Chief Vilankulo

Like many towns in Mozambique, Vilankulo takes its name from an early local chief (régulo), Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke. The name was rendered as ‘Vilanculos’ during colonial times but changed back to Vilankulo after independence. Bairro Mukoke (Mucoque), west of Millennium BIM, is named after Gamala Vilankulo’s son, who lived there.