Maputo, formerly known as Lourenço Marques, is Mozambique’s capital and biggest city.
It is renowned as the City of Acacias and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean because of the acacia trees that line its avenues.
It is Mozambique’s biggest metropolis and the country’s most significant port. It is located in the extreme south, 90 kilometers from the South African border, near the mouth of the Santo River.
Maputo – Info Card
|POPULATION :||City: 1,766,184|
|TIME ZONE :||CAT (UTC+2)|
|LANGUAGE :||Portuguese 8.8% (official), Emakhuwa 26.1%, Xichangana 11.3%, Elomwe 7.6%, Cisena 6.8%, Echuwabo 5.8%, Other 33.6 %|
|RELIGION :||Catholic 23.8%, Muslim 17.8%, Zionist Christian 17.5%, other 17.8%, none 23.1%|
|AREA :||346.77 km2 (133.89 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||47 m (154 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||25°58′S 32°35′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 49.35%|
• Female: 50.65%
|ETHNIC :||African 99.66% (Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena), Europeans 0.06%, Euro-Africans 0.2%, Indians 0.08%|
|AREA CODE :||21|
|POSTAL CODE :||1100|
|DIALING CODE :||+258 21|
Tourism in Maputo
The metropolitan area seems tiny and dense in compared to other Sub-Saharan African cities, with large avenues and ancient trees. People are out and about on the streets, strolling, driving, and going about their daily lives. With minimal begging and a plethora of street vendors and marketplaces, the mood is healthy and energetic. During the day, there is no major police presence.
There are few visitors, and the vibe may be as much South American as it is African at times. Buildings vary from antique colonial mansions to modern high-rises, but the predominant style is Stalinist-looking concrete-walled boxes with rusted security bars and poorly faded paint. Fortunately, they tend to blend into the background, and there are enough historic buildings and beautiful gardens (cycads, coleus, flamboyant, jacaranda, bouganvillea, and so on) to create a lovely, though shabby, atmosphere. The Pancho Guedes designs are particularly noteworthy and should not be missed: Guadiesque, bizarre, and tough to locate.
Catembe and Ponta d’Ouro are two great beaches to visit. It’s extremely joyful in these environments, and they’re normally secure, but keep an eye out for pickpockets and don’t bring valuables with you on a beach walk. Scuba diving is available in Ponta D’Ouro and Ponta Malongane, which feature either campsites or chalets directly on the beach.
Climate of Maputo
Maputo’s climate is tropical savanna.
Maputo is a rather dry city, with an annual rainfall of 814 millimetres (32.0 inches).
The rainy season in the city is very brief, lasting from November to March.
Geography of Maputo
Maputo sits on the west side of Maputo Bay, near the Estuário do Esprito Santo, which is where the rivers Tembe, Umbeluzi, Matola, and Infulene meet.
The bay is 95 kilometers long (59 miles) and 30 kilometers broad (19 miles).
The island of Inhaca is located to the east of the city and bay.
The municipality of Maputo covers 346 square kilometers (134 square miles) and is bordered on the northeast and east by the city of Matola, the districts of Marracuene to the north, Boane to the east, and Matutune to the south, all of which are part of Maputo Province.
The city is located 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the South African border at Ressano Garcia and 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Swaziland border in Namaacha.
Internet, Comunication in Maputo
On 95.5 MHz, the BBC World Service broadcasts English (and some Portuguese) language radio transmissions. On 87.8 MHz, local radio station LM Radio transmits entirely in English. Play mostly golden oldies.
Given the expensive expense of internet connection in Africa, and the fact that hotels may give it for a fee or with restricted gratis data packages, it’s good to know that there are a few locations in Maputo that provide it.