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Xai-Xai is a city in the south of Mozambique. Until 1975, the city was named João Belo. It is the capital of Gaza Province. As of 2007 it has a population of 116,343.HistoryPortuguese ruleXai-Xai, formerly João Belo, developed in the early 1900s, under Portuguese rule, as a companion port to Lourenço Marques (currently Maputo), though its economic significance was never on par with Mozambique's largest city. Before independence from Portugal in 1975, Xai-Xai was known as João Belo, in the Overseas Province of Mozambique. João Belo grew and developed under Portuguese rule as a port, agricultural and industrial centre (rice and cashew were harvested and processed), a provider of services, including a district hospital and banking, and an administrative centre. Tourism was also important with beaches and hotels. In 1970, the city had 63,949 inhabitants.Post-independence from PortugalIt was hit hard by the 2000 Limpopo floods, with some buildings 3m under water. However, shortly after the waters receded the town was opened for business again.GeographyXai-Xai is located close to the Indian Ocean, on the Limpopo River. It is from the capital, Maputo, and is in a wide, fertile plain where rice is grown. It is at an elevation of.Xai-Xai is situated away from Donguene, away from Macandene, away from Chiluane and away from Tavene.Our Mozambique online tour builder combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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