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Have you heard about the magical hour when the sun travels into hiding a constellation of dreamy colors on its path? Imagine contemplating this view from the sea as you enjoy a good glass of wine a special someone. Well, that is a just a part of what the Maputo Bay Tour has reserved for you.
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4:00 PM (to confirm because of tides)
We know you are that kind of person enjoying magical moments mother Earth and father Sun offer us every single day, so this experience is for you. Let’s meet at the harbor and sail together along Maputo’s Bay looking for the right place to enjoy the marvelous moment when sun goes down and the spectrum of color becomes the star of the moment. We will offer you some salty snacks to join a good wine at the time when day changes into night.
Come and join us exploring and enjoying an afternoon sunset on Maputo Bay. This is a lovely and relaxing experience with your family, friends and relatives.
We will the harbor at 16:00 pm, but always depending on the tides -don’t worry, we will inform you prior to departure.
Appreciate the white sands, sand banks, enjoy the view of Maputo and the new Catembe Bridge.
Included in this tour is our Mussiro’s host/guide, boat, snacks, wine, cooler box with ice (feel free to bring your own extra and special drinks), sunscreen and a jacket.
Soon when we get in our boat, the captain or skipper will give us a safety briefing before we start sailing.
Relax and have a glass of wine as we sail along Maputo Bay. They say life is measured by moments that take your breath not by breath that take your moment away, so this type of moments is a kind of moment that can take your breath away, whilst you enjoy the sun setting. And don’t forget your camera to take as many pictures as you can. Sunset is also known as sundown: it is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon due to Earth’s rotation.
The time of sunset varies throughout the year, and is determined by the viewer’s position on Earth, specified by longitude and latitude, and elevation. Small daily changes and noticeable semi-annual changes in the timing of sunsets are driven by the axial tilt of Earth, daily rotation of the Earth, the planet’s movement in its annual elliptical orbit around the Sun, and the Earth and Moon’s paired revolutions around each other. During Winter and Spring, the days get longer and sunsets occur later every day until the day of the latest sunset, which occurs after the summer solstice.
As a ray of white sunlight travels through the atmosphere to an observer, some of the colors are scattered out of the beam by air molecules and airborne particles, changing the final color of the beam the viewer sees. Because the shorter wavelength components, such as blue and green, scatter more strongly, these colors are preferentially removed from the beam.
At sunrise and sunset, when the path through the atmosphere is longer, the blue and green components are removed almost completely, leaving the longer wavelength orange and red colour we see at those times. The remaining reddened sunlight can then be scattered by cloud droplets and other relatively large particles to light up the horizon red and orange.
Sunset on other planets appear different because of differences in the distance of the planet from the sun and non-existent or differing atmospheric compositions.
On Mars, for example, the setting Sun appears about two-thirds the size it appears on earth because of its greater distance from the Sun. The colors are typically hues of blue, but some Martian sunsets last significantly longer and appear far redder than is typical on Earth. The colors of the Martian sunset differ from those on Earth. Mars has a thin atmosphere, lacking oxygen and nitrogen.
As we sail along Maputo Bay, enjoy the view of the new built Catembe Bridge. This great piece of the architecture is a suspension bridge across Maputo Bay and connects the Mozambican capital Maputo, on the northern back, with its disjunct suburb of Katembe on the southern bank. Construction work began in 2014 and the bridge officially opened in November 10, 2018.The construction work was carried out by the Chinese Company. The bridge is the longest suspension on the African continent, replacing the Matadi Bridge completed in 1983 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Although Katembe belongs to the city of Maputo, the spatial separation of the two parts has an immense impact. While Maputo, especially the city centre, is heavily urbanised and has a good two million inhabitants on the north bank of the city, most of the buildings on the south side are one-storeyed, the roads are unpaved and there is a lot of undeveloped space.
With the completion of the bridge and the extension of the road to Ponta do Ouro, a massive population growth of up to 400,000 inhabitants is forecasted for Katembe. The entire southern shore is also to be urbanised.
The extension of the road to Ponta do Ouro and KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) is intended to massively shorten the travel time. A joint tourism plan with the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal and the Kingdom of Swaziland aims to attract more visitors to southern Mozambique.
Maputo, officially named Lourenco Marques until 1976, is the capital and most populous city of Mozambique. Maputo is situated on a large natural bay on the Indian Ocean, near where the rivers Tembe, Mbuluzi, Matola convege. The city consists of seven administrative divisions.
The area on which Maputo stands was first settled as a fishing village by ancient Tsonga people. It was soon named Lourenço Marques, after the navigator of the same name who explored the area in 1544. The modern city traces its origins to a Portuguese fort established on the site in 1781. A town grew around the fort starting around 1850, and in 1877 it was elevated to city status. In 1898, the colony of Portuguese Mozambique relocated its capital there. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lourenço Marques grew both in population and economic development as a port city. Upon Mozambican independence in 1975, the city became the national capital and was renamed Maputo. During the Mozambican Civil War, the city’s economy was devastated. When the war ended, the FRELIMO government launched a program to revive the city’s economy, and to clean up the city by forcibly removing criminals, squatters, and undocumented residents. Since then, Maputo’s economy has recovered and stability has returned, though crime remains a problem.
After sun sets we will start sailing back to the harbor, you can experience a different feeling of the view of Maputo at night, the brilliant colours after the sun has gone down.
Our day will end at the harbor; if you want help on organizing a taxi to take you back to your hotel or accommodation, please let us know.