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Welcome to Inhambane


As Mozambique continues to establish itself on the global tourism map, exciting new tourist areas are springing up. One of these areas is Inhambane, a small city on the southeastern coast, about 290 miles (470km) north of Maputo and easily accessed by a tarred road.

Previously tourists merely passed through Inhambane on their way to the spectacular beaches of Tofo, Cocos and Barra. These days more and more are stopping over to savour the historic city, with its sleepy atmosphere, faded colonial architecture and famously friendly local population. In fact, the city's original name - Terra de Boa Gente, meaning 'Land of the Good People' - was bestowed on it precisely because of the inimitable charm of its locals.

Must-see tourist sights in Inhambane include the Church of our Lady of Conception - a 175-year-old building that features a rusted ladder leading to its top spire, from where visitors gain panoramic views of the city's old quarter and the harbour - and the Mercado Central (Central Market), where a colourful array of fresh produce, including spices and nuts, is for sale. Adventurous travellers can strike out for the more remote areas of Inhambane Province, where picturesque villages and mangrove swamps are waiting to be explored.

Although most tourist activities like diving, snorkelling and whale-spotting take place at the beaches located about 14 miles (22km) up the coast, tourists to Inhambane are urged to take a ride in a traditional dhow to Maxixe; a larger city located across the bay. The experience of approaching a historic trading-port in a historic trading-vessel is unique, and very memorable.

Of particular interest to those planning a tour around southern Africa, is the fact that Inhambane can be directly accessed from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport via flights landing at Inhambane International Airport.

Information & Facts


Inhambane has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and relatively high humidity all year round. In the summer (November to February), daytime temperatures hover around 84F (29C), and there is a lot of rainfall. The best time to visit Inhambane is during the winter (May to August), when it doesn't rain and the days remain sunny and warm (72F or 22C).

Portuguese is the official language, and there are 13 main national languages spoken. English is taught in secondary schools, but is only spoken in the southern tourist regions.

The official currency is the New Metical (MZN), which is divided into 100 centavos. In the southern parts of the country, South African Rand, US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are also accepted to pay for accommodation. Credit cards are accepted in some upmarket hotels in Maputo, but facilities throughout the rest of the country are limited; it is advisable to carry cash or travellers cheques. ATMs are limited and tend to be unreliable, but local banks have branches in most cities.

Described as 'the next Goa', Tofo Beach is in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique. It has definitely become a traveller's mecca, with beautiful stretches of beach, a friendly laid-back atmosphere, good restaurants, an entertaining nightlife and some great diving and snorkelling sites. Whale sharks and humpback whales can be seen in season, as well as reef sharks. Watersport enthusiasts will love Tofo, a fantastic spot for surfing, kitesurfing and bodyboarding. Kayaking trips are also popular in the area. Jellyfish can be a problem, so a long-sleeved shirt is a good option for swimming.

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