Today we make our way to Maputo, Mozambique’s capital and biggest city. Once settled in at our accommodation, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and set out to explore the sights of the city on a guided walking tour. A hub to the Indian Ocean, its economy is focused around the harbour. There is much to do and see here. The city is encircled by the province of Maputo, but is administrated as its own province. The city is located on the west side of the Maputo Bay, at the Tembe River mouth. The evening is spent enjoying a lovely dinner out and we get the opportunity to experience the night life of this fascinating city.
There are two beautiful islands, Inhance and Portuguese Island, that are situated just off Maputo’s coast. Under the influence of the Portuguese, Maputo transformed into one of the most gorgeous and trendy cities with a remarkable skyline of high buildings and a multicultural Portuguese/African atmosphere. Areas such as the Polana Hotel bustled with the chatting of socialites and nightclubs pumped music until the early hours of the morning. However, the Civil War during the 1970s and 1980s altered all of this. When peace eventually arrived, the once proud city was in ruins. Countless immigrants filled the buildings, litter was strewn all over the streets and primary services such as electricity, water and garbage collection were out of commission. Presently, the city is slowly being restored to its previous state. The elite can once more be found in the five-star Polana Hotel with its fantastic view overlooking the harbour, its tea gardens and its antique Victorian elevator.
There are various historical sites and buildings to visit here. Maputo’s most significant landmark is the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao (Our Lady of Conception) which was the centre of the original settlement. Another magnificent structure is the Central Railway Station, a massive building that appears as more of a palace for kings and queens rather than a transport hub for commuters. There are also some fantastic restaurants where you can indulge in tasty local beers and sumptuous fresh prawns.
Accommodation: Two Per Room: Afrin Prestige Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kruger National Park to Maputo
Included Highlight: Explore Maputo on Foot (self-guided walk)
Border Post: Mozambique: Lebombo, Tel: +258 2155 0010, Open: 06h00-18h00, South Africa: Komatipoort, Tel: +27 (013) 793-7201, Open: 06h00-18h00