Maputo, the bustling capital city of Mozambique is a 4 hour drive from Kruger park. While the city doesn’t have much to offer culturally it is worth a quick visit: Solana Hotel is Maputo’s premiere address and offers all your regular 5 star amenities, a outdoor large pool and a generous spa.
From there, la bonne vivante heads to Tofo. The village is a 20 minute drive from Inhambane, a tiny airport which offers direct flights from Maputo. Tofo is famous for its diving and in particularly the opportunity to view whale sharks and humpback whales.
The village itself only consists of two streets, a handful of restaurants and a dive center and those who come here are usually either divers or surfers. Tofo is famous for humpback whales which visit the area from July to October. In addition, divers have a good chance of spotting whale sharks, turtles and sharks. At 5 pm the restaurants and bars tend to fill as the sun sets early.
Where to eat:
Branko’s is a busy pizza joint popular with tourists and divers. At night the tiny shack is packed. In addition to pizza it also offers meat and prawns on a hot stone. Tofo Beach, Tel: +258 84 066 6470
All you want offers Italian cuisine and local specialties and possibly Tofo’s best Mojitos. They also host regular life music. Tel: 258 84 929 6936
Green turtle at Barra beach is a 20 minute drive from Tofo and arguably the best restaurant in the area. The French owners offer a selection of seafood and local dishes in a beautiful location right by the long, deserted stretches of sand. +258 82 026 0580
Where to stay
Casa na Praia hosts Tofo’s most prominent location right by the beach and offers various categories of rooms. The African bungalow is the most spacious and luxurious with good breakfast.Tofo Beach, Tel: +258 82 821 5921 http://www.casanapraiatofo.com/en/start
Casa Barry lodge is located next to Casa na Praia and offers a hostel like ambiance. The lodge offers a lunch and dinner menu however pack up some patience and the service can take time.http://www.casabarry.com, Tel: 27 31 767 0111
Diversity Scuba is a friendly and professional diving school in the center of Tofo. If you plan on diving in Tofo don’t forget pack up your anti motion sickness medication as the ride on a rubber dinghy get can a bit bumpy and the sea can get rough. http://www.diversityscuba.com/