Find out what to do, how to get around and where to stay in coastal Mozambique.
Highlights of Tofo and Vilanculos
Cavalheiros Do Tofo is a riding stables located opposite the entrance to Bamboozi Lodge. They have 5 rescued Zimbabwean horses and offer 2 hour rides along the beach and through small communities. Contact Volker on firstname.lastname@example.org/ (+258) 843 080 300.
Muakaleni Tours organises innovative community-based cultural tours around Tofo and Inhambane, including dhow boat trips. They are now based with Volker as above.
Mozambique Horse Safaris offer horse riding trips ranging from a few days to a week in and around Vilanculos, including rides along Vilanculos beach, rides on Benguerra Island and cultural rides to a fishing village.
Getting to Tofo
Direct flights from Maputo/Johannesburg to Inhambane with LAM Mozambique. Local minibus (Chapa) from Inhambane to Tofo beach takes around 40 minutes.
Fatima’s Place runs a shuttle bus from their hostel in Maputo direct to Fatima’s Nest in Tofo. They usually leave around 4.30am from Maputo and takes 8-10 hours.
Public buses run from Maputo’s main bus station to Inhambane leaving between 5 and 6am and taking 8-10 hours. Buses vary greatly in quality and speed and generally leave when full. For Tofo get off at Maxixe and catch the regular ferry (20 mins) over to Inhambane. From there catch a local minibus (chapa) to Tofo.
TCO Turismo were running the best quality coaches up and down Mozambique but they are currently not operating.
Luciano Coach is a coach company operating from Maputo north (and also Maputo to Durban). Coaches run from Rua Do Telegrafo in Maputo on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6.30am.
Weng Coaches also run services between Maputo and Maxixe/Pambarra.
Intercape also run the main routes but at the time of going to press had suspended all routes north of Maputo due to unrest in Sofala province.
Getting to Vilanculos:
Direct flights from Maputo/Johannesburg with LAM Mozambique and SA Airlink
Public buses leave Maputo as per above and continue north from Maxixe to Pambarra Junction (around 12- 14 hours) where you can get off and take a local minibus (chapa) to Vilanculos.
Minibuses also run between the main bus stop in Maxixe and Vilanculos (around 5 hours).
Where to stay
Fatimas Place Backpackers is a great budget option in Maptuo. Dorms/Singles/Doubles. Cafe, kitchen, transport and general travel information. 1317 Avenida Mao Tse Tung.Phone: (+258) 21 302 994 / 21 303 345.
Maputo Backpackers is a small and friendly budget option 7km from city centre within walking distance of beach. Dorms/Doubles. 95-98 Quarta Avenida, Barra de Triunfo, Costa Do Sol
Phone: (+258) 293 84247.Email: email@example.com
Fatima’s’ Nest (Sister hostel of Fatima’s Maputo) is a large hostel with direct beach access and great sea views from cafe. Dorms/bungalows/camping, kitchen, bar/cafe. One of very few accommodations in Tofo owned by a Mozambican. Praia de Tofo, Inhambane Province.
Phone: (+258) 824 145 730 / 824 145 730 / 823 070 870 / 823 070 870. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Turtle Cove is a relaxed retreat 15 minutes walk from the centre of Tofo in Tofinho . Dorms/chalets/camping, gardens, swimming pool, restaurant/bar and regular yoga classes
Phone: (+258) 827 194 848 / 847 312 027.Email: email@example.com
Mozambeat Motel is a funky mid range option with uniquely designed cabins in Tofinho . Dorms/cabins, swimming pool, restaurant/bar, roof top sun deck, movie nights. The outdoor en-suite bathrooms are a highlight!
Phone: (+258) 844 223515/ 842 099284. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zombie Cucumber is a friendly, laid back backpackers located near the beach. Dorm/4 bed huts. Casa Joules is a new mid range hotel on the same site with en suite rooms sharing the pool, restaurant and bar with Zombie Cucumber. French/Belgian owners. Marginal, Bario Central
Phone: (+258) 828 049410/ 846 869870.
Casa Cabana Beach is an upmarket self catering option with a beautifully designed 2 storey house situated right on the beach front. Doubles/Cabins/self catering units. Swimming pool, beach bar/restaurant, free airport transfers.
Phone (+258) 847073693. Email: email@example.com.