Surrounded by coconut palms and magnificent beaches lies the picturesque town of Inhambane. The rich history and architecture mirrors a diverse past dating back as far as the 11th century. The port of Inhambane where visited by Muslim and Persian traders and later became a major centre for the ivory and slave trades. When Vasco da Gama rounded Africa in the late 15th century he docked in Inhambane for supplies and to explore. He took an immediate liking to Inhambane inhabitants and named it Terra de Boa Gente or ‘Land of the Good People’.
Situated 470km north of Maputo and 945km from OR Tambo international, visitors can either travel by air or tarmac to this idyllic destination. It is the main centre for breathtaking resorts in southern Mozambique. Banks, fuel and convenience stores followed the war that ended in 1992. Now tourists enjoys lazy cocktails at numerous sidewalk cafes or just relax on one of several famous beaches such as Praia do Tofo, Praia dos Cocos, Ponto do Barra, Ilha de Benquerra, Guinjata Bay and more. Accommodation ranges from camping and backpacking, to self-catering cabanas, private guest houses and luxury lodges.
The Indian Ocean and all the recreational activities it offers is the heartbeat of this region. With breathtaking dives, fantastic sport fishing, whale watching and many more to keep any traveller entertained.
The Inhambane region is renowned for offering some of the best game fishing in Mozambique. Hard fighting adversaries such as Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna, Couta and Billfish await you in these waters to test your tackle and skill. There are several charter companies with experienced skippers whose local knowledge will come in very handy. These unspoilt waters are world renowned for its most incredible fish life, translating into a world class destination for big game fishing. There are various fishing competitions annually for ski boats, jet skis and paddle skis and are a testimony to the productiveness of these waters.
The tropical waters surrounding Inhambane are rated as one of the top Whale Shark & Manta Ray diving locations in the world. The reefs offer great opportunities of close encounters with Whale Sharks & Manta Rays on every dive and are also home to a huge variety of other marine life including Whales, Dolphin, Turtles, Eagle Rays, Devil Rays,Ribbontail Rays, Moray Eels, Game Fish, many species of reef fish and more.
4×4 enthusiasts can head north along the coast over the Tropic of Capricorn to explore beautiful Pomene Bay and its mangroves. It boasts dune forests and plenty of marine life. Strike out west for Banhine National Park, a totally undeveloped area that boasts with 2 of the Big Five or the Limpopo National Park with the Big 5 near Massingir Dam.
The dry winter months from April to October are good times to visit when the temperatures are milder and mosquito’s aren’t so plentiful to lower the risk of Malaria.
This is a remarkable destination with ample attractions to keep the entire family entertained. So if you’re looking to kick back and enjoy a fresh ocean breeze, head up north-east to the land of the good people.