Maputo City is the capital city of Mozambique and located at the bottom of the country. In it’s centre is a bustling market where all kinds of goods can be bought. Many building design are from the Art Deco era and an heritage from Portuguese colonisation. Maputo has top modern restaurants, cafés, shopping centers and luxury buildings as well as simple township neighbourhoods just next to each other. Fátimas and other venues we will visit are situated in a calm middle class area just north of the city center. View on map
Maputo Airport is situated just outside the center of Maputo. We will pick you up at the airport and take to Fátima’s which should take 20-40 minutes depending on traffic. View on map
Fátima’s Backpackers has hosted MASX participants and other Hodi guests for years. It is modest, clean, quiet hostel. There is a shared fridge and a restaurant with a bar in a cosy lounge area. Mosquito nets and air conditioning are provided in every room. Wifi is provided between 18-06h. See: www.mozambiquebackpackers.com View on map
Ponta D’Ouro (in English meaning “tip of gold”, in reference to an existing cape at the southern part of the beach) is a town in the extreme south of Mozambique, lying on the Mozambique Channel south of Maputo and just north of the border with South Africa. It is known for its beach, for its dolphins and for its offshore diving and deep-sea fishing. We will be staying at at Motel do Mar, a lodge just by the beach where we will sleeping in small houses.
The Brother Manhiça’s House is where the Elias, Augusto and Manuel were born and raised situated in Polana Caniço. When born there was only a small straw house where they lived with their mother and two other brothers. The house in it’s present shape is built by the brothers after their hard work as artists. They live their with their sons and one older brother. The house will be our home for the house party Tuesday evening. View on map
Polana Caniço Neighbourhood and Market is situated in the neighbourhood Polana Caniço. Caniço means “straw” and the suburb got its name because of all the straw houses in the past. Today most houses are build out of concrete blocks close to each other with narrow alleyways where the kids run around, play or dance. The Market we will go through has everything you can imagine from vegetables, traditional medicines, African fabrics, kapulanas, school uniforms and telephone adaptors. Judite Novela will take us through the market telling us stories and invite us to try local foods. Polana Caniço is also where we will visit the Hodi Yoth Programme Hodi Afro Swing Kids. View on map
FEIMA – Feira de artesanato, flores e gastronomia de Maputo – Art Market is an Art Market is situated not long from Fátimas. Here you can buy hand made art craft such as wooden statues, bags, clothes, boutiques and paintings. This is a good place to buy memories, but make sure to negotiate the price! You will have time to go to the market Sunday morning or if you stay some extra days. View on map