Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens, Maputo - Stein Travel
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Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens

The Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens, located in downtown Maputo, offers a welcome shady retreat on steamy tropical days - and cannot help but hark back to the Mozambican capital's more grandiose past. The gardens were designed in 1885 by Thomas Honney - who in his career also designed gardens for the King of Greece and the Sultan of Turkey - and are exquisitely laid out, if at times a little overgrown. A fantastic place to go on a picnic, or just to escape the midday heat, the Tunduru Gardens also feature a tennis court and a statue of Mozambique's first president Samora Machel.

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Language

Portuguese is the official language, and there are 13 main national languages spoken. English is taught in secondary schools, but is only spoken in the southern tourist regions.

Money

The official currency is the New Metical (MZN), which is divided into 100 centavos. In the southern parts of the country, South African Rand, US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are also accepted to pay for accommodation. Credit cards are accepted in some upmarket hotels in Maputo, but facilities throughout the rest of the country are limited; it is advisable to carry cash or travellers cheques. ATMs are limited and tend to be unreliable, but local banks have branches in most cities.

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