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Shore Excursion Points of Distinction:

  • Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are carefully selected by skilled vacation planners.
  • A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
  • Travel with premier, licensed and insured, tour companies aboard the best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.
  • In addition to our group departures, you may choose the Executive Collection – customized, private tours with highly personalized service.

Africa

Shore Excursions

Oceania Cruises shares our guests' passion for new discoveries and that has led us to create an award-winning program of shore excursions that explore the most historical, cultural and artisitic gems of all our destinations.
Maputo, Mozambique

A Glimpse of Maputo

Tour Code: MPM-004
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Maputo's rich history comes to light on this tour that includes the essential highlights of Mozambique's bustling capital.

Depart from the pier and begin driving through the streets of Maputo, formerly known as Lourenco Marques for the Portuguese explorer who landed here in 1544. While much of Maputo was destroyed during Mozambique's civil war that finally ended when peace was restored in 1992, the city is intent on regaining its glory.

One of the first sights you'll see is the amazing Central Train Station, designed by the renowned French architect Gustave Eiffel in 1910. For a glimpse into the daily life of the locals, you will stop at a market, where goods often exchange hands through bartering. Stop briefly in Independence Square, a popular gathering spot featuring a statue of Mozambique's first president, the neo-classical City Hall, and a Roman Catholic cathedral. You will also view the French-Mozambican cultural center, a splendid old colonial building which has been tastefully restored and today is home to various art exhibitions. One of the more unique sights is an unusual - if not impractical given Africa's warm climate, all-iron house, another creation by Eiffel.

You will be able to gain an insight into Mozambique's natural wonders during a stop at Maputo's revered Museum of Natural History. You will have time here to peruse many of the exhibits before re-joining your coach for a drive through the upscale Polana district, following the scenic Costa do Sol coastal route. After a brief photo stop, you will head back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking over mostly even surfaces, although there are some steps to negotiate at the central market and crowded conditions there as well. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight clothing; a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

Of special note - The coaches are maintained, although basic, and the quality can vary considerably. There is no formal guiding qualification required for Mozambique, and in order to support the local community we use local escorts/guides. Many of these escorts/guides do have previous experience in guiding for visiting cruise ships. Furthermore, although the majority of the roads are paved, you may encounter some with potholes or a few bumpy dirt roads.

Warning: Some of the international embassies and government buildings may be deemed military or state defense sites and you are not allowed to take pictures. There can be serious consequences for ignoring these rules so guests are advised to ask your tour guide first before taking any pictures.

Maputo, Mozambique

City, Sun & Sea

Tour Code: MPM-003
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 6 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

SUpon departing the pier, you will pass a beautiful Train Station which is definitely an architectural highlight of Maputo. The station was built in 1910 by Gustav Eiffel, who is known for building the Eiffel Tower.

Your first stop will be to the local Maputo market for a glimpse of how the locals barter for a variety of goods and foods.

Afterwards it's on to Independence Square, a focal point for the city. Around it is a statue of the country's first president, Samora Machel, the gleaming white Roman Catholic cathedral, the neo-classical City Hall and the French-Mozambican cultural centre. The latter being a splendid old colonial building which has been tastefully restored and now presents art exhibitions. You will also have the opportunity to take photo’s of the weird and wonderful concept of a house made entirely out of iron.

Continue on past the Tundura Gardens located off Avenue Samora Machel. Here you can admire the fine cycad collection and other indigenous and exotic plants. You will then visit the Natural History Museum, which amongst other things, plays “host” to the only collection of elephant fetus in the world.

After a scenic drive through the upmarket Polana area, following the coastal route to the Costa do Sol. You will enjoy lunch at a local hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is spent enjoying the magnificent facilities of this hotel. Remember to bring your towels and enjoy the magnificent view across the bay, whilst sipping cocktails around the pool, or lounging on the beach.

Please note: This tour includes moderate walking over mostly even surfaces, although there are some steps to negotiate at the central market and crowded conditions there as well. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight clothing; a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

Of special note - The coaches are maintained, although basic, and the quality can vary considerably. There is no formal guiding qualification required for Mozambique, and in order to support the local community we use local escorts/guides. Many of these escorts/guides do have previous experience in guiding for visiting cruise ships. Furthermore, although the majority of the roads are paved, you may encounter some with potholes or a few bumpy dirt roads.

Warning: Some of the international embassies and government buildings may be deemed military or state defense sites and you are not allowed to take pictures. There can be serious consequences for ignoring these rules so guests are advised to ask your tour guide first before taking any pictures.

Maputo, Mozambique

Discover Maputo

Tour Code: MPM-005
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 6 1/4 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

See Maputo, Mozambique's capital and most populated city, from every possible angle, even venturing into the beautiful countryside along the coast.

Your excursion begins at the pier and you will soon pass by the ornate Central Train Station, an architectural standout designed in 1910 by Gustave Eiffel, famous for his namesake tower in Paris. In many ways, the train station is a symbol of Maputo rebirth, following the heavy damage it received during Mozambique's long civil war. When a peace treaty was signed in 1992, the true recovery began. The city continues to recreate its past glory in landmarks like the train station and the five-star Polana Hotel that overlooks the harbor.

This tour presents a true, multi-faceted look at Maputo. A stop at a local market reveals how the locals barter for goods. Independence Square is a poplar gathering spot and highlights the city's newfound reverence for historic architecture. Some of the sights you can see here are a statue of Mozambique's first president, the neo-classical City Hall, a Roman Catholic cathedral and the French-Mozambican cultural center. One of the more unique sights is an unusual - if not impractical given Africa's warm climate, all-iron house, another creation by Eiffel.

We then take a scenic drive to the up-market and recently refurbished Polana Hotel where a delicious buffet lunch, designed to truly delight the taste buds, await you!

Following lunch, you will further explore Maputo. Your guide will point out to you important landmarks and you will be able to see first-hand more signs of recovery, such as the return of many foreign embassies and the new buildings being constructed downtown.

Your final stop before returning to the pier is the Museum of Natural History, a treasure-trove of unusual exhibits, including the world's only collection of elephant fetuses.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking over mostly even surfaces, although there are some steps to negotiate at the central market and crowded conditions there as well. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight clothing; a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

Of special note - The coaches are maintained, although basic, and the quality can vary considerably. There is no formal guiding qualification required for Mozambique, and in order to support the local community we use local escorts/guides. Many of these escorts/guides do have previous experience in guiding for visiting cruise ships. Furthermore, although the majority of the roads are paved, you may encounter some with potholes or a few bumpy dirt roads.

Warning: Some of the international embassies and government buildings may be deemed military or state defense sites and you are not allowed to take pictures. There can be serious consequences for ignoring these rules so guests are advised to ask your tour guide first before taking any pictures.

Maputo, Mozambique

Executive Collection Full Day Car

Tour Code: MPM-C08
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Maputo, Mozambique

Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

Tour Code: MPM-M08
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 12 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Maputo, Mozambique

Executive Collection Full Day Van

Tour Code: MPM-V08
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 6 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Maputo, Mozambique

Executive Collection Half Day Car

Tour Code: MPM-C04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Maputo, Mozambique

Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

Tour Code: MPM-M04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 12 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Maputo, Mozambique

Executive Collection Half Day Van

Tour Code: MPM-V04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 6 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo Museums and Art

Tour Code: MPM-007
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Browse through the foremost museums and galleries in Maputo, a cultural center that enthusiastically celebrates the spirit of creativity.

After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the Natural History Museum, which is housed in a white colonial building designed in the Neo-Manueline style of the early 20th century. The wonderfully ornate building is as impressive as the collections inside, many of which depict lifelike African animals in dramatic scenes, such as lions attacking a water buffalo. The museum also holds curiosities of the insect world and rare species that include the coelantho, a primitive-looking fish thought to be extinct until “rediscovered” in 1938.

You will also have the opportunity to browse the nearby Nucleo de Arte, a long-standing art cooperative that supports and promotes young artists. Created in 1921, the organization encourages creativity by providing studio space and galleries where the artists can display their work. While perusing the paintings and sculptures, you will gain a great understanding of the latest movements in African art, particularly from Mozambican artists.

Finally, you will explore the National Museum of Art, which holds a fine collection of paintings, sculptures and engravings from some of Mozambique’s more established artists. The works date from the 1950s and include contemporary pieces from the acclaimed muralist Malangatana Ngwenya. A lifelong Marxist, he painted scenes depicting Mozambique’s struggles under an oppressive Portuguese rule. After visiting, you will return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking that will include some steps and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. It is usually quite hot and humid in Mozambique so weather appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Of special note, Mozambique is a third world country and while visiting is a rewarding experience, it differs greatly from other urban destinations such as those found in South Africa.

Guides receive no formal training and there are no guiding qualifications that must be met. Most guides do not have previous experience working with cruise ships. Many of the monuments and attractions you will see may fall under the category of “military or state defense sites” and pictures are not allowed. Please ask your guide for advice before taking any pictures as violating these rules are a serious offense.

Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo Walking Tour

Tour Code: MPM-006
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Stroll along the wide boulevards of Mozambique’s lovely capital, stopping at must-see attractions that include the ornate train station, central market and an 18th-century fortress.

After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief but scenic drive through Maputo, once known as Lourenco Marques after the Portuguese trader who explored this area in the 16th century. Upon arriving at the Central Railway Station, you will leave your coach behind and commence your guided walking tour here. There will be time for photos of this iconic mint-green structure, whose design is often mistakenly attributed to Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame). Regardless, it’s magnificent, especially its large dome and iron latticework.

From here, you’ll walk at a leisurely pace to the Central Market, a vibrant open-air setting filled with stands of exotic fruits and vegetables, tropical nuts, colorful spices and fresh fish. It’s a wonderful cacophony of sights and sounds, enhanced by a tinge of provocative aromas wafting through the air.

At the nearby Cafe Continental, you will have the opportunity to relax over a demitasse of espresso and a signature Maputo delicacy called a “pasteis de nata.” This custard tart pastry originated in Portugal, but has a distinct local flavor.

Finally, you will visit Maputo Fort, which the Portuguese built in the 19th century atop an earlier mud-and-pole stockade. The fort houses the remains of the last chief of the Nguni tribe, who ruled over the independent African kingdom of Gaza, which is now southern Mozambique. Afterwards, you will walk back to the ship with your guide.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 and 3/4 hours of moderate walking that will include some steps and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. It is usually quite hot and humid in Mozambique so weather appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Of special note, Mozambique is a third world country and while visiting is a rewarding experience, it differs greatly from other urban destinations such as those found in South Africa.

Guides receive no formal training and there are no guiding qualifications that must be met. Most guides do not have previous experience working with cruise ships. Many of the monuments and attractions you will see may fall under the category of “military or state defense sites” and pictures are not allowed. Please ask your guide for advice before taking any pictures as violating these rules are a serious offense. The Central Market is undergoing renovation work.

Maputo, Mozambique

Sights & Sounds of the Maputo Countryside

Tour Code: MPM-002
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 6 1/4 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Venture into rural Mozambique to a beautiful sanctuary reserve and enjoy a sumptuous luncheon hosted by a prominent Swiss family.

Your tour commences with a drive through bustling downtown Maputo, Mozambique's capital and largest city. The city is a melting pot of several cultures and you will have a chance to view several of the different faces that the city wears - from street traders and bustling markets where anything and everything can be found, to unofficial settlements, to the more peaceful suburbs. Before long, the natural beauty that lies beyond the city limits will also begin to unfold. The contrast is dramatic between the urban landscape and the rural countryside, where farming is communal. Traveling through this fertile land, it's hard to imagine that Mozambique was in the midst of a devastating civil war in the 1970s and 1980s.

As the country is undergoing a renewal, so too is the land, as you will see at Mucapana. Phillipe Gagnaux and his family are actively converting this former eucalyptus plantation into a sanctuary reserve by restoring its bush vegetation. Future plans for the sanctuary include reintroducing wildlife back into their natural habitat. Although the family is Swiss, they have deep ties to the land and Phillipe's father was a doctor who was very politically and socially involved in Mozambique. Sadly, Phillipe's father was killed during the civil war; however, the family continues with its ambitious goals for Mucapana.

While in the reserve, enjoy the Gagnaux's hospitality and a lively show of traditional drumming and dancing. Still, the highlight may well be the buffet luncheon of regional cuisine. Typical entrées include shrimp curry with cabbage, Mozambican meat curry with coconut, Zambezian-style roast chicken, and delicious pataniscas fish cakes.

Following lunch, you will rejoin your coach and travel back through the picturesque countryside to Maputo and your awaiting ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking over some muddy and uneven surfaces and there are a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight clothing; a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

Of special note - The coaches are maintained, although basic, and the quality can vary considerably. There is no formal guiding qualification required for Mozambique, and in order to support the local community we use local escorts/guides. Many of these escorts/guides do have previous experience in guiding for visiting cruise ships. Furthermore, although the majority of the roads are paved, you may encounter some with potholes or a few bumpy dirt roads.

Warning: Some of the international embassies and government buildings may be deemed military or state defense sites and you are not allowed to take pictures. There can be serious consequences for ignoring these rules so guests are advised to ask your tour guide first before taking any pictures.