With an economy that centres on a thriving, working harbour, it is an eclectic melting pot of diverse cultures and influences and an ideal starting point on any trip to Mozambique. Formerly known as Lourenzo Marques, Maputo was considered one of Africa’s most beautiful and fashionable cities with an impressive high-rise skyline and a cosmopolitan atmosphere until it was ravaged by a civil war. Today Maputo is busy recapturing some of its former glory and travellers can experience the unique blend of Portugese, African and Middle Eastern cuisine and culture in its vibrant and bustling streets.
Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of tours and trips exploring Maputo’s turbulent history and most important landmarks, like the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao (Our Lady of Conception) which was the nucleus of the original settlement. Whether you’re exploring landmarks like the palatial Central Railway Station, getting lost in the busy market, enjoying the wild mix of interesting cuisine at the host of fantastic restaurants, including excellent fresh seafood, or experiencing an African safari at the nearby Maputo Elephant Reserve, you’ll find something to enthral you in this exotic, one-of-a-kind destination.