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On the extreme south, the capital of Mozambique has the charm of a city influenced by different cultures. And is the gateway to divine places. Book a flight to Maputo and...
Follow the landmarks
Along with the avenues with tropical trees, the richness in architecture is obvious. The Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the central Railway Station and the luminous Sé Cathedral are famous examples. And, of course, the manueline style of the Museum of Natural History of Mozambique.
Take your time in the promenade or...
In Inhaca Island, close to the bay — a preserved area of beaches and coral reefs, perfect for fans of snorkelling and fauna observation. But in the city, there are many things to do. Such as trying the diversity of products at the central market. And also the Malangatana House and Museum, a tribute to the great mozambican painter and poet.
Culture and Business
Make sure you have your passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time. Take all the necessary vaccinations and medication, if applicable.
Mozambique has a tropical climate, with average temperatures of around 28ºC. Summers go from October to April, with rain, heat and a lot of humidity.
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Geography & politics
Mozambique is a country in southwestern Africa. It has a blend of African traditions and the influence of hundreds of years as a Portuguese colony. Mozambique is a semi-presidential representative democratic republic, where the president is head of state and head of government of a multiparty system.
Tipping & paying
The local currency is the Mozambican Metical (MZN). Especially in Maputo, many establishments accept credit cards. Nevertheless, it is advisable to always have some money with you. It is common to tip usually 10% of the bill.
Languages & useful phrases
The official language is Portuguese, with many other national languages, such as Makhuwa, Tsonga and Sena. Some useful phrases in Portuguese are: “olá” = hello, “por favor” = please; “muito obrigado/a” = thank you; “desculpe” = sorry.
What you should do
Relationships are extremely important in Mozambican culture. People like to establish rapport and trust before doing business, so it is essential to cultivate these ties.
What you shouldn’t do
Take your time. It’s important to be patient—Mozambicans handle business slowly, and the negotiation process may take longer than expected. Don’t try to rush decision-making, this type of attitude will not be appreciated.
What to wear
Appearance is important, so go for a formal style. Men should wear a suit and tie or classic trousers with a shirt and tie, and women should wear a suit or a dress with a blazer.
Greet with a handshake. Asking about family and health, and showing that you’re genuinely interested is very important. Address people by their formal titles and surnames as a sign of respect.