sold. Some of the seafood include: Massive Prawns, Clams, Crayfish, Crab and a variety of differnt fish. In fact, the lovely part about buying all your seafood from here is not only is it very fresh but you can get one the fish markets restaurants to cook you your seafood (of course for a small fee)!
Why not go take a ferry to Catembe ... which is the land you can see from across the bay of Maputo harbour. The boat ride takes about 25 minutes ... and once you are there (notice 2 small shipwrecks) and have jumped off board, you can take either take a walk around Catembe which features quite a few military guns placed in certain spots (some are still loaded) or walk over to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty meal while also enjoying a fantastic panoramic skyline view of Maputo.
You can also take a boat ride to the Xefina island (off the coastline of Costa do Sol in Maputo). Even though you can cross the shallow waters to this island ONLY during low tide... it is still too risky as you can never be too sure how fast the tide will come in etc, etc. So its best to be safe and take a boat to Xefina. Long ago, the Portugese used the island as a prison and this served to be a good idea as there was no guards needed as the shark infested waters did the deed.