Location of Catembe Gallery Hotel in Maputo

The Catembe Gallery Hotel is situated right on the beach in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, is a magnet for South African tourists, particularly people from areas like Gauteng who never see the sea. Hotels in the city like the Polana and the Cardoso offer serene views of Maputo Bay. The Maputo Elephant Reserve, south of the city, is another traditional tourist attraction.

In Maputo city the shops and the central market, Bazar Central, are full of consumer goods. Visitors in the 1990s also noticed a proliferation of street traders selling everything from beer to refrigerators. This was relatively new, a result of the influx of destitute rural families who fled war and drought in the 1980s. In the 1990s, when the destabilising effects of apartheid in neighbouring South Africa vanished into the past, Mozambique became a nation at peace.

People no longer needed to fear the countryside and began returning to farming in their home areas. But this will take time. Towards the end of the 20th century the informal city markets were still a mechanism for survival and, although most were ugly blemishes, beautiful woodcarvings and paintings markets were a credit to the artistic creativity of the Mozambican people.

The Incomati is the most important river in the Maputo province of Mozambique. Others are the Umbeluzi, Tembe, Matola, Maputo and Futi. In the rainy season, between November and March, temperatures in Maputo can rise to 40C degrees. They drop to below 20C in July and August.

The Catembe Gallery Hotel provides for ferries from the Maputo side to the hotel on a regular basis. The boat is named 'Marisol' and is a catamaran with 2 outboard engines and 22 comfortable seats. The boat is located in the Maputo Marina (Escola Nautica), downtown the Mozambican capital. There is a signboard in the marina, mentioning the hours of departure and the next scheduled trips.

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