The Maputo Province
The Maputo Province has a bit of everything – a large but charming and pretty city, wilderness areas of elephants, buck, hippos and more, uninhabited islands of pristine beauty and fantastic marine reserves. It’s certainly one of the most attractive and popular provinces to visit in Mozambique.
Maputo Province is the southern-most province of Mozambique, and the province that contains the country’s largest and busiest city, Maputo. Maputo is Mozambique’s capital city and is often described as one of the most scenic capitals in Africa. The warm Indian Ocean is on its doorstep, along with some picturesque beaches that stretch along the shores of Maputo Bay. Visitors have several lovely options for accommodation right at the seaside.
Besides being the place of the capital city, the province of Maputo is especially well known and popular for its Machangulo Peninsula, Inhaca Island and Portuguese Island. The peninsula harbours a pristine, natural environment ideal for fantastic holidays on sandy beaches, snorkelling, diving and wildlife viewing. The area includes the Machangulo Private Nature Reserve that covers approximately half of the peninsula and a marine reserve that serves to protect the endangered leatherback and loggerhead turtles as well all other sea fauna and flora. This is one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy a plethora of marine and wildlife encounters in one place.
The islands are very close to the peninsula and boat trips to see their lovely beaches and various other attractions are very popular. Portuguese Island is a deserted little paradise, but on Inhaca, you can visit the Biology Station, the Inhaca Lighthouse, the Santa Maria Wall and the mangrove swamps.
Another little island in Maputo Bay is Xefina Grande that can actually be reached during low tide without the help of a boat. However, you don’t want to end up stuck on the island should the tide rise unexpectedly, so most people enjoy the little trip by boat.
To the south of the Machangulo Private Nature Reserve is the Maputo Special Reserve (formerly known as the Maputo Elephant Reserve). The reserve is approximately 77,000 hectares in size and was originally established to protect its herds of elephant. Today, however, it protects many more animal species, including zebra, antelope, crocodiles, hippos and various kinds of small buck, such as steenbok and red duiker. The birds of the area are also phenomenal to see. In the future, the Maputo Special Reserve may be combined with the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area.
The Maputo Province is ready to welcome you to its beautiful beaches, warm ocean and sunny weather throughout the year. If Mozambique is one of the destinations on your holiday bucket list, this part of the country is well worth consideration. With its many attractions, scenic capital city, marine life and wildlife, it has something special for every visitor. Contact East Cape Tours for all further information – we are here to answer all your questions and to help make your vacation an especially memorable time.
Maputo Province Attractions
Maputo is certainly one of Africa’s most vibrant, colourful and attractive capital cities. You can spend hours browsing through its many delightful markets, shopping in upmarket centres, sipping coffee or cocktails in sidewalk cafes, fulfilling your hunger at one of the many restaurants or enjoying some cultural or historical entertainment. Although a big and busy city, it somehow seems to manage a fairly relaxed approach to life and the local people create a friendly atmosphere that always welcomes visitors. Here are a few of the places you can visit in Maputo.
Attractions in Maputo
- The Museum of Natural History.
- The Train Station.
- The Old Fortress.
- The National Museum of Art.
- The Municipal and Fish Markets.
- The National Money Museum.
- The Louis Trichardt Trek Memorial.
- The Tunduru Botanical Gardens.
Maputo Province Accommodation
Your place of accommodation in the Maputo Province is half the fun as the hotels are beautifully positioned for the best views of the Indian Ocean and are impeccably designed with all the latest features. Some of the upmarket facilities the hotels offer include fitness centres, business centres, swimming pools, beauty salons and day spas, restaurants and coffee shops and gift shops. The Southern Sun Maputo, Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo and Polana Serena Hotel are three fantastic options for accommodation in Maputo, while the White Pearl Resorts is an exclusive beach resort towards the south of the province. Some of the magnificent activities available at this resort include pinnacle reef diving, ocean safaris, horse riding and turtle nesting walks (seasonal).