Inhambane is a sleepy seaside town located in a bay along the southern coast of Mozambique and is part of the Inhambane Province. Vasco da Gama chanced upon this bay in the 15th century and he named it Terra de Boa Gente, or Land of the Good People, a name which is still used today. Tofo, or Praia do Tofo, is also part of the Inhambane Province and is a beautiful stretch of beach spilling into the Indian Ocean that is about 13.7 miles (22km) from Inhambane.
Inhambane used to be a major ivory and slave trading port in the 18th to 19th century and was under Indian control. It eventually grew into a town when the Portuguese took over but in the 20th century, activity at the town and port wound down as Maputo became the new hub of Mozambique. Today, 62,937 people live here and the main economic driver of Inhambane is tourism.
Both Inhambane and Tofo are part of the Bazaruto National Park which is the main draw for tourists. The park covers a large area of ocean off the coast of Inhambane and six islands. The park helps to protect the marine megafauna that can often be seen off the coast of Inhambane that include humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, whale sharks, manta rays and many species of fish. The very shy and rare dugong also finds protection under the laws of this marine park.
Non-divers will still get to experience Inhambane and Tofo as there are many snorkeling trips to see whale sharks as well as whale watching trips. Besides that, relax by the beach or explore the sleepy town of Inhambane. Nature lovers can explore the land area of the Bazaruto National Park which has many animal and bird species.
Hop on a plane from Maputo on LAM Mozambique Airlines to arrive at the Inhambane Airport. There are also direct flights from Vilankulos or Johannesburg in South Africa. Take ground transport to the town or to Tofo.
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