Wonderful, relaxing and not necessarily reserved for athletes ... and you can also request a visit to the peninsula Mocucune, chasing a chicken for the grill and drink a traditional beer. In short, it's new, local, professional, and it seems that Water Sports 969s'engage in a draft eco-tourism.
Inhambane is the capitol of the Inhambane Province in Mozambique. The town has a very rich history going back to the 15th Century when Arab traders sailed down the east coast of Africa to trade with the locals. Vasco da Gama sailed around the southern tip of Africa, taking on fresh water at this locality towards the end of the 15th century. He subsequently created a Portuguese trading station at what is now known as Inhambane. In later years Inhambane also became prominent as an exit port for the slave trade until this practice was eventually abolished in the 19th century. Inhambane was dubbed by Vasco da Gama as "Terra da Boa Gente" - the land of the Gentle People!
The little town of Inhambane has a distict Afro-Portuguese-Arabic flavor about it and has a number of interesting buildings dating back to the era's explained above. The town is very clean and safe and much investment / construction is currently happening to enhance Inhambane as a tourist attraction. Most of the shops are still owned by descendants of those first arabic traders.
There town is small enough to see all the attractions in a day, including a quaint but very interesting museum, the local Mercado (Municipal market) and the many restaurants and bistro's where you can enjoy the local cuisine. There is also the opportunity to sail accross the bay in a Dhow sailing boat, still built according to the ancient arabic design. You can either hop on a dhow ferrying locals between Inhambane and Maxixe or you can rent one for your own use at very affordable rates. You may even choose to visit a little island for the day.
Part of the Inhambane experience is also to travel through the coconut palm forests to visit the nearby coastal holiday destinations, Tofu bay and the famous Barra Reef. Both offer many lodging opportunities ranging from hotel and backpacker accommodation at Tofu, as well as good three-five star lodgings at Tofu and the Barra Reef.
Both locations offer loads of activities such as quad bike tours, horse riding and especially the scuba and snorkelling trips to various spectacular reefs around the peninsula. There are also opportunities to swim with the giant Whale Sharks or to dive with enormous Manta Rays. The vast beaches also provide very safe bathing in the warm Indian ocean. In addition there are also opportunities to discover the local culture and there are many little restaurants offering tasty local and seafood dishes.
Verdinhos in Inhambane, Mozambique is a gem. Owned by Tara and Barry who came from Kenya. Delightful cafe side restaurant situated in the centre of the very mystical city of Inhambane.
Meeting place for for all locals and expats. "THE" place to be seen at . Many a business deal has been struck here !!!!
Excellent service and persoal cntact with owners
Favorite Dish: Their Mediteranean salad ...... just simply divine.
If you have driven here before reading this, I still hope you have intact teeth. The whole Province, but especially this town, has speed humps everywhere. And they are high! Just to make sure you slow down, none are painted or visible before you hit them. Ouch! You are now driving slower.
Just to make sure, they have designed almost every bridge to do the same amount of damage to your car and dental work.
After miles of driving on mud to get here, you will be decieved by what appears to be modern roads. Slow and easy does it. The corrupt police are actually less of a worry here than the road itself
Vasco da Gama is reported to have stop in Inhambane on his very first sea voyage from Portugal to India that sailed from Lisbon in 1497.
It's said that while in Inhambane Portuguese sailors were given a very warm welcome by the locals. Thus Vasco da Gama named Inhambane as the Land of the Good People.
Pictured on this VT tip is Vasco da Gama. I'm sure during the former portuguese rule in Mozambique this statue was originally placed on a preeminent site of Inhambane's city. Presentely the statue is "almost" hidden, seeming like forgotten and almost impossible to find without directions from local residents. Unfortunately!
On my very first visit to Inhambane city I wanted to make sure I would be able to see Vasco da Gama's statue. This Tip's pictures are the result of my efforts.
Click here to read on Wikipedia about Vasco da Gama achievements and legacy.