Travel to Inhambane – A Sleepy Historic Town

Inhambane is a town located in southern Mozambique, lying on Inhambane Bay. It is the capital of the Inhambane Province and is a prime location for water pursuits such as diving, snorkeling and whale watching as well as more cultural activities due to its museum and cathedrals.

Inhambane was established as a Portuguese trading post in 1534 and it is one of the oldest European settlements in Southern Africa. However in the 20th century the status of the town declined and the economic situation grew worse because Maputo became the main centre.

The biggest attraction and also the most impressive in Inhambane is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception which was built around 200 years ago by the Portuguese and now also houses a clock tower. There is also the Inhambane Museum which is worth a visit.

Many of Inhambane’s activities are centered on the beach and sea. Here you can sail, snorkel, scuba dive, fish, go on an ocean safari or even have the breathtaking experience of whale watching depending on the time of year. Also in Inhambine you can take a cultural quad tour or go horse riding but the ultimate African experience has to be taking a Dhow trip.

There are numerous seafood restaurants in Inhambane in which to relax and sample local delicacies or perhaps spend time sunbathing on the beach before browsing the shops and markets.

It is possible to get into and around Inhambane by car; the main roads into the area are the EN 6 and EN 1. Or you can take local buses as well as a number of tour buses which are operated by numerous tour companies.

  • Take a whale watching trip to be in awe of these majestic creatures.
  • Encounter an underwater world whilst diving and snorkeling.
  • Visit cultural attractions from museums to cathedrals.


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