This popular tourist destination was named Lourenco Marques, until 1976. It is the capital and most populous city of Mozambique. It was named after chief Maputsu I of the Tembe clan, a subgroup of Tsonga people. It is situated near the southern end of the country. It is positioned within the Eswatini and South African borders.
The Maputo metropolitan area includes the neighbouring city of Matola. It is a port city with its economy cantered on commerce. This destination is noted to have a vibrant cultural scene and a distinctive architecture. You will never get bored in the capital.
It is located on a large natural bay on the Indian Ocean, near where the rivers Tembe, Mbuluzi, Matola and Infulene converge. The capital city is a melting pot for several cultures. Bantu and Portuguese cultures dominate the city but influences of Arab, Indian and Chinese cultures are also felt.
Your trip to Maputo would not be complete without a visit to the most important cultural and artist centre in the town. The Mozambique National Library has the oldest collection of artists in the country.
The national library has a beautifully curated exhibition from paintings to sculptures. Painters such as Malangatana Ngwenya and sculptors such as Alberto Chissano are part of the artists honoured in the library. Its renowned art objects, the Chair of the African King and the Tree of Life, were shown around the world.
For travellers who are film enthusiasts, the town is home to the Dockanema Documentary Film Festival, and international festival showcasing documentary films from around the world. Slip away from the family and take a walk around the peaceful Tunduru Gardens.
Finish your trip off at the Museu de Historia Natural to learn more about the wildlife in the country. The town is more than happy to provide an affordable experience to visitors. With friendly locals and a welcoming atmosphere, you are guaranteed to extend your trip for a few more days.