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Mafalala Walking Tour

Hosted by the Consul of the Maputo Language Exchange Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 29 Sep 14:00 - 17:00

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The Mafalala walking tour is a 3hour visit to one of the oldest, most emblematic and historical neighbourhood of Maputo City - MAFALALA. The tour can be guided in Portuguese or English. The group is escorted through Mafalala by two local guides.

Mafalala Walking Tour tells of the development of Maputo from the colonial times, back when the city was called Lourenco Marques, and explains of the struggle for the independence of Mozambique. Since most of the freedom fighters lived in this neighbourhood namely: Samora Machel (First President of Mozambique), Joaquim Chissano (2nd President of Mozambique, Pascoal Mocumbi (former Prime-Minister), José Craveirinha and Noemia de Sousa (forefathers of the Mozambican poetry) and very important intellectuals for the development of a movement of nationalism, Mozambican Identity and independence.

In the tour, you have the chance also to learn about the rich culture diversity that you find in Mafalala with different African ethnic groups present in the area as well as Christians and Muslims living together in harmony. We also include a local primary school in the program where you can interact with the kids and learn more about the social aspects of the community as well as a traditional dance group composed by women called Tufo da Mafalala - this ladies represent the Macua ethnic group from the shores of the North of Mozambique and most of them come from "Ilha de Moçambique" (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Besides all of the literature and poetry, Mafalala is also famous for its musicians and for contributing for the promotion, evolution and styling of Marrabenta (most popular musical genre of Mozambique) and its great sportsmen such as Eusebio da Silva Ferreira (Greatest Portuguese Soccer Player of all times – which recently passed away).

Throughout the morning (9am -12pm) you have the opportunity to learn the history and ways of the community as well as to see the real Maputo. Despite all of the cultural heritage found in Mafalala, this is still a very poor and peripheral neighbourhood.

Please note that the costs excludes any refreshments for the duration of the tour. Snacks and drinks can be bought in Mafalala and is recommended to support the local economy.

Safety is guaranteed. You park at the meeting point by the petrol station. There is a security guard that will take care of the cars.

Hope to see each and everyone there, please feel free to message me anytime.