Travel Photography - The Back Story
Mother and daughter walking home from the market in Maputo, Mozambique with tins of Lion Lager on their head.
It is not uncommon to see women carrying things on their head in Africa, but this candid street scene shows the first time I saw a little girl help her mother take the beer home, presumably for her father.
Usually the children carry water, or firewood to their destination.
Once this little girl gets better at carrying loads on her head, she will no doubt be able to walk upright with her hands free like mum.
Photo by Michel Guntern.
Plan Your Visit to Maputo, Mozambique
Maputo is the capital and largest city of Mozambique, a country located in south-eastern Africa.
It is situated in the southern part of the country along the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Maputo's architecture is a blend of styles, with colonial-era Portuguese buildings, art deco structures, and modern buildings all coexisting.
The city has undergone significant development in recent years, with the construction of new buildings and the renovation of historical landmarks.
Like many African cities, Maputo faces various challenges, including urban poverty, infrastructure development, and managing the effects of rapid urbanisation.
Mozambique, as a whole, has been working to improve its economy and infrastructure, and Maputo is at the centre of these efforts.
Maputo is known for its vibrant cultural scene, with various art galleries, museums, theatres, and music venues.
The city's nightlife is also lively, offering a mix of traditional African music and modern genres.
Tourists can explore historical sites such as the Maputo Fortress, the Central Railway Station, and the Municipal Market.
The city's natural beauty, including nearby beaches and nature reserves, attracts visitors as well.
Maputo is a major economic hub of Mozambique and plays a vital role in the country's economy.
The city is home to the Port of Maputo, one of the largest and busiest seaports in southern Africa, handling a significant portion of the country's imports and exports.
Maputo offers a diverse culinary experience, reflecting its cultural mix.
Visitors can enjoy delicious seafood, Portuguese-inspired dishes, and traditional Mozambican cuisine; which often includes various types of stews and rice-based dishes.
The city is located on the northern bank of the Maputo Bay, which serves as a natural harbour.
It is characterised by its beautiful beaches, palm-lined streets, and wide avenues.
Maputo was originally a small fishing village inhabited by the Ronga people.
In the late 19th century, it became the capital of Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique) and was known as 'Lourenço Marques' until 1976 when the country gained independence.
The city has a rich history influenced by various cultures, including Portuguese, Arab, and African.
Known for stunning beaches and a vibrant mix of cultures, Mozambique's popular tourist destinations include Bazaruto Archipelago, Inhambane, and Maputo.
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