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Tofinho Self Catering Houses Tofo Mozambique

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A warm welcome to Tofinho Self Catering Houses Tofo Mozambique, on the cliff overlooking the ocean at Tofinho these fully furnished and well equipped self catering cottages are an ideal option for couples, families and small groups who want to spend some time enjoying the tranquility with a good view of the ocean.

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On the cliff overlooking the ocean at Tofinho these fully furnished and well equipped self catering cottages are an ideal option for couples, families and small groups who want to spend some time enjoying the tranquility with a good view of the ocean.

Ideally you will need your own vehicle to get to and from Tofo for supplies and activities. There is also a beach front cottage in Tofo which is more central. All cottages are fully serviced daily.

Accommodation at Tofinho Self Catering Houses, Tofo

The cottages are equipped and serviced with a view to cater for typical South African families, ranging in size between 4 and 8 persons. Each of the respective cottages is uniquely (basic) styled and offers a rustic and home-like atmosphere where “you can do your own thing”. The cottages offer the basic facilities, as would be expected when going self-catering, e.g. cutlery, crockery, bedding and furnishing … nothing extravagant … just typical South African home-like where you can wear shorts, go bear feet and have supper when you feel like it. Unfortunately, no TV.

The 7 cottages share a group of 5 cleaners (cum butlers) who’s job it is to make your stay as memorable as possible, e.g. makes the beds, does the dishes, sweeps the floors, assists you in negotiating the best buy of fresh fish, prawns, calamari and crayfish from the beach and also cleans the fish, helps prepare food, even join you as guide to town (Inhambane) and nearby places of interest (e.g. Barra, Paindane, Praia da Roche, Coconut Bay), etc.

The only task they are not allowed to do is washing and ironing of clothes, for which they can assist in finding you someone who could do that at a modest fee. The cottages are also serviced by a group of guards, whose job it is to keep a watchful eye during night-time and to ensure that your privacy is not compromised. Guards are normally on duty between 22:00 and 06:00

The warm, clear waters and abundance of sea life that inhabit the coral reefs make this area a paradise for divers. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the best-developed activities and spear fishing is also catered for. Following Tofo, some of the better-known mainland spots are Paindane, Jangamo, and Barra, as well as Morrungulo and Pomene further north. The world famous Manta Reef is close by Tofo.

This stretch of coastline offers the ultimate drive and dive experience. The turquoise waters hold a vast number of game and tropical fish species as well as a variety of beautiful corals and rare marine creatures including dugongs, whale sharks, and turtles.

Conditions compare favorably with those of the Caribbean or Great Barrier Reef but are far less crowded and not nearly as commercialized. Water temperatures range from 24°C (in mid-winter) to 31°C. Visibility is generally between 5 and 35 meters with 15 meters being the year-round average. Gin-clear conditions occur frequently, both along the coast and around the islands. Most lodges hire snorkeling equipment and arrange diving excursions. The more up-market resorts offer courses ranging from Resort and Open Water to Advanced Diver. Many also have their own dive shops where a full range of equipment can be hired or bought. Diversity Scuba located in Tofo town centre is recommendable.

The Mozambique coastline is renowned for its offshore game fishing and Tofo is at the heart of the action. The pristine, blue waters abound with king mackerel (barracuda), dorado, wahoo, various species of kingfish, bonito and yellow-fin tuna. The sailfish season peaks from June to August. Boats can be launched or chartered from Tofo beach. Summer is the best time if it is marlin you are after. Catch and release of all fish that will not form part of the evening meal is encouraged as is protection of all other natural resources and the environment.

Launch sites are carefully designated and vehicle access to beaches is strictly controlled. Angling from the shore can also be most productive. Small kingfish (2 to 3 kg) can be found from the rocks off Tofinho, particularly towards high tide, and at deep water spots anything can happen (Adrie Prinsloo of Glassfit Witbank holds the Tofo record of 48 kg for a Kingfish caught off the rocks at Tofinho). Kingfish, stump nose and pompano are taken from the sandy beaches between Tofo and Tofinho. Salt water fly fishing is becoming increasingly popular, particularly off the sandbars at Tofo point.

Fishing Regulations
A permit (obtainable at the Maritimo office in Inhambane) is required for launching boats. A spear fishing license must be obtained from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in Maputo. Fish may not be sold for commercial purposes and there are limits (6kg, but not more than 4kg of a particular species) to what bona fide fishermen and spear fishermen can take out of the country.

The Inhambane coastline has all the makings of a world class surfing destination, with an ideal mix of warm water, consistent swells and sandy headlands. In the south of the province Quissico has a hollow reef break but access is rather difficult. Jangamo Beach (also known as Guinjata Bay) has a crescent-shaped bay with a reef off the tip and under the correct conditions right-handers peel all the way to the shore. Neighbouring Coconut Bay features a splitting peak in the shorebreak, the left-hander working during light south westerly winds. There are a wide variety of spots in the vicinity of Tofo, working in a range of wind and swell conditions, with the sand point at Tofo beach point being ideal for beginners and long-boarders.

However, it’s the waves around the corner at Tofinho that draw the serious surfers. A shallow reef ledge skirts the sandstone headland and at low tide advanced surfers who can handle the steep take-off have the chance of getting the ride of a lifetime. Tofinho, less than a kilometer south of Tofo, is situated on a more exposed and rocky headland and is known for its stiff currents and a shallow rock shelf make it a place for advanced riders only.

Bird watching
Inhambane Province, with its great variety of habitats, is home to over 500 species of birds. The area around Inhambane Bay, particularly the various mud flats and the extensive mangrove swamps, is popular with bird-watchers. There is a resident population of about 250 greater flamingos and on the outgoing tide whimbrels, turnstones and many other waders work the mud flats. The mangroves near Barra are home to egrets, purple-banded sunbirds and mangrove kingfishers. The stretches of dune forest that remain along the coast harbour the lilac-breasted roller, Burchell’s coucal and grey and olive sunbirds. Ospreys, fish eagles, olive bee-­eaters, narina trojans, flamingos and numerous seabirds and waders are a common sight. A highlight for avid bird-watchers is a sighting of the crab plover, a visitor from September to April.

Curio Shopping
An array of value-for-money curios are sold at various roadside stalls, general dealers and markets throughout Inhambane. Colorful cloths called capulanas, worn by women around their waists, but with many other uses, are very popular with tourists as are grass mats, batik prints, wood carvings, baskets, traditional ceramics, sculptures and items carved from semi-precious stones. Always test ebony wood carvings by smelling for shoe polish or dye, or by rubbing with a damp finger. On route to Inhambane, at Quissico and Inharrime, bows and arrows, timbilas (a local form of xylophone) and other Chitende musical instruments is an added attraction. A wide selection of curios is peddled at the main markets in Inhambane and Tofo. Items are generally priced modestly and make excellent souvenirs.

Shopping Opportunities
Don’t miss the huge array of ceramic pots for sale alongside the road just out of town on the EN. At lnhambane’s bustling central market, one can browse for curios, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread rolls and sea food. Fresh catches arrive throughout the day. Crabs and shellfish are sold alive. If you buy fish check for freshness — a fresh fish has shiny eyes, red gills and smells of the sea. Some products are from South Africa, others are produced locally. Good buys include a colourful array of capulanas, a bewildering number of woven grass mats and bags in the local Sipatsi style as well as wood carvings and fresh cashew nuts. Prices are reasonable and bargaining should not be necessary.

Dhow trips are an added adventure although you should always allow for the impact of tides and winds on your timetable. Parasailing, windsurfing, paddle-skiing, kayaking and quad biking are also available in and around Tofo, as are escorted excursions into the towns and rural settlements. 4x4 trails and trips to nearby Paindane, Praia da Rocha and Jangamo Bay can be arranged.

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Tofinho Self Catering Houses Prices

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Room Type


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Type of Accommodation at Tofinho Self Catering Houses

Self Catering

Room/Chalet equipment

Ensuite Bathroom
Cutlery & Crockery



Towels Provided


Distance from beach


Road Access


Collect from Border


Collect from Airport


Nearest Border

Komatipoort 590KM

Airport Nearby

Yes / Inhambane 25km

Credit cards accepted


Pet Policy




Local Mobile Phone coverage


Power supply


Plug points

Mozambique electricity plug 2 Pin round

Activities/dive centre

Local curio shopping opportunities
Bird Watching



Shops nearby


Drinking Water


Mosquito nets provided


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