Inhambane Tourism Official Provincial Portal.
Welcome to Inhambane
The Province of Inhambane; located in the southern part of Mozambique, is bordered by the Province of Manica to its North, Gaza Province to the Southwest, and Indian Ocean on its East.
Inhambane's extraordinary 700 km coastline covers the full length of the Province. Offering an array of beautiful white sand beaches, coves, bays, mangrove forests, amazing sandbars, and is home to the famous Bazaruto Archipelago, (a national park made up of four islands; Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Carolina and Magaruque), making Inhambane the tourism capital of Mozambique.
Breathtaking coastal scenery, waterways, abundant and unique marine life, birds, are mere examples of what nature has endowed this Province. A natural setting for the variety and class of marine sports and leisure, attracting a growing number of international and domestic tourists. From amateur to extreme diving, snorkeling along the reefs and coasts of small uninhabited islands, angling/sport fishing in the deeper waters, dhow sailing, kitesurfing and kayaking, canoeing are among the marine sports to be enjoyed in Inhambane. Out of the water, there is horseback riding along the beach, birding, hiking and a variety of tours to local villages.
Along its coastline, you will find some of the most amazing beachfront luxury resorts, and hotels, as well lodges, self-catering, chalets, eco-lodges and backpacker facilities to choose from. Selecting an accommodation that fits your travel plans, party size, and budget is extremely easy in Inhambane.
Inhambane is particularly proud that historically its people are known for their hospitality toward visitors. Inhambane is been referred to as 'Terra de boa gente' – or 'The land of the good people'. According to the legend the name 'Inhambane' originated with the arrival of Vasco da Gama in 1498; It started raining when the Portuguese explorer set foot on land, and therefore they were welcomed into the houses of the people ('Bhela nhumbane' means 'come into the house' in Gitonga, the dialect of the Inhambane peninsula).
Come to Inhambane and experience the natural and man-made wonders that it offers, and don't forget, you are in 'The Land of the Good People'. Welcome, Experience and Enjoy!
There are regular Bus services covering most of the country. Converted passenger trucks known as Chapas provide the only passenger service in the more rural areas. Make sure you carry your own carry food and water on these and other long journeys. There are occasional controls on the roads to check papers, especially in the north and near the border with Zimbabwe.
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You must have six (6) months validity from date of entry. Three (3) pages required for visa and entry stamps. A visa is required, except for citizens of some southern African countries. In limited circumstances, a tourist visa may be obtained at airport or land border upon entry (see below).
A brief History
Inhambane was a port of call for Arabic traders sailing along the East African coast since the 11th century. Vasco de Gama claimed Inhambane Bay for Portugal, and a trading post was established in 1534. In 1560 the first Jesuit mission to East Africa was established in Inhambane. Development particularly progressed due to Inhambane's favorable location on a sheltered bay, and before long it had become the center of an active ivory trading port. In the early 18th century, the Portuguese had established here, together with traders from India. This mixture of Indian, Christian and Muslim influences continued to characterize Inhambane in later years, and is still evident today.
With the passing of time, the focus of trade changed from cloth and ivory to slaves. By the mid-18th century, an estimated 1500 slaves going through Inhambane's port each year, and this had become the economic backbone of Inhambane town.
In 1834 Inhambane was attacked by the army of Gaza chief, Soshangane. However, it soon recovered to again become one of the largest towns in the country. The abolition of the slave trade in the late-19th century was a hard blow to the economy of Inhambane. The situation was aggravated when the economic center moved southward to Lourenco Marques (the current Maputo).
Mozambique is essentially a hot country as it is mostly situated at low elevations and almost entirely within the tropics. The hot rainy season is from November to March and the dry winter months are cooler but still quite hot during the day. Inhambane Climate Guide
There is a sign which marks the spot along the EN1, about 15km south of Massinga town on the border between Massinga and Morrumbene districts. When travelers cross the 'Tropic of Capricorn' (southernmost latitude – 22.5° positioning the sun directly overhead)
Mozambique’s official currency is the Metical (plural Meticais) but if you’re travelling in southern Mozambique both the South African Rand and US Dollar are widely accepted. In the north it’s best to carry dollars. If you want to use a foreign currency instead of Meticais when souvenir shopping at markets and craft shops then we'd recommend that you bring small denomination notes. Most hotels and lodges have credit card facilities but there are a couple of exceptions so be on the safe side and check with your Africa Safari Expert before you travel. At our recommended beach and island lodges all non-motorized water sports are usually free though you might be charged for snorkelling trips if a boat is needed to take you out to the reefs. We’d advise that you find out which activities are included beforehand to avoid any unexpected extras when it's time to check out.
When traveling north toward Inhambane On N1 you will pass through the town of Inhacoongo which has become the center of producing the local spicy sauce – piri piri.
Arts & Crafts
Inhambane is home to a multitude of arts and crafts. Unlike most tourist destinations, the majority of arts and crafts of Inhambane are handmade by the local artisans.read more
This Inhambane Provincial Tourism website was established in partnership with the Provincial Directorate of Tourism Inhambane (DPTURI) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tourism Project Team, as part of the Destination Marketing and Promotion (DMP) Project.