The capital city and largest city in Mozambique, Maputo sits to the south of the country on the west side of Maputo Bay on the mouth of Tembe River. The mix of cultures built up over centuries from traders means that there is a combination of Bantu, Portuguese, Arab, Indian and Chinese people with a strong influence from neighbouring South Africa.
There are many lovely restaurants and cafes and busy local markets with a mix of accommodation levels. The surrounding coastline has some great beaches and dive spots.
Time: GMT +2 hours
No direct flights from the UK, but daily access is via Johannesburg or Dar Es Salaam. There are light aircraft connections to the more remote islands and reserves.
Language: Portuguese is widely spoken in Mozambique and remains the main language. English is understood in a few larger towns.
Most nationalities do need a visa for Mozambique
This is a malarial area and several vaccinations are receommended.