Maputo (previously Lourenzo Marques) is the sprawling capital of Mozambique, with a population of about two million people and a large harbour. Several rivers meet the sea Maputo and two islands (Inhaca and Portuguese Island) lie just off the coast.
In 1898 central authority for the country was transferred from Mozambique Island to Lourenzo Marques and the city quickly became established as the trade and industry centre and as a port to serve the gold fields of South Africa. In the early days transport riders made the perilous journey with ox and wagons, but when the rail link was constructed, transport became safer and more profitable.
Under Portuguese influence, Lourenzo Marques became one of Africa’s most beautiful and fashionable cities with an impressive skyline of tall buildings and a cosmopolitan Portuguese/African atmosphere. But the war in the 1970s and 1980s changed all that. When peace finally came, the once proud city was in terrible disrepair. Today the city is slowly recreating some of its former glory.
The Maputo Elephant Reserve is potentially one of Mozambique's most important natural treasures. Today the Park has some leopards, antelope, crocodiles, hippos, side-striped jackals, duiker, zebra, kudu, baboons and bushpigs. It is renowned for its herds of elephants and large flocks of flamingos as well as a variety of other waterbirds. The elephants are larger than the usual African Elephants and have succeeded in surviving the years of war by moving down the Futi channel into South Africa. They have now returned in large numbers to this area.
Tailormade Holidays to Maputo
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This famous hotel offers an ideal venue for both business and leisure travelers. A major feature of the hotel is the large outdoor pool, which is surrounded by spacious gardens and terrace that enjoys stunning views over the bay and city of Maputo.
Built in 1922 along sweepingly splendid lines, the magnificent Polana Serena Hotel has long been considered one of Africa’s finest hotels.
The rich Portuguese heritage of Maputo, Mozambique, flows through the décor, detail and hospitality of Southern Sun Maputo. .
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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