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Casa Baleia - Malcampo Tofo Mozambique
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The finest way to experience the beauty and enchantment of Mozambique. Here, warm clear waters, silky soft sands, cooling ocean breezes and long sunny days make it an idyllic setting to relax and absorb the gorgeous surrounds.
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Casa Malcampo is situated in the idyllic Tofinho, a picture perfect village on the temperate Indian Ocean with average water temperatures of 24C. Nearby Inhambane (10km East) offers lively street cafes, rich Mozambique culture, vivid markets and local fishing boats or dhows, which sell catches of fresh seafood up and down the shore.
Accommodation consists of three newly completed, light and airy beach houses. All with uninterrupted views of the sea, the famous Whale shark Point, Tofo and Tofinho Beach.
The area is one of the more established resorts in the Inhambane region of Mozambique. A combination of pristine swimming beaches and reefs that boast abundant sea-life (including the celebrated whale shark and manta ray) make it appealing to tanners and scuba divers alike. Tofo Beach has also become a favourite destination for surfers traveling to Mozambique.
Accommodation at Casa Baleia - Malcampo, Tofo
The double storey Casa Baleia is the main house of Malcampo. Located within walking distance from the beach, with panoramic ocean views. Panoramic views from the house reach as far as Whale Shark Point and Tofinho beach.
Our main double-storey house features six double bedrooms, four bathrooms and a scenic outdoor shower for the adventurous spirit. Panoramic views from the house reach as far as Whale Shark Point and Tofinho beach. The spacious layout includes a large open-plan kitchen and dining room, with the living area opening out onto a generous wrap-around balcony overlooking the sea on the front and a sheltered garden and courtyard at the back.
Upstairs hosts an entertainment room, bar and lounge area with DStv that also boasts stunning surround views. Features include fully equipped kitchens and outside barbecue areas, and linen and bath towels, as well as mosquito nets, are provided. The units are serviced on a daily basis, and personal laundry can be done at an additional cost. Three quad bikes can also be rented by prior arrangement and are the ideal form of transport for the area.
Facilities and Services
You don’t need a 4x4 to travel to Inhambane or Casa de Malcampo, you can reach it with a normal sedan vehicle. From Johannesburg to Tofo, an overnight stop in Maputo is recommended.
There are a wide variety of spots in the vicinity, with the sand point at Tofo beach point being perfect for beginners and long-boarders. Neighbouring Coconut Bay features a splitting peak in the shore break. Southern Quissico has a hollow reef break with relatively difficult access.
Jangamo Beach (also called Guinjata Bay) has a crescent-shaped cove with a reef that can create right-handers that peel all the way to the shore. The waves around the corner at Tofinho draw the serious surfers, where a shallow reef ledge offers advanced surfers the ride of a lifetime. Surfing lessons are available in Tofo.
Whale Sharks in Mozambique
They occupy the upper layers of tropical and sub-tropical waters. Without any motion, the current takes them adrift just beneath the surface, mouth wide open. Their enormous gills filter the plankton out of the water and any waste is disposed off by little parasite fish.
Their size, gentle character and the fact that they live close to the surface, allows a safe approach by humans. This experience, should you be one of the lucky ones with a mark on the 'been-there-done-it- list', is guaranteed never to be forgotten.
Mozambique is fortunate with its great numbers of whale sharks passing its waters annually. They are commonly known to be summer visitors. Numbers up to 25 are possible during boat trips, and in winter, April till November, chances of an encounter are considerable. In the winter of 2003, off the coast of Tofo, which is the place to spot whale sharks and manta's, at least one was spotted every single day. An incredible score. The biggest group noted in that season, 15 whale sharks at Tofinho Point just outside Tofo, were feeding on large quantities of plankton and stayed around for at least three hours.
TOFINHO AND SURROUNDINGS
Tofo is an original fishing village, with locals still living the traditional way. Leggy chickens, pots balancing on hot coals, women with jars on their heads and hoards of excitable children; Tofo’s central craft market is worth a visit, and, if you haven’t mastered Portuguese, gestures and a smile works well for bartering.
Tofo has many smaller settlements dotted around with lots to explore. Ingenious indigenous buildings are constructed mostly out of palm. If offered, take the opportunity to try heady palm wine. Mozambicans are welcoming people who delight in sharing their way of life, from mat weaving to chopping open a coconut with a machete and sipping the sweet milk.
Tofinho is, apart from the great diving, a cozy village with a lovely atmosphere and it is rapidly developing into a meeting place for relaxed travelers. It's situated 20km from Inhambane, a world heritage site, on the ocean side of the peninsula. Tofo is originally a fishing village, its population still living in traditional manner.
Go for a walk on the beach and check how fishermen bring in their catch of the day. Little settlements scatter around Tofo, all produced out of anything a palm tree has to offer. Given the opportunity, you must definitely try the local drink palm wine, produced from palm trees. As you explore the area, locals will welcome you and show you how they make mats from leaves, how to chop a coconut with a machete and how to grow cassava on sandy soil.
Scurrying chickens, pots on hot coals, women with jars on their heads and lots of kids; with no running water, electricity and sanitation most Mozambicans lead a simple life. In the centre of Tofo is a craft market and a few stalls that pass for the local super market. Unless you master Portuguese, all negotiations will have to be with hands and feet, though English is moving in rapidly nowadays.
As Tofo is becoming more popular, more restaurants and beach bars arise and more activities are offered. You can now go out deep sea fishing, take surfing lessons and race the beach on horse back. Excursions to Barra Point as well as Inhambane are worth while.
About Mozambique and it's People
Despite the influence of Islamic coastal traders and European colonizers, the people of Mozambique have largely retained an indigenous culture based on small-scale agriculture. Mozambique's most highly developed art forms have been wood sculpture, for which the Makonde in northern Mozambique are particularly renowned, and dance. The middle and upper classes continue to be heavily influenced by the Portuguese colonial and linguistic heritage.
Under the colonial regime, educational opportunities for black Mozambicans were limited, and 93% of that population was illiterate. In fact, most of today's political leaders were educated in missionary schools. After independence, the government placed a high priority on expanding education, which reduced the illiteracy rate to about two-thirds as primary school enrollment increased.
Mozambique Passport & Visa Requirements
Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travelers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.
Health and Medical
It is recommended that visitors take precautions against typhoid, bilharzia,
hepatitis and cholera in particular.
Diseases caused by unsanitary conditions are common throughout the country, and untreated water should be considered unsafe to drink. Hospital facilities are generally poor and outside the major cities of Maputo and Beira medical facilities are limited. Comprehensive medical insurance is essential and it is recommended that visitors carry personal medical supplies with them
How to get there..
Getting To Inhambane - Driving Distances from
Follow the N12 through Witbank, Middelburg and Nelspruit to Komatipoort Border. Fill up before border.
The road from the Border to Maputo is excellent. There is a tollgate a little way from the border. SA Rand, US Dollars or Meticais are accepted. Carry straight on until the outskirts of Maputo.
Turn left at EN4 Maputo sign. (Uni Lever and Bell Equipment on left hand side). There is another tollgate. Turn left at exit 81 to Xai-Xai. It’s a good idea to fill up at Xai-Xai from there follow the EN101 to Inhambane.
At the village of Lindela the road forks. Take the right hand fork to Inhambane. As you enter the town you will notice the bay on your left and the hospital and graveyard on your right. Turn right at the 2nd road after the graveyard.
It is a double road and there is a red and cream building (Agricultura) on the corner. Carry straight on until you see a green building (Pastelaria) on your left – turn right. At the stop street turn right and follow signs EN259 Praia da Tofo/Airports.
Please watch out for white stripes painted on Coconut trees before small bridge as these warn you of a bump in the road. Turn right at EN259 sign at Bar Babalaaz and drive towards Tofo. Drive straight until the rock quarry is on your right, and then take the second dirt/sand road to your right and drive for 1km along the coast. Turn right at the Casa Malcampo sign and continue down the road to the last complex on the left.
GPS location S 23°52'13.1" E035°33'07.8"
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