Blogs from Tofo, Southern, Mozambique, Africa


Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo June 20th 2018

My next stop would be Tofo. I'd heard great things about this place from other travellers I had met. The diving, especially for large animals e.g. manta rays, humpback whales and whalesharks, and beaches were supposed to be great. I met a couple at my hostel in Vilanculos who happened to be driving to Tofo and so they offered me a lift with them in their 4x4. Result! The drive took about 5 hours. The scenery around the city of Inhambane on our approach to Tofo was really pretty with lots of palm trees and a few colonial buildings dotted around the place. When we arrived in Tofo we went straight to one of the dive centres, called 'Peri Peri' - 'the hottest diving in Mozambique' (yep) to book in some dives. Having already done my ... read more
Sunset in Tofo
Tofo market
Turtle roundabout

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo February 17th 2018

Saturday 17 February – Barra Beach and Tofo It was an overcast day as we woke and walked to breakfast at 8.00am. After cereal, eggs and bacon, it was clear this was going to be another day of rain as it was the previous afternoon. Not to be dissuaded, and because it was not suitable to go with the boat out in the bay, we decided on riding quad-bikes to Tofo. Gareth our guide took us the Flamingo Bay Resort amongst the mangroves, to register and to pick up the bikes. It looked as though no one was staying at the resort which wasn’t unusual at this time of the year. December and January are their raining season, as well as February…apparently. After getting our driving instructions, along with our guide, we revved the engines and ... read more
Quad bike ride to Tofu - cashews which Mozambique is famous for (1)
Quad bike ride to Tofu (1)
Quad bike ride to Tofu - cashews which Mozambique is famous for (2)

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo March 23rd 2015

Dans le bulletin précédent j'ai écrit à quel point on avait profité du calme reposant de Tofo. Bon, la plage et le repos dans le hamac ça me va bien 5 minutes mais pour en profiter au maximum, il faut bien se fatiguer avant ... Et pour ça il y a les plongées ! Même traitement qu'ne Afrique du sud pour le départ dans le zodiac dans les vagues et c'est parti ! La première fois que j'ai entendu parler de Tofo, c'était lorsque je travaillais en Australie, et ça m'avait été présenté comme étant la mecque des raies manta géantes et des requins baleine. 4 ans plus tard, je suis finalement dans cette région du globe pour vérifier ça de mes propres yeux ! Pas de chance, il semblerait que depuis quelques semaines les requins ... read more
Raie manta
Banc de raies mourine (cownose rays)
Requin leopard qu on a derange...

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo March 22nd 2015

Bon, mon voyage au Mozambique commence à dater mais il n'est jamais trop tard pour bien faire et finalement parler de ce magnifique petit coin qu'est Tofo. Le paradis se mérite tout de même et il aura fallu affronter les dédalles administratifs pour obtenir le visa avant de se mettre en route en bus pour traverser la frontiere entre l'Afrique du Sud et le Mozambique. Direction Maputo pour une petite escale puis Tofo ! J'imaginais bien que le voyage serait long mais je suis loin du compte. Entre Maputo et Tofo j'ai passé 10h avec un petit garçon sur les genoux tellement le minibus était bondé. Il y a quelques années je prenais des bus pendant 30 heures ou plus et je m'en remettais bien mais il faut croire que j'ai tout de même vieilli ! ... read more
Repas maison !
Dunes de Praia de Tofo
Notre jardin

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo October 13th 2013

I was going to spend the whole of the next day and night and the following day on the road and so I wanted an early night but due to the heat and the mozzies I got around an hour’s kip!. The next day I caught the Pathfinder bus to Bulawayo at 07:00 which arrived at 13:00. The journey commenced with a prayer and then a song about God!! It seems religion is a big thing over here and they are intent on ramming it down the throats of everyone else!! I couldn’t complain too much though as Chris Brown followed at full blast. I then had a wander round Bulawayo for a couple of hours and I never saw another whitey and everybody was staring at me, it was interesting! After lunch I headed off ... read more
At the border to enter South Africa
Downtown Maputo

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo August 30th 2012

I was up at 5 a.m. to pack my tent away and get the bus to Tofo, just under 400 km up the coast. Fatima's Nest where I was staying in Maputo, also had a place in Tofo and provided a shuttle bus, door to door. Except this wasn't exactly the case. They picked us up in a minibus and brought us to the bus station, where we were transferred on to the local bus to Inhambane, about 20 km from Tofo. The local bus usually only goes to Inhambane, but this one brought us all the way to Tofo. It was a long, uncomfotable 8 hour journey though. Tofo is all about the beach and even though it was late afternoon when we got there, I still had time to have a swim after putting ... read more
View of Beach from Campsite
Local Woman
On the Beach

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo May 30th 2012

My absence of 2 days can be explained by illness, and yes, I thought I was going to die! Who knows what bug I caught or where I caught it? Conditions are not sanitary here, really, I've been sharing bathrooms and bedrooms and regulators I caught something. I became so ill I actually called the manager to get a doctor for me. That is not done here, but Steve, the owner of the dive shop Peri Peri, and his wife Martina, the volunteer I have mentioned regarding the orphanage, were at Casa Do Mar visiting the owners. Steve tested me for malaria, Katie brought pills for temperature, they iced me down, and gave me electrolytes. The hospital is the last resort, here. I am now off to get Randy at the Inhambane airport, so I ... read more

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo May 28th 2012

I spent a miserable night last night. On my way to bed I discovered that our electrical outlet quit working, so I had to go downstairs and sleep in the middle, airless, windowless, storeroom/bedroom. The mattress (if you can even call it that) was so thin I could feel the bed slats, so I decided to put the mattress on the floor. I did get a fan and had it on all night. I woke up aching. I then changed, went upstairs and turned on the faucet…no water. Shit. So I decided to check into Casa Do Mar a day early. I then did a two tank dive this morning. The ocean was a bit rough, with swells. The first reef was 30 minutes out, called Outback. No mantas, leopard sharks, bowmouth guitar sharks, leatherbacks or ... read more
2 eels!
Jelly dude
clear fin Lionfish

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo May 26th 2012

Well, I missed my dive this morning. No, I wasn’t hung over, I felt ill during the night, as did my roomie, Leslie. After imbibing a lot of alcoholic substances, the group went to Tofo Tofo, a restaurant in the village. Dinner was delicious, I think it was the ice that made me ill. Ice can be a danger as we all know. I should have stuck with the bottle. I managed to “sneak” away after dinner, Daniela had quite a few cocktails shall we say, and insisted I go to Fatimas with them to dance with her. I asked Patty to distract her, which wasn’t a problem, and I headed home, taking the shortcut through the woods. Leslie insisted on walking me to the fork, and it is good that she did, because I would ... read more
moz 12 cb baby
moz 12 cb suzanne and denicea2
With Suzanne and Patty

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo May 23rd 2012

Today has been so eventful I really don't know where to start. I guess I will start this morning. Leslie (my roomie) and I walked down to the market, I wanted to buy a couple of things. She had to leave for an ocean safari after 30 minutes or so, at which point every guy in the market bombarded me. They need to eat, feed their kids, they are my friend, they make good price....omg. It went on and on. And yes, I bought. I also ran away, down the road to Fatimas, a sort of beach bar/restaurant. Two guys followed me, but when I shook my head they left. I guess they didn't want to get the Fatima staff upset by hassling their customers. Fatimas is nice...a lovely place to sit and just watch the ... read more

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