Inhambane Tours and Travels

About Inhambane

When Vasco da Gama rounded Africa in the late 1400s he pulled into the beautiful protected bay of Inhambane to replenish stocks and to explore. He took an immediate liking to the place and its people and named it Terra de Boa Gente or ‘Land of the Gentle People’. It took another 40 years before the Portuguese established a trading post and settlement and sadly the friendly people of Inhambane were rewarded by lives of slavery. Thousands were removed through this inhumane practice, which continued well into the last century.

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Inhambane, which is one of the oldest settlements on the East Coast, was an important port. Although large ships seldom call here any longer, it still has the largest fleet of working dhows in the country. In the old quarter of town is the 170 year old Cathedral of our Lady of Conception where a rusted (and somewhat perilous) ladder leads to the top of the spire, offering grand views of town and harbour.

Also worth a visit is the old governor’s house on the waterfront, the fascinating railway station (it has a workshop filled with old stream trains and memorabilia and men clanking away on old machinery) and the mercado which sells a colourful array of spices, prawns, fishes, vegetables and cashew nuts. You can also take a dhow trip across the harbour to Maxixe.

Inhambane Hotels

If you are planning a Inhambane holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Casa Do Capitao Inhambane

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Tastefully decorated in natural fabrics and woods, Casa do Capitao is by far the finest accommodation in the area. Casa Do Capitao also hosts a magnificent restaurant that extends 80 meters over the lagoon.

Pomene Lodge Inhambane

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Pomene Lodge has retained its rustic and remote atmosphere, yet it provides creature comforts in the lovely chalets. It also has more basic dive cabins.