Inhambane South Mozambique
Diving Beaches Culture
Stroll on the jetty, explore the local market, take a dhow tour in the bay or to the islands, walk the shaded streets or just seat and watch the dhows gliding the calm waters of Inhambane bay. Pink flamingos visit the bay as well as dolphins.
Lovely peaceful town. It has some great colonial architecture and is considered by many to be one of the prettiest towns in Mozambique. Starting point to the paradisaical beaches such as the renowned Tofo, Zavora and Barra beaches.
Inhambane, provincial capital of the province of the same name, was founded by Swahili merchants. It is one of the oldest towns in Mozambique dating back to the 10th century and the Arab traders. Tales of legendary goldfields, tickled European interest in this part of the world during the 1500’s. The Portuguese established a permanent settlement and trading post at Inhambane in 1534 and constructed a fortification in 1546. Intense rivalry between Portuguese and Arab traders followed. When gold production declined, the focus of trade shifted to ivory, where it remained for two centuries, causing the slaughter of thousands of elephants. The slave trade came into prominence in the 1760’s and Inhambane became one of the ports from which slaves were shipped to the French colonies of Mauritius, Reunion and the Comoros and also to Brazil, Cuba and North America. It is estimated that over a million Mozambicans were sold as slaves.
Located 459km North from Maputo, bordered on the north by the provinces of Manica and Sofala, and south and eat by Gaza and the Indian Ocean, Inhambane is dotted with coconut palms and cashew nut trees and it is one of the regions of Mozambique best suited for quality tourism.