Originally named Lourenzo Marques, Maputo used to be one of the most beautiful and romantic destinations along Africa’s east coastline; time and war in the 1970’s and 1980’s has taken its toll and the city has lost some of its glamour but none of its energy. Maputo is a melting pot of cultures and though not really frequented by international tourists (as they normally pass through the airport on their way to the beaches and island lodges) well worth a visit if time permits.
As the capital city of Mozambique, Maputo is the heart of southern Mozambique; it is not only the largest city in the country but also home to its most important harbour. Set at the mount of a river, Maputo is only 90km north of the South African border. The Portuguese-style layout of the city remains with its wide avenues dotted with trees but the ambience is pure modern Africa with the same hustle and bustle of other leading cities on the continent.
Bargain hunters will love the city’s colourful markets and foodies will delight in the fresh and delicious local dishes inspired by the tastes of Portugal. Some landmarks to look out for in the city include the Central Railway Station, reputed to be one of the most beautiful in the world, the National Art Museum and the charming botanical garden of Jardim Tunduru.
Fly into Maputo on scheduled flights from many African cities including OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
From Maputo you can take a day trip to Inhaca Island, just 40km out to sea for a marvellous snorkelling and diving experience. This beautiful island is home to forests as well as some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world – swim amongst the brilliantly-hued tropical fish for an experience of a lifetime.
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