Situated in the Jangamo District in a province of the same name, Inhambane is one of Mozambique’s precious historic towns. With its slow lifestyle and colonial architecture, the town reminds you of the times gone by. Because it stands on a peninsula with a great view of the bay, Inhambane is quite picturesque, and it has all the right features to charm any visitor.
Close to this African town are gorgeous wide beaches and clear waters. The town is also known for its world-class Whale Shark and Manta Ray viewing. Because it is a certified tourist hub, you will have no problem finding accommodation in Inhambane as it is populated by a selection of accommodation options ranging from lodges, hotels, self-catering cabanas to luxurious resorts.
Along the coastline stretching throughout the Inhambane region, there are plenty of activities to keep you engaged and excited. You can try scuba diving or deep sea fishing. You can also go canoeing by yourself or sign up for a charter boat excursion. Parts of the beautiful Inhambane region are other visitor magnet villages like Guinjata and Jangamo. These towns offer miles and miles of sandy stretches, mangrove forests and palm tree plantations.
Out of all the villages in the region, Tofo is arguably the most prominent, as it lures the most beach fanatics and sun worshippers. Located about 30 kilometers away, this fishing village sits on the eastern section of the Inhambane Peninsula. Although it is attached to a peninsula, Tofo has more of an island vibe. Aside from its sandy beaches and shimmering waters, you can also enjoy an excellent colorful local market.
If you are into scuba diving, Tofo is also one of the best spots in the region to enjoy the sport. The underwater world of Tofo is teeming with various creatures including sea turtles, manta rays, leopard sharks, devil rays, scorpion fish and potato groupers. The presence of abundant marine life is attributed to the large number of planktons making the area a wonderful viewing experience.
There are approximately 16 scuba diving sites, which have varying depths from 10 to 40 meters. But there are also deeper areas, which can be conquered by advanced scuba divers. Another great things about diving in Tofo is that you can do it year round. The visibility can be from 5 to 30 meters, depending on conditions such as currents, wind and tides.
Kitesurfing is also at its best at Tofo beach, because of the breaking waves and good swells. The village is also home to the marine research center, The Marine Megafauna Foundation, which provides visitors weekly presentations about the marine life in the region.
At the south of Tofo lies Tofinho, which boasts one of the best surfing breaks in the east African coastline. But if you’re not a surfer, you can still enjoy your time at Tofinho by doing other activities like horse riding, kayaking, quad biking and island hopping. If you head out a few kilometers north of Tofo, you will find another popular village called Barra. This village is largely known for its 7- kilometer white sand beach that straddles between the mangrove estuary and the Indian Ocean.
To access the Inhambane Peninsula you can take a direct flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to the capital Maputo. From here, you will need to make land transfer arrangements to Inhambane and other villages.