Day Trips in MaputoEdit This
The coastal city of Maputo is the capital of Mozambique. Maputo day trips can be exotic or urban depending on the preference of the traveler. Maputo is considered a vibrant African city with many interesting activities.
Head to the Beach
Maputo is located on the waters of the Indian Ocean, and beach activities are a big part of life. There are some truly beautiful beaches in Maputo, and the government works hard to maintain the quality. Swimming in the sea is encouraged as the waters are clean and the water temperature is very comfortable. There are a number of private beaches in the area for people to rent a cabana for the day. Mozambique is fairly close to the equator, so people from cooler climates might have a hard time getting used to the sun. The cabanas provide shade, and workers from the hotels provide water and snacks to the vacationers. Snorkeling is also another popular endeavor to try since there is a fair amount of aquatic life in the water.
A Mixture of Changing Times
The city is bustling with a wide variety of architecture and gardens. Taking a walking tour of the city can be exciting. The city itself can be navigated fairly comfortably from one end to the other. Maputo is said to be a combination of the Latin America and Africa. There are a number of colonial places built in the city. For example, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to settle in Mozambique and brought their style with them. The Stalinist-area buildings stand next to the colonial palaces, hinting of the city’s revolutionary past. Completing the skyline are modern skyscrapers, with 19th century gardens nestled between them.
Elephants in Maputo Elephant Reserve, Mozambique
photo by: Kerry Butler
One of the most rewarding day trips around Maputo is a guided tour through the Maputo Elephant Reserve. Mozaic Travel has the best guides with the highest chances of encountering Elephants, Hippos and much more. The advantage of going to the Reserve over Kruger Park is you will not require a visa to come back into Mozambique
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Macaneta Beach is on a tropical peninsula just outside of Maputo. You can take a boat down the Incomati River to the point where it almost meets the see. The day trip culminates with a seafood lunch and plenty of time to walk it off before travelling back to Maputo. Tours Maputo has been leading this popular day trips for over a decade.
Maputo is a fascinating mix of the old colonial Portuguese Art-deco, the communist era, and now the new modern Maputo starting to construct itself from the ruins left after decades of war. The Maputo City day tour is the perfect day trip that takes in the old fort, the famous train station featured in Leonardo di Caprio's "Blood Diamond", the botanical gardens, Eiffel's Iron House and much more. In three hours our English and/or Portuguese-speaking-guides will show you the highlights of this fascinating city.
Mafalala is a Maputo suburb that highlights that old and the new Mozambique, the pre and post-colonial Mozambique, the Christian, Muslim and Animist Mozambique, the foods, the dances, the hardships and the joy. In these matrixed laneways many of Mozambique's most famous and influential people were born, and then nurtured. Spending a few hours in this unique Maputo suburb you'll quickly appreciate why so many figures emerged from this small bairro.
Kruger Park is only 110km from Maputo, leaving early from your hotel or home pick-up we still have plenty of time to arrive in the park to see the animals' early morning movement. After morning game spotting there is time for a small lunch before tracking more game as the afternoon sets in. Kruger Park is one of Africa's great game viewing parks, during a day trip you are almost certainly going to encounter Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalo, a range of deers, and vast birdlife. It is also common to encounter other members of the famous Big 5, including Rhinos, Lions, and more.
Maputo Elephant Reserve
Take this unique camping trip through one of Africa's most deserted Animal Reserves. The safari leads through some of the toughest 4x4 terrain as we pass from Mozambique's capital to deserted beaches. On the way you'll see elephants, zebras, monkeys, a range of deer, and a huge range of bird species. Once on the coast, during whale season, you'll see Humpback whales jumping in out of the water. Our overnight camp site is pure African Safari.
Xefina Island, only 4km from Maputo's coastal suburb of Triunfo, is often referred to as Mozambique's Robben Island. It has a chequered past. The Portuguese built a military base on the island and photos of the ruins of the cannons falling into the sea is one of the lingering images of the island. After independence the island's military base was used to imprison political prisoners. One room is famously called the "Torture Room". In the centre of the island the ruins are more of the old military base and one wall feature the large faded emblem of the former Portuguese rule. The more..