My Birthday weekend in Moz
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Tofo Bay, Inhambane, Mozambique is simply beautiful.
It's an easy 80min flight from Johannesburg and we arrived in Inhambane in the mid afternoon, which meant plenty of time to get down to the beach and have a dip in the ocean before dinner. There are flights 3-4 times per week, but since the merger of Mozambique Express and LAM created a regional monopoly, the flights have become pretty expensive. Still, it beats the 11 hour drive from Johannesburg!
We had organised airport transfer to Tofo Bay in advance. This meant a chartered chappa, though it's easy enough to walk the 500m into town and get a chappa or bus at the local rank. We ended up paying MC500 for the charter. The bus would have cost MC10, but with bags, etc it was still the better choice. (MC500 = about $20). Although it's only 25km to Tofo Bay from the airport, it can take over 30mins. The roads are potholed and it's a really bumpy ride!
We stayed at Casa Barry - probably overpriced, but it has a few advantages... the lodge sprays for mosquitos every 2nd week and we didn't see a single one during our 5 day trip. That meant not having to worry about being out at night and being covered all of the time. It's so hot (and at times humid) so it made for a pleasant stay. They have the best restuarant in the area and if seafood is your thing (though not mine) then you'll think you're in heaven. Although the lodge is self-catering, unless you're in your own car it's not so easy to cater for yourself, so the restuarant is really convenient.
Tofo Bay is the only place in the world where you will find year long resident whale sharks and manta rays. There are 2 marine biologists at Casa Barry studying the giants and they offer evening talks to learn more. You can also go out on boat and swim with the whale sharks. There are 3 diving places in Tofo Bay - so no shortage of getting out there!
Tofo Bay is a sleepy settlement. We went during the quiet season and were virtually alone on the beach. The Indian Ocean stays warm all year and on average is about 28 C. The protected bay means that the seas remain calm, though there is good surfing around the point at Tofinho.
Inhambane is one of the earliest Portuguese settlements in East Africa and was settled in the early 1500s in mostly atrocious ways. The civil war has damaged the town extensively, but it makes for an interesting walking tour and being small, it's comfortable to see it all in a day.
All in all a great way to spend a quiet few days and I will definitely be going back!