The Inhambane Province of Mozambique has enough sea, sand and sun for all to enjoy and is particularly renowned for the Bazaruto Archipelago that provides the most spectacular underwater experience for divers and snorkelers.
In the far south of Mozambique, one will find the Inhambane Province, with its extraordinary 700 km coastline. Its many beautiful, white-sand beaches are the main attraction of the area, along with the wonderful scenery and opportunities for exploration that its sandbars, bays, coves and mangrove forests present. The capital city of the province is also named Inhambane, and is known as one of Mozambique’s most charming towns and a town with one of the biggest fleets of working dhows along the Swahili Coast.
The town of Inhambane, along with lovely Tofo Beach, is to the southern end of the province, while the stunning area of Vilanculos is further to the north. Vilanculos is one of the most attractive parts of the province, with fabulous beaches and ideal year-round temperatures. Most importantly, however, it is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Vilanculos’ visitors often describe it as a piece of paradise in the Mozambican sun, and always fall in love with its white beaches, coconut palms and endless blue waters. Here you can enjoy all sorts of activities and adventures or simply indulge in relaxation, taking in the super scenery all around you.
With the famous Bazaruto Archipelago so near, Vilanculos has well developed facilities for visitors, including stunning places of accommodation and an excellent selection of fine restaurants, many of which specialise in delicious seafood dishes. The restaurants of Vilanculos are also well known for their Portuguese cuisine. In this part of Inhambane, you will stay at superb beach hotels that offer gorgeous views over the ocean and the islands. Their facilities include huge, beautiful swimming pools, spas, conference venues, private restaurants, luxurious rooms with satellite TV and much more. From the hotels, you can easily arrange everything you want to do in Inhambane, including horse riding, scuba-diving, parasailing, dhow or luxury boat trips to the islands, canoeing, wake boarding, kite surfing, snorkelling, sport fishing and romantic adventures. You can also easily arrange transfers into the town to visit the markets and do some shopping.
Vilanculo is the vibrant little town in the heart of the Vilanculos area of the Inhambane province. It has a new international airport with daily flights to and from several regional destinations, including Johannesburg and Maputo, and dhows and helicopters regularly travel to the Bazaruto Archipelago.
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The Bazaruto Archipelago
This archipelago of Mozambique consists of six islands, namely, Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina and Shell. Santa Carolina is also known as Paradise Island, or as the ‘gem’ of the islands, and is a true rock island with deep channels. It has three amazing beaches and some coral reefs just off the shore. The biggest of the islands is Bazaruto, and Bazaruto is famous for holding the largest population of dugong in the country. About 120 of these fascinating creatures make the shores of Bazaruto their home.
The Bazaruto Archipelago’s second largest island is Benguerra, just 14 km from the mainland. This island is famous for its pristine beaches, excellent dive locations, fishing opportunities and luxury resorts.
These six islands became a National Park in 1971 in order to conserve the abundance of marine life in their waters. Just a few of the varieties of sea life that you could meet include surgeon fish, butterfly fish, Moorish idols, angel fish, sea turtles and devil rays. The national park is particularly important for the protection of its endangered species, which include the dugong, whale shark, leatherback turtle and humpback whale. The World Wildlife Fund has even recognised the Bazaruto Archipelago as a ‘Gift to the Earth’.
Another feature of the Inhambane province is the Zinave National Park. It is about 4000 square kilometres in size and is particularly notable for its incredible plant species, especially trees (over 200 species) and grasses (over 40 species). In terms of its wildlife, the park is in the process of rehabilitation, as many of the populations of large mammals suffered during the civil war in the 1980’s. The re-stocking and development program of the park will ensure that Zinave is restored to its former glory. A number of animals, such as giraffe, have already been brought in from the Kruger National Park. The park may also become a superb 4×4 destination when its facilities have been further improved.
In the Massinga District of Inhambane is a small marine reserve known as the Pomene National Reserve. It is filled with wondrous landscapes of dunes, savannahs, mangrove forests, marshes, a sandy peninsula and lagoon. The park protects the marine life that flourishes in the waters and fauna such as impalas, grey monkeys, chipenhes and wild boars.
The Inhambane province of Mozambique is a fascinating holiday destination with more than you would expect in terms of on-land and water-based attractions. The friendly people of the province also contribute greatly to a wonderful vacation or honeymoon – after all, it is known as ‘The land of Good People!’
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