Explore the pristine beaches in the south of the country on a trip to Maputo Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches and a popular tourist destination.
The northwestern end of the bay is defined by beaches facing west to the Mozambique Channel, and the bay is bordered by a lagoon that borders the coast from the Bay of Saint Lucia. From the bay of Maputo, an almost parallel marine reserve stretches from South Africa, where the Wetland Park begins, down to the southern coast.
A boat will take you through the wooded dunes to a sandy beach surrounded by a dense forest of trees and bushes.
Gorongosa Niassa is the only national park currently recommended for a unique safari experience, most other destinations in Mozambique are dedicated to the worship of sun, sea and sand. The biggest beach destination is Wimbi Beach, located at the southern end of the Bay of Maputo, just off the coast of the Bay of Saint Lucia.
For those who want luxury, an establishment is located on the island of Anantara Bazaruto, in a secluded bay, just off the coast of the Bay of Saint Lucia with all the amenities you could ask for.
Indigo Bay Island Resort is located in the beautiful archipelago of Bazaruto on mainland Mozambique and is surrounded by crystal clear waters teeming with coral reefs and marine life, making it a favourite destination for scuba diving and snorkelling. Housed in three beautiful historic villas overlooking a beautiful bay with stunning views of the Bay of Saint Lucia, a unique resort hides, and offers great destinations for families or romantic getaways.
The bay’s habitats include wetlands, fjords and a coral reef, as well as a variety of land animal species. Catembe Gallery Hotel is located in a quiet, secluded area nearby the attractions, with a Natural History Museum and Tunduru Gardens within walking distance.
The city of Maputo is located in the north and the fresh water flows into it from the partly controlled river Katembe, which is the most important source of water for the city. The bridge Maputo Katmbe, which was completed in 2018, spans the estuary and connects the two cities of Bazaruto and Maputa. Mapato Bay is a tidal dam and is affected by heavy rainfall and the associated runoff of rivers during the rainy season.
The city is surrounded by the province of Maputo and has been administered as an independent province since 1998. There is a relatively new international airport, which offers direct flights to several regional destinations, including Johannesburg, Swaziland and elsewhere. Alternatives include Bazaruto International Airport in Mozambique’s capital and the regional airport of the city of Mpumalanga.
Several holiday homes were built by South Africans on the peninsula opposite Maputo, some by the famous South African architect who designed the Cape Town Hotel Gauteng. He also ran the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and a number of other hotels in Mozambique.
The Portuguese, who founded a fortress and trading station on the north bank of the river then abandoned it and then reoccupied it, called themselves Lourenco Marques. Most of the streets in the city that were originally named after them have changed their names.
The Portuguese began to develop the city of Maputo at the end of the 19th century and declared it the capital, and the new Portuguese government granted independence. This meant the original locals being driven out in the 1970s and organising a series of rebellions against the Portuguese and their colonial rule in Mozambique and Angola.
The Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO), founded in Tanzania in 1962 and led by Eduardo Mondlane, fought for independence from Portuguese rule. Alienated from the Portuguese and their colonial rule in Angola, and fighting there and in other Portuguese colonies in Africa, many joined and supported the guerrilla war against the colonial administration, which eventually came to an end when Portugal’s own home-made revolution led its new left-wing government to abandon the remnants of its empire. In 1975, a military coup brought to power a government that was willing to continue the war against Portugal and its colonial masters in the region, and Moz Ambiental gained independence in 1976.