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Mafalala Walking Tour

#2 of 8 Tours in Maputo
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Address: Av Kenneth Kaunda, Maputo 1170, Mozambique
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+258 21 495 514

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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... read more

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 :)

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Charroux, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Our guide was called Nery. He spoke excellent English, was very knowledgeable (he was born and brought up in the bairro). He was also just a really nice guy and totally committed to the wellbeing of his area. The trip round was a gentle stroll with frequent stops for detailed explanations. It included a stop at the local school and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This walking tour was very intimate and pretty immersive. I was the only one on this tour so it was exceptionally intimate. Samuel, my tour guide, seemed very knowledgable about the history of Mafalala and I was thoroughly informed. Maybe it was the jetlag, but it was probably a bit too long for just one person (3 hours?) so I... More 

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