Travel Guide – Your Questions Answered on Inhambane

Castelo do Mar Inhambane Mozambique

Inhambane is one of those comfortable Mozambique holiday towns loved by South Africans and other travellers. Not only is it a place of historical wonder but so too is it a place of sunshine, blue seas and fantastic accommodation options. There is also so much to do in Inhambane, the diving and fishing centre for holidaymakers all year round.

It was Vasco da Gama who called it ‘Land of the Gentle People’ all those years ago when he pulled into this beautiful Mozambique bay to get supplies. The Portuguese set up a trading post here and now Inhambane has the largest fleet of working dhows in the country.

Getting to Inhambane:

You can drive or fly in to Inhambane from Johannesburg and Maputo. Most roads are accessible by normal cars but some lodges require a 4×4 vehicle to get in. You drive more than 1 000 kilometres from Johannesburg, 580 kilometres from Kruger and 480 kilometres from Maputo. The Inhambane airport is busy with regular flights from South Africa, Maputo and overseas.

Getting to Inhambane beaches from the town is easy as Tofo and Barra Peninsula are located a close 25 kilometres away. Get to the hidden gems of Guinjata Bay, Jangamo Beach and Pandane Beach with a 4×4 vehicle and the Pomene estuary where unspoilt beaches and great fishing are yours for the taking. Contact one of our consultants today to arrange your Inhambane holiday.

Come to this historic city with its old architecture, its magnificent white beaches and vibrant nightlife. You can choose solitude out of season or a raucous crowded time in season – South Africans flock into Inhambane for their annual Mozambique Easter and Christmas holidays!

Don’t forget your visas, passports and sense of humour when travelling into Mozambique. Always bring sun cream, hats, malaria medication and insect repellent. Book your Inhambane holiday break in Mozambique today!

Travel Guide – Your Questions Answered on Tofo

Baia Sonambula

Tofo is a picturesque village close to Inhambane, known for its fantastic surfing, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. There are great pubs and restaurants where you can while away the time sipping local beer, sampling grilled prawns and crayfish – and just chilling.

It is worth taking a visit to Inhambane for a dhow cruise around the harbour and a walk through the historical architecture, meeting friendly local people. Tofo is very popular with South African divers who come in their droves during school holidays to see the dolphins, Whale sharks and Manta rays. Tofo beach is ideal for swimming and most accommodation is on the beach while Tofino Beach is smaller and most accommodation is raised on the dunes – a great fly fishing beach.

Getting to Tofo:

The nearest town to Tofo is Inhambane and the Inhambane airport is 24 kilometres away. LAM flights land here regularly from Maputo and Johannesburg. You can also self-drive all the way from Johannesburg on tar roads but some lodges will need a 4×4 to get in. Tofo itself can be accessed on tar and gravel roads. Get the bus from Inhambane to Tofo if you are stuck. Contact one of our expert consultants to assist you with your travel plans.

What to do in Tofo:

You can chat to people back home on the slow internet connection; you can visit the local market and find fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood straight from the local boats. Accommodation is mostly self-catering, plus the resident hotel of course and some guest houses. There are three dive schools (activity centres) in Tofo that cater for beginner to expert divers.

Take a walk to Tofino beach, not even one kilometre away and explore its rocky headland where you can surf and fish for kingfish for hours.
You can make use of the banks in Inhambane, the post office, and the internet cafe. Use your Visa card to get cash at the ATM.

What to bring:

Passport, visa, insect repellent, malaria medication, hats, sun creams, swimming costumes, light cool clothing, cash and visa cards.

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Maputo Weekend Breaks

Maputo Coast

The capital city of Mozambique, Maputo, is a trendy place for a weekend break. South Africans, Africans and other travellers love its diverse accommodation, cosmopolitan vibes, its stunning setting of harbour and beaches. The architecture is a wonderful blend of Arab, French, Oriental, Portuguese and African, as well as fashionable Art Deco.

Spending two days in Maputo over a weekend is going to be packed with activities. First step, find the right Mozambique accommodation. Second step, make a list of cultural, historical and fun experiences. Third step, find good food and vibes, water sports or adventure. Our travel consultants are qualified to do all of this for you, and more.

Lucky for you, flights to Maputo land regularly at Maputo International Airport – only 50 minutes from Johannesburg. You can also do a self drive to Maputo but this wastes too much valuable time. It takes seven hours from Johannesburg on the N4 Maputo Corridor, including border stops!

Groups of friends, couples and business travellers use their weekend breaks in Maputo to the full. Find great hotel or guest house accommodation in the city before setting off to try real Mozambique prawns peri-peri and sip the local beer. Some restaurants have been open since the Second World War and through the Mozambique civil war!

Take a stroll to the central market, the Mercado Central, to buy spices, fresh fruit and vegetables and dried fish. Find local cashew nuts, hot bread just out of the oven and other goodies. The craft and fresh seafood markets are nearby.

Rest those legs at the Maputo National Botanical Gardens in Ave Samora Machel and then try something educational – a weekend break may fit in Maputo’s Museum of Natural History or find the Fortaleza, a Portuguese fort with cannons pointed out to sea. Other museums include the Art Museum, Money Museum and Museum of Geology – whatever the interest!

A great way to end a weekend break in Maputo is to take the ferry to Catembe across the bay and enjoy the village or beach or both. The romantic sunset ferry back is worth the ride as the city lights come on. Please enquire here for hotels in Maputo.