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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!