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It is adventurous to explore areas by yourself but you end up asking questions at some point. Why not ask your personal guides? Locals, who chose this to be their home, who explores themselves to be able to show you the hidden treasures, that no local would actually share with tourists.

 

Our guides know pretty much all the answers to your questions, whether it is about food, shopping or activities. And for that, they will do anything possible to make it count for you. You’re in the safest, most transparent and friendly hands - guaranteed!

Tofo Beach is one of Mozambique’s national hidden treasures, located in the southeast of the country in Inhambane province, just 500 km north of the capital, Maputo. A small fishing village with a vibrant international expat community, Tofo is as diverse as it is beautiful.

 

Known for its stunning and pristine shoreline, Tofo boasts two main beaches, each with its own vibe and purpose. Tofo, the crescent shaped main beach, is 8 km long and its waters are protected along the shore by a naturally occurring bay.  All the dive boats launch from here and it is a great place to snorkel, swim, windsurf and an excellent place for beginner surfers. Most of Tofo’s bars and restaurants, as well as the town’s market, all hug the shoreline.

 

The second main beach, Tofinho, is best known as a destination for experienced surfers and has a more secluded and relaxed vibe than Tofo Beach.  It is known as the best place to spot humpback whales, dolphins, and whale sharks. This vibrant and growing community offers world-class diving, surfing, and a variety of other activities, all while retaining its natural beauty. Grass homes, thatch roofs, and colonial architecture all blend together flawlessly to form a unique and rugged tropical landscape. The local people are known for their boisterous laughter, generous smiles and care-free spirits.

 

Those that come to our shores will never forget the beauty, that they experience on the beaches of Mozambique!

(y)our activities in Tofo

Vilanculos is a small village, just a little north from Tofo itself. Named after the local tribal chief Gamela Vilankulo Mukoke, the village is still very undiscovered and untouched and doesn’t get as much attention as it should be. However, many tourists are attracted to the paradisic scenery and yet quiet environment. It is a honeymoon favorite, giving the new married couple the perfect conditions as well as beautiful accommodations to enjoy each other. It is also a perfect family destination, where privacy is given and activities are highly emphasized. Being considered the capital of water sports, it gives the perfect conditions for novice and expert kite surfing, SUP and scuba diving.

The town itself allows a gateway to the archipelago. Traditional Dhow boats or helicopters are used to travel between and make it even more enjoyable. Having an airport based just outside the village, with daily departing and arriving flights, makes Vilanculos easy accessible from Inhambane or Maputo airport. With dry seasons from March to November, the temperatures vary between 15 to 23 degrees and the wet season can be between 23-34 degrees with some rains that allow a cool-down.

(y)our activities in Vilanculos

Ilha de Moçambique is part of the Nampula Province and lies in the northern part of Mozambique. Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Mozambique's fastest growing tourist destinations, it is also full of history, due to being the capital of colonial Portuguese East Africa prior to 1898.

The name of the Island is known to drive from “Ali Musa Mbiki” who was a sultan of the islands. It was an island of Arab shipbuilders, where Vasco da gama spent a few weeks in 1498. Da Gama impersonated a muslim in order to gain trust and hospitality of the local population and especially the sultan. With only small paltry trade goods, the explorer was unable to provide a suitable gift for the sultan and the locals soon started to become suspicious of da Gama and his men. They then were forced to flee the island the strangers started to depart the harbor, firing cannons into the city.

Within a decade, the portuguese took over the island where, by the 16th century, Mozambique would become one of the largest slave trading centers on the continent. Because the island was named after the deposed sultan, the whole country then established the name for itself, even after the independence in 1975. With the opening of the Suez-Canal, the capital moved to Lourenço Marques, present-day Maputo in 1898.

With the independence came the tourism. Due to the abandonment a century ago, most of the old cities remain, just affected by time and neglect. The island itself is about 3 km long and divided into two parts. The old and colonial quarters “Stone Town” and the former freed-slaves’ section “Makuti Town”, Makuti meaning the leaves of a palm tree, now home to about 14 thousand people.

Many visitors are drawn to the few historical sites, such as the old Governor’s Residence, hospitals and the Sao Sebastiao fort. But the real attraction is definitely the island itself. The real charm builds from the sandy beaches, dhow boats gliding across the bay and of course, the locals!

(y)our activities Ilha de Moçambique

After kindly being asked to bring toys or educational supplies for our local children, together with our hots, you visit some of the local villages to share your gifts and your time and bring some smiles onto little and grown faces. Grass homes, thatch roofs, and colonial architecture all blend together flawlessly to form a unique and rugged tropical landscape.

The local people are known for their boisterous laughter, generous smiles and care-free spirits, which is why Mozambique is also called the Land of the good people.

So we invite you to come and meet the good people, their villages, culture, cuisine and lifestyle. If you want to bring some joy to the villages and their children, we kindly make you aware, that you are more than welcome to bring some toys or other educational belongings to help and be part of the community.

During your stay you’ll enjoying the best of the cuisine, whether it is in the improvised and inspired restaurants or the actual local food at the market. In any case, you’ll be opposed to the traditional food and just for you to get a better understanding and a more intense sense for the country you’re traveling in, we have created a very unique opportunity to interact with the culture and dishes where the term “tourist” doesn’t exist.

 

After exploring a few neighbor villages we then move on to the village of our friend (Joana?) and with the community, we start sharing responsibilities and prepare dinner all together. So, don’t just be tourist, get to know our people!

There is a lot to explore around Tofo and what is a better and more adventures way of exploring rather than exciting Quad Bikes that will bring you through every road to your desired destination.

 

Or even if you don’t have one, you can still enjoy the pristine landscapes by just driving through dunes, bushes and maybe end up in a village where you meet the locals.

 

The Quad Bikes take up to 2 people although if both are comfortable driving, single rides are always recommended, alongside with comfortable shoes and clothing, as well as skin and eye sun protection.

One of the things that makes our services different than others and that is the familiarity that you have within us, whether it is on our Safaris, on the scuba dives or simply on your beach holiday. We take very specific care of our clients, that changes into a family right after we meet and to celebrate this, we love to organize big suppers with delicious meals, prepared by us or by our trusted chefs.

 

This can be on the beach, watching the sunset or we invite you to our garden, where you also meet our dog family and enjoy the therapeutic atmosphere. This intimacy rises only within us and that is guaranteed!  

Our winter season is probably everyone's favourite time as Humpback Whales are an almost guaranteed sighting. To be able to see Pec-slapping, Breaching or Lobtailing up close, we offer a boat trip for anyone, whether diver, snorkel or non-swimmer, as a water entry is not guaranteed.

 

This activity is for diver, non diver and even for the few that cannot swim, as a entry into water is not necessarily required but snorkel equipment will be provided. If the time is right (May – November) chances are, you’ll spot breaching Humpback Whales, one of the most acrobatic species of whales, found every winter in our waters and are seen with their calves after breeding. Generally, daily excursions a planned, however, it always depends on sea and weather conditions and we highly recommend skin and eye sun protection. Nevertheless, it is THE opportunity to finally tick of your Bucket List.

To allow everyone the opportunity to encounter Whale Sharks, Mantas, Dolphins, Turtles and other fish, we offer the very beloved ocean safari boat trip, where you take all time to look out for these animals and when conditions allow, snorkel and swim with them. Bucket-list worthy.

This activity is for diver, non diver and even for the few that cannot swim, as a entry into water is not necessarily required but snorkel equipment will be provided. As for the Ocean Safari itself, it is a 2 hour boat trip towards the south of the Tofo coastline, where we look for Whale Sharks, Manta & Mobula Rays, Dolphins, Turtles, etc and use the opportunity to gently and safely swim alongside with them.Generally, daily excursions a planned, however, it always depends on sea and weather conditions and we highly recommend skin and eye sun protection. Nevertheless, it is THE opportunity to finally tick of your Bucket List.

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The art of working with clay in a traditional sense is as inspiring and fun as it can get, no wonder there are plenty of satisfying online videos of this crafting. The new local pottery in Mutamba, with little pop-up shops, is owned by our friends. Our team has the exclusive opportunity to go behind the scene and give you the chance to, not only observe the fascinating formation of a ceramic piece becoming a unique art piece, but even better: be a part of it and leave your marks in the best way possible. You will get a tour through the pottery villages, where you examine the happening magic first hand and learn about the history. You will then get a kick at the can and proof your abilities.

 

It does not matter whether you’re an expert or a novice, as this is a part to bring you and everyone else joy. Please note that the oven is lighted once a month or so, and you might not be able to bake your souvenir. You are welcome to take it nevertheless or you leave it to be baked in the future, and make it someone else's happiness. Regardless, you are guaranteed to become an authentic experience as it gets and get to know our culture a little more.

The nearby estuary works as nursing waters for everything juvenile that we also see on our dives. It has a big range of microfauna such as Leaf Fish, Pipefish, Sea Snakes and Seahorses and due to the shallow depth, we can end up spending hours of searching and swimming in the warm waters of the estuary. Snorkeling equipment, rash vest or wetsuit are provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own. Sun protection in any kind is highly recommended, as well.

 

Our team will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer you to the start point of your adventure. We’ll then prepare ourselves and our equipment, then walk into the estuary with one of our guides and start looking! Enjoy a knowledged and experienced guide that knows where and what to look for and not hesitant to share the education.

The ravishing mangroves of the neighboring village invites the adventurous and yet nature-lover amongst you. We pick you up from your accommodation and make our way to the start point of the adventure. Our guides then help you to get set and we start the journey of following scenic labyrinths of waterways to follow.

 

Calm waters allow you to inhale all the sounds of nature and exhale your potential stressful mind, leaving you with nothing but a feeling of completion, a feeling of being part of nature. Every now and then you might be visited by a range of lovely birds or other inhabitants of the mangroves such as pelagic fish, (sting)rays, small nursking sharks, crabs and other crustaceans. Paddle in your own phase through the tranquility and be fascinated by our nature.  

Who didn’t always want to try horse riding? A child's first and probably favorite sports, where you not only learn about caretaking but also how hard it actually is. Our horses in Tofo are owned by a friend with over ten years of experience.

 

They are in best conditions and surrounded by love and attention by their caretakers, and of course by your, as well. Someone who is willing to accompany the horses while taking a walk or ride on our beautiful widespread white beaches. Enjoy the journey with your friends, family or beloved and take some magazine-like pictures to share.

Being a country that is just starting to blossom and never gotten the attention that it really should, Mozambique fascinates with great ancient history. Our trip goes to the nearby Inhambane, a province and city being one of the friendliest and most welcoming people that you’ll come across.

Our local and experienced guides will escort you to the most historical, fascinating and traditional sightings as well as picking up conversations with the local community to share their stories. We end the day with a beautiful sunset view in one of our trusted restaurants while cherishing a drink or the ever so fresh seafood.

Tofo and the neighbouring beaches are widely loved between surfers, whether experts or beginners, there’s always conditions for everyone. Where Tofo offers protected waves in the Bay, perfect for beginners, Tofinho allows more wild waves for experienced surfers. Grab a board on your own or get a surf lessons with our trusted instructors.

Tofos coastline has been listed as one of the top surf destinations and whether it is Tofo beach itself, or the neighbouring Barra beach, Tofinho beach, Backdoor beach or even Coconut beach, there is no limits to your experience. If you a beginner, we provide you with a surfboard and a trusted surf instructor and if you already have experience, we simply give you the board and off you go. The surf community is almost like a big family and no one will be in the dark if there is any good surf going on, so always keep an eye and ear open.

Starting in the Inhambane estuary you have a great chance of getting to know the ancient arabian swahili dhow boats up close and personal. With an experienced and trusted captain, we’ll sail off into the calm waters.

 

Well known for the abundance of Pansy shells and for its long sandy beach and crystal clear waters, the Pansy Island is the perfect destination to arrive after our dhow boat trip. Whether you like to go for a swim, snorkel for micro life, enjoy a delicious traditional meal or just relax under the waving leaves of palm trees.

Can you really end a vacation without making sure all the stress knots are out of your system, preparing you to go back home? Use the service of our trusted strong hands to give you the much needed knead and get rid of any rest stress to go home and look just as refreshed and relaxed as you felt, when you arrived.

The perfect conditions given by the nearby estuary allows you to take the afternoon off to be with your friends, family and other beloved. With a majestic 11 m Catamaran, we navigate from the white sands beach towards the mangroves, stopping at pansy island for lunch and snorkel time. You don’t need anything else than your beach utensils, especially sun protection in any kind.

 

Our guide will provide you with a cooler box with refreshments and snacks, but you are welcome to add your own. After an incredible sunset view, we then set off to get you home.

The lovely sister of the traditional surfing has introduced itself as a well beloved sports along the coasts of the world. Unlike the the traditional way of surfing, you don’t have to actually wait until a wave comes. You are free to paddle yourself through the water and catch a wave when it comes your way. Because of the seemingly ease of the sport it allows many first-time participants to try out.

 

It comes with a great bonus that you don’t necessarily need an instructor and can just enjoy the tranquility of a sunrise or sunset. Tofo or Vilanculos have a some of the most beautiful and protected bays that allows everyone to enjoy a calm paddle without any worries. So let’s SUP!

Not for nothing is Vilanculos called Kite-surf paradise. Not only does the bay provide the perfect winds but the sandbanks make it a lot easier to get out and navigate in between. Between the months of October to January, you have the best requirements, whether an expert or a novice.

 

On top of that, you have the perfect getaway from the crowded places you might know, and a adventurous labyrinth of water channels where you can improve your navigation skills.

The nearby reefs work as nursing waters for everything juvenile that we also see on our dives. It has a big range of microfauna such as Leaf Fish, Pipefish, Sea Snakes and Seahorses and due to the shallow depth, we can end up spending hours of searching and swimming in the warm waters of the estuary. Snorkeling equipment, rash vest or wetsuit are provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own. Sun protection in any kind is highly recommended, as well.

 

Our team will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer you to the start point of your adventure. We’ll then prepare ourselves and our equipment, then walk into the estuary with one of our guides and start looking! Enjoy a knowledged and experienced guide that knows where and what to look for and not hesitant to share the education.

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