view from Bamboozi's
For beach lovers, both Tofo and Tofino is a must in Mozambique.
The small ramshackle village has plenty of clothes vendors but not many amenities. There is no supermarkets and the nearest ATM is at the service station some 12kms away. The coastal walks either north or south are beautiful.
Unquestionably, Tofo offers incomparable ocean safaris to see the Big Dive 5 – humpback whale, dolphin, sea turtle, giant manta ray and whale shark. Like any safari there are no guarantees but even if you get to swim with any of these is a truly immense experience.
Diving is also offered beginning around Mtc1500 for one site from at least 4 different dive operators.
another Tofo sunset
Places to Stay
I have been based at Fatima’s for my five night visit to the area. Ensuite chalets are MTC1000 with a 5th night thrown in free. It is in a central position right on the beach with hammocks and deck chairs scattered and the food is okay too. However it is a bit of a party place with music pumping often into the early hours. A quieter and slightly cheaper option is Bamboozi further north although a couple of kilometres out of town.
Bamboozi - a quieter option in Tofo
The popular and attractive Turtle Cove is peaceful some 10 minutes walk from the beach. Surfers prefer this area and there is a dive master and yoga instruction available. (Tel No. 827194848)
Casa John looks beautiful for a self catering option. (Tel SA 27 - 11827 5745/6/7)
Check out Inno's Chill-Out Bar and Lounge owned by ambitious and lovely Mozambican Jenna.
Places To Eat in Tofo
Dino’s Beach Bar – open 10am to late at least 6 days a week (closed Wednesdays in low season) is my favourite breakfast spot. A cheese omelette, garlic bread and a double espresso costs MTC150 and their pizzas from MTC140 are quite good too.
The Bread Shack – this cheap and cheerful eatery serves up a small selection of fast food choices. The bunny chow is recommended as a good filler. (MTC80).
Fatimas has cheapish food with pancakes, omlettes, chicken and fish available at reasonable prices.
The food is quite good but expensive at Casa Barry whose fish and chips cost Mtc480 and imported 300g steak at a whopping MTC840.
The Black and White restaurant in the centre of the village is good value at Mtc120 for either half chicken and chips/rice or fish and chips/rice.
The best restaurant in town is the French/Mozambiquan Casa di Comer with mains ranging from Mtc260 for spagetti bolognaise to Mtc400 for their lamb chops.
a log on the beach
Young children can be persistent in their attempts to sell necklaces and bracelets.
There is still no ATM in the village. The nearest one is found at the service station towards Inhumbane.