A visit to the Fish Market in Maputo.
Maputo is the Capital of Mozambique and not the average place where you would spend your holiday. This country suffered a great deal as a result of war and political unrest in the past. Most holiday makers seek the unspoiled beaches up north, like Macaneta, that I wrote about some time ago. However with that in mind, there are some wonderful places to visit in Maputo and one of them is the fish market. This fish market is unique and I have never visited anything like this before. It was undoubtedly a unique experience!
Fishermen come to the market in the early evening with their catch. Fish and seafood is very cheap you can buy the best prawns. I kid you not! The prawns here in Mozambique are the best that I have ever had!
A unique experience but not for everyone.
Stall owners are very friendly and will clean and cook the fish for you. The seafood is cheap, delicious and the market is cheerful!
A visit to the fish market can be a scary experience if you are a first time visitor! Eager stall owners attack you like a swarm of bees. They mean no harm but this could be very intimidating. My girls got such a fright when they descended upon us. In fact if you ask them today what they remember about Maputo they will tell you the story of the fish market and how much they hated it.
We walked around and I took photos. People here like to pose for photos and sometimes they will walk up to you and ask for a photo. By this time the girls were clinging to my skirt and I decided it was time to go. They had seen enough.
A lesson to be learned.
There is a lesson to be learned in all of this. Travelling is not about fancy hotels (like the one were we were staying) and touristy places where you buy nice souvenirs. I could have shown them all the beautiful places in Maputo, the nice beaches and they could have gone home and said “I have seen Maputo. I have seen Mozambique” but did they experience it? Did they see the good and the bad?
This is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about travelling. An ordinary day turn into something extraordinary. I can still smell the fish, hear the people yelling and see how uncomfortable my girls were. Am I cruel for subjecting them to something like this? No! This is life and it is important to see life as it is. People work here to make a living.
How to get to the Fish Market in Maputo?
It is best to ask the hotel where you stay to arrange for a taxi. But if you are catching a taxi from the town ask the driver to take you down to the beach road, Avenida Marginal. After the large petrol station on the left (you’ll pass it if you’re coming from the center of town), turn left into Rua Palma and you’ll see the entrance on the right. You can’t miss all the people!