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Old 08-18-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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Just curious, why would you recommend Luanda? For what purposes?

For whatever reason, I'm under the impression that Mozambique has way more pleasant cities, with a more Portuguese colonial touch to them. But, I've never had that impression with Angola.

I think of Luanda as just something that has risen out of the ashes, and probably has a very recent construction and lacking the historical context of Colonial architecture and such...but

Am I wrong in my impressions?
Both cities date to the 16th century but I have no idea how much of historic Luanda is left.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Allendale MI
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I've also heard that Maputo has less violent crime than Johannesburg.
That isn't hard to accomplish.
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:21 AM
 
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That isn't hard to accomplish.
Voted least friendly city in the world >.< At least Cape Town came in the top 10
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I recently watched an older episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. He made a stop in Mozambique for a show. Seemed like the place has very nice people with a lot of natural beauty. One city in particular looked like it could have been a tourist destination, but i can't remember the name of it.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I recently watched an older episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. He made a stop in Mozambique for a show. Seemed like the place has very nice people with a lot of natural beauty. One city in particular looked like it could have been a tourist destination, but i can't remember the name of it.
Found 8 minutes of it on youtube...cool.


Anthony Bourdain Visita Maputo - YouTube
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Yes many times. It's a pretty city and very safe. Just brush up a bit on your portuguese. but if you don't, don't worry. a lot of people speak and understand english over there.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Yes many times. It's a pretty city and very safe. Just brush up a bit on your portuguese. but if you don't, don't worry. a lot of people speak and understand english over there.
Is it safe as well?

I assumed all the regular precautions.

One thing I've been reading about, is Police Corruption. I guess many foreigners will get stopped, and they will be required to show their Passport. However, carrying or handing over your passport is not recommended. Apparently, according the Lonely Planet guidebooks, it's recommended that you immediately make a copy of your visa (once stamped into your passport) and your ID page of your passport...and NOTARIZE them immediately. Then carry those around.

Just seeing if you've heard of that, heard of others doing that, or heard of police corruption.

From most other accounts, I've heard that as far as African Capitals go, Maputo is certainly better than most. Not sure how relative that is though...
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:56 PM
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Found 8 minutes of it on youtube...cool.


Anthony Bourdain Visita Maputo - YouTube
I saw this episode. Beautiful and sad at the same time. The remnants of war are still around and there is alot of poverty. Mozambique has its tragic history. On the other hand, one doesn't feel a high sense of anger that one might feel in other places.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Mozambique
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Come, Mozambique is nice. Iam a Mozambican and living up north of the country. You can visite nice places in our country, like Bazaruto Island, Pemba Beach, Vilanculo Beachnd we have só many lodges in some islands in the north Province of cabo del gado (where Anadarko is operating). I can take you to many places if you want when you are around. Cheers!
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:24 AM
 
Location: South Africa
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Ive been there plenty and did quite a few contracts in Mozambique. I prefer the north. Maputo has some great restaurants. The city is very run down like all towns in Mozambique and we had offices and would stay on the north in the Sommerschield area.

I guess for a visit it is nice but I had enough of working in African countries. It tires quickly: the dirt, things that don't work, the corruption, red tape, mismanagement incompetence, laziness and idleness, beggars, traffic etc. It just isn't worth the money and I don't need the money that bad to put up with it. Out in the bush is fine, but the cities are horrible. The more people around you the worse it gets because the people are the cause of most of the problems.
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