Maputo Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences
Located on the west side of Maputo Bay is Maputo, a port city on the Indian Ocean. It is the capital and largest city in the country and is considered by many to be one of Africa’s most attractive capitals to be seen on a Mozambique vacation.
The existing town dates to around 1850, however Portuguese traders and explorers established forts as early as the 16th century. These explorers were originally attracted by rumors of the discovery of pearls in the waters near Maputo. The city was initially called Lourenço Marques and beginning in the 20th century, under Portuguese rule, it developed into a well equipped and successful sea port. The area became an important artistic centre attracting famous architects like Gustav Eiffel who designed and built in the city. In February 1976, months after Mozambique achieved independence, the city was renamed Maputo.
Today Maputo has been nicknamed the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” and the “City of Acacias” referring to the many acacia trees found throughout the region. The economy is still very much built around the harbour. Both rural and urban ways of life exist in Maputo, this is evident in the varying architectural styles found ranging from old colonial palaces to high-rise structures. Maputo benefits from hosting many different cultures and offers a lively, yet laid back atmosphere on a Mozambique vacation.
Mozambique Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to travel to Mozambique.
Learn about the history and culture of Mozambique, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Mozambique's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Mozambique for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Mozambique vacations today!
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