Inhambane in Mozambique is an attractive city, steeped in history and surrounded by coconut palms and magnificent beaches.
See accommodation along the Inhambane Coastline
including Barra and Tofo.
Inhambane (pronounced 'Inyambaan')
The architecture and atmosphere reflect a diverse and exciting past stretching back to the 11th century. Muslim and Persian traders visited here as did Vasco da Gama in the late 1500s. The port of Inhambane also later became a major centre for ivory and slave trade as well as whaling. This area is now one of the few in southern Mozambique where the last remaining Dugong can be seen.
This Mozambique city is about 469km (291 miles) from Maputo and today, visitors will find a busy centre with an airport and harbour as well as banks, petrol stations, shops, markets and sidewalk cafés. Inhambane is situated on a bay and visitors can enjoy a drink at the harbour and watch the dhows (local sailing boats) sail back and forth to Maxixe (pronounced "Masheesh").
It is the main centre for stunning resorts and beaches nearby such as Tofo and Barra. The dry winter months in southern Mozambique, lasting from April to October, are good times to visit when the temperatures are milder.
Fabulous beaches near Inhambane
Tofo in Mozambique has superb diving and surfing available with PADI centres supplying regular dive trips - see Manta Rays regularly and Whale Sharks in season. Fishing is also popular or visitors can just relax on the beaches and at the restaurants or try a variety of exciting watersports.
The Barra Peninsula is great for honeymooners and for a family holiday in Mozambique. It offers wonderful beaches on one side and an estuary on the other. Great diving, snorkelling, watersports and fishing to be found here.
The Linga Linga Peninsula, for a relaxing escape, has an estuary and beaches, watersports and fishing available although it is only accessible by boat or 4x4 transfers. There are many popular watersport, dive and holiday resorts in Mozambique accessible by 4x4 vehicles or transfers.
Day Trips and Excursions
4x4 enthusiasts can head north along the coast over the Tropic of Capricorn to explore beautiful Pomene Bay and its mangroves. It boasts dune forests and marine life. Strikeout west for Banhine National Park in Mozambique (a totally undeveloped area with 2 of the Big Five) and Limpopo National Park (Big Five) near Massingir Dam.
Bitonga is only spoken around Inhambane area and has about 200 000 speakers. Practice these useful phrases:
- Thank you - Nhibongile (knee-bong-eela)
- Good Morning - Nugodio (hoo-gee-dee)
- Good Afternoon - Mihani (Mee-haani)
- Good Evening - Wadsigo (waad-see-go)
- How are you - Whuhadi ( Hoo-waadi)
- Beach - Phwani (pwa-aani)
- Sell - Rengisi (ren geesa)
- Money - Tsapawu (za-pow-oo)
- How Much ? - Kharini (ca-ree-nee)
Stay in Inhambane
Baia Sonambula Guest House offers the ultimate Mozambique beach holiday at Tofo Beach in Southern Mozambique's Inhambane Peninsula....more
Barra Beach Club is paradise on Mozambique’s southern shores of Inhambane, accommodating guests in a selection of luxurious suites...more
At this Mozambique hotel in Inhambane you can enjoy a great location on the lagoon near city highlights, but also access a stunning beach club on Barra Beach for exciting water sports...more
Located on the tip of the Northern Peninsula Bay of Inhambane, Castelo do Mar has everything you need for a soothing vacation; a lounge, garden, direct beach access, and activities such as fishing...more
This Mozambique beach lodge in Inhambane is private and secluded, with an impressive sweep of pristine beachfront. Enjoy full board accommodation in...more