Inhambane Coast

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Inhambane Coast

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Activities and Highlights
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Description

"The ancient city of Inhambane is graced coastally by the vast Indian Ocean, and by a forgotten time of maritime history, trade and exploration. Inhambane is one of East Africa’s oldest cities, and like many other African counties, the city has a dark past of colonialism and slave trade.

Currently, the Imhambane Coastline is glowing with historical significance and landmarks that are increasingly becoming a popular destination for tourists. Long before the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama arrived on the shores of Inhambane, the coastline was bustling with Arabian dhows sailing the Mozambican waters as early as the 10th century.

Today, these colourful traditional Arabian boats can still be seen faring peacefully along the shores and the locals are eager to share the ancient water vessels with you. After all, Vasco da Gama did not nickname the city, the Land of the Good People in vain.

The atmosphere surrounding the city is charmingly captivating, with its quaintly narrow streets, colonial styled architecture, coconut palm forests and coastal mangrove swamps. The Inhambane coast is a delightful destination with an exciting history, ancient culture and the surrounding beach shores offer activities to excite any visitor.

Access Details

Inhambane is reachable by both road and air. If travelling by road, it’s essential to reminder that some parts necessitate four-wheel drive vehicles.

Inhambane Airport is positioned very near the town and makes it very easy to get in and out. This is one of Mozambique’s International Airports and therefore services incoming and outbound flights from Maputo, Johannesburg and Vilankulo.

Suggested Stay Details

Optimal duration to visit is between 3 - 7 days.

Type of Experience

Are you hysterical for history or culturally curious? Well Inhambane has a few special sights that are sure to entice your curiosity. The architecture adds an air of reminiscence to the town of Inhambane. Of particular interest is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception, which is estimated to be 200 years old. If you are seeking picturesque views of the Inhambane port, then climb the rusting ladders along the cathedral and you will find magnificent views to mesmerize.

Another religious building built back in the 1840’s is The Old Mosque and close to that you will find the Railway Station which harbors old steam trains and more.

Infrastructure

"The Inhambane Coast may, in the near future, become a popular tourist destination but currently it is not as developed and commercialized as other destinations. On the other hand, the accommodation ranges from luxury beach resorts to stylish beach houses.

The coast offers accommodating and comfortable self catering lodges. Many of the towns building have Arab, African and Portuguese architectural reminders embedded in them. If luxury is what you’re looking for, how about spending a few nights in a lavish live-in yacht?

Upmarket and stylish family beach houses are available as well with all the amenities to make your stay a comfortable one. "

Geography

Inhambane is a province of Mozambique located on the coast in the southern part of the country. It has an area of 68,615 km�_ The provincial capital is also called Inhambane.

History

"Before the arrival of Vasco da Gama, the surrounding areas of Inhambane was inhabited by Karanga tribes, who traded gold, ivory and other paraphernalia with Arabian natives.

In 1498 when Vasco da Gama set sail to India, he dropped anchor along the Inhambane coastline and explored the region, claiming the land for Portugal. A dark period of slave trade increased in the 1760’s and as a result, millions of Mozambican natives were sold off into slavery.

The country was under Portuguese rule until Mozambique gained its independence in 1964. Thereafter, due to Marxism, civil war plagued the country for 17 years, which directly caused the country to be the world’s poorest region. In 1992, peace was declared and the nation is currently a democracy. Since the civil war, Mozambique and its people are optimistically rebuilding the nation. "

Activities & Highlights

"Water Wonderland: The idyllic beach areas surrounding the historic city of Inhambane are growing increasingly popular to all seeking seaside thrills. Surf in Tofinho or dive in Tofo. Jangamo and Barra are also excellent beach sites for snorkeling and kite surfing. The waters of Mozambique are filled with underwater scenery like rock and coral reefs. You may have the opportunity to swim with manta rays, or sign up for a dolphin safari. The waters of Tofo may even surprise you as you dive alongside the world’s largest fish; the gentle whale shark.

Relaxation: The sleepy slow paced town of Inhambane and her tropical climate with lush forests and warm azure surrounding shores are perfect to unwind and enjoy some much deserved down time. Why not charter one of the traditional Arab dhows and enjoy a calming cruise. You are more than welcome to do as the locals do; pull out a chair, cast your fishing line along the shore and absorb the warmth and beauty of Mother Nature.

Annual Event: The biggest fleet of dhows on the East African coast is found in the waters surrounding Inhambane coast. Capitalizing on this, the governor of Inhambane has been sponsoring dhow races which have become a popular event in the area. The race takes place November each year attracting large crowds of cheering spectators, so keep this in mind when visiting around about this time of year.



Season Travel Details

Inhambane coastline has humid tropical temperatures, with mangrove swamps and palm forests. Moving inland the land becomes much hotter and drier.

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