The Inhambane Province is generally considered the gateway to Mozambique's most popular tourist destination: the Bazaruto Archipelago. While it is true that ‘the pearl of the Indian Ocean’ is only a short dhow trip away, Bazaruto isn’t the only thing Inhambane’s got going for it.
The breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Barra and Tofo are wonderful seaside destinations, and the province is a tapestry of mangrove swamps, colonial architecture, and coconut, cashew, and tangerine plantations. Fishing enthusiasts flock to the Inhambane coastline to cast their line in the hopes of catching marlin, bonefish, tuna, and sailfish. The coastline is dotted with coral reefs, making this a great destination for scuba diving and snorkelling. Plus: the waters off its coast are rich in the last African population of the rare, endangered dugong.
When the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama visited the region in 1498, he nicknamed it ‘Terra de Boa Gente’ (or ‘the land of the good people’) after the friendly locals. And this holds true today. People who want to experience Mozambique at its warmest, can easily get to Inhambane by flying to the well-served Inhambane airport or Vilanculos airport (if you’d like to be closer to Bazaruto).
- The gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago
- A compilation of mangrove swamps, colonial architecture, and coconut, cashew, and tangerine plantations
- Barra and Tofo are two of the country’s best mainland beaches
- A popular game-fishing destination, with marlin, bonefish, and sailfish aplenty off the coast
- Several coral reefs makes this a great place for scuba diving and snorkelling