Discover the magic of Maputo Mozambique

Mozambique’s Cosmopolitan Harbour City

Join Voyage2Africa to discover the magic of Maputo on one of our very special deals on hotels and lodges in this capital city of Mozambique. Travel to Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo, is about luxury hotel accommodation for leisure and business clients who want more than just a bed. We share the best places to stay here and we also book flights and conferences for beach and safari packages that take you to see the very best of Mozambique!

Your experience in this cosmopolitan city brings back memories of historical milestones. Remember the name, Lourenco Marques, and enormous prawns and langoustines? Remember the likes of Winston Churchill and decades of war and destruction?

Maputo History and Geography

Visit stimulating Maputo, brimming with war history, oozing late development and boasting growing tourism. The city was initially named after Portuguese trader, Lourenço Marques, who first reached the area in 1544. In 1895, a railroad linked the city to Pretoria and the gold-rush areas of South Africa and by 1907 it was the capital of Mozambique.

Maputo has now been the capital of Mozambique for nearly 120 years and is home to the country’s most important natural harbour. Only 90 km from the border of South Africa, this harbour is found at the mouth of the Santo River in the extreme south and was initially known as Delagoa Bay. Vasco da Gama discovered the bay in 1498 and today it is an important transport centre for trade to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Botswana. 


  • Visit the port and see what is going on – take a walk to the picturesque beaches from there, where you can surf the strong waves and meet some locals selling fresh cashew nuts. 
  • You can reach Praia da Macaneta beach by boat from Maputo or by road to Marracuene, just 30 km north with views over the Nkomati River – catch a ferry first to the other side of the river, then drive for eight kilometres to the beach!
  • Set off on foot to explore Maputo and meet like-minded people – residents, visitors, businesspeople, tourists, and children. It is a picturesque city with its wide streets from the colonial era, huge jacaranda trees, bougainvillaeas and street vendors plying their trades.
  • Catch a glimpse of Casa do Ferro, the Iron House, which is completely made from iron – a house designed by the same man who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris! This was the governor’s house in the late 19th century but in the end, it was too hot for him to live therein, and he had to move.

Maputo is humming as the must-see destination for the serious, the solo and the leisure traveller – and Maputo is for you. Maputo is one of Mozambique’s great tourist attractions and we offer the best deals on superb hotel accommodation plus special business and leisure packages. Bring your friends and have a blast in this city where all cultures meet and greet. Enjoy warm Mozambican hospitality and breathtaking scenery. It’s easy to get to by air and on good, tarred roads from South Africa’s Durban and Johannesburg.  

Mozambique’s Flamboyant Capital City

Experience the uniqueness of Mozambique hospitality, its flamboyance and its style. Find diverse and accessible accommodation in Maputo, from warm guest houses and friendly Bed and Breakfasts to funky beach lodges and plush international hotels, the city rings with life and culture.

Taste spicy tropical cuisine and dance the night away at exotic and vibrant nightclubs. Walk the busy streets, lined with cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and casinos. Stroll along the picturesque beachfront, trying out numerous activities for water sports enthusiasts and explorers. Maputo is the gateway to Mozambique island and beach holidays. Start your holiday of a lifetime here and choose your next destination.

Maputo is full of surprises and from here, you can take interesting day trips to destinations like Maputo Special Reserve, South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Inhaca Island by boat to marvel at its innate biodiversity or Santa Maria Peninsula by boat to enjoy lavish self-catering villas in the dune forests and wild fishing at the estuary.

Maputo is brimming with architectural excellence dating back to colonial days when the Portuguese ruled this East African country:

  • St Anthony’s Church in the heart of the city – the Indian pioneers who were some of the first settlers in Mozambique influenced the design of this historical and religious building.
  • Museum of Natural History – view the taxidermy assortment of wildlife and the famous display of the way an elephant forms in gestation – elephant foetuses are a huge drawcard here. 
  • San Sebastian Fortress – built decades ago to protect Maputo Bay from Spanish and German colonial marauders. South Africa helped to build the fortress.
  • The railway station – view the first-ever train that journeyed from Maputo to Pretoria! Sit at the traditional station bar to enjoy jazz evenings or simply have a drink and talk about the old Lourenco Marques days.

Family Holidays to Maputo

Take your family on a captivating coastal city tour to the gorgeous landmarks and beaches of Maputo, a hive of social activity, divine prawns, coconut-flavoured dishes and funky nightlife.  Take the kids to see the colourful markets, beaches, the vibey harbour and some interesting road cafes. Stay on top hotels with swimming pools and decks, organised kids’ activities and spa treatments for the older folks. A few days in Maputo are refreshing, educational and active too – quite a thrill for families and friends who want to be out on the streets, in local cafes and swimming in warm waters all day long.   

We show you top-of-the-range hotels and guest houses in this region where children will feel in awe and want to run free. There are snorkelling adventures, boat rides, island excursions and day trips to Maputo Special Reserve. Visit the local people and taste their food. It’s a diverse holiday in paradise and family suites are available wherever you go!

The Best Of The Best Safaris to Maputo

Plan a Mozambique tour and safari with Voyage2Africa, the African travel experts, and enjoy signature experiences to premier city and beach destinations south of the equator. We bring you thrilling adventures in the cosmopolitan streets of Maputo, then resting time to photograph the captivating seascape. Choose a fancy ocean-view hotel with luxury facilities and get ready to explore more of Maputo soon. We offer you some of the best special packages in Mozambique to expand your holiday in true African style. 

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