7 amazing things TO do in TOFO, MOZAMBIQUE

7 amazing things TO do in TOFO, MOZAMBIQUE

Posted: 3/9/16 | March 9th, 2016

Every month, Kristin Addis from Be My travel Muse shares guidance on solo female travel. It’s an essential topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share suggestions for other solo female travelers! here she is with another amazing article!

Mozambique isn’t a country on the common backpacker trail. It’s rumored to be challenging and harmful and very few solo travelers visit.

But, much like the rest of Africa, it’s misunderstood and prone to fall victim to stereotypes.

Before I went to Africa, and Mozambique in particular, people told me to “be careful.”

Yet I concerned find that once I got to Mozambique, many of what I heard was wrong.

Yes, it was somewhat challenging to travel through, with long bus journeys and overfilled minivans. and yes, I had to keep my wits about me because that’s always essential when you travel solo.

But for the most part the beaches were beautiful, the piri piri seafood was delicious, and the fact that it’s not a traveler hotspot made it peaceful, too.

It’s also affordable. Mozambique is the only country I’ve been to where I didn’t have to pay double to have a bungalow to myself as a solo traveler. It’s one of few places where I could purchase a coconut for around ten cents, a mango for five cents, and a whole fish big enough to feed three people for around $6 USD.

There are also a bunch of fun and interesting things to do in Mozambique that you can’t do anywhere else, especially in a destination as low-cost and uncrowded as Tofo.

Located in southern Mozambique, Tofo beach is a small coastal town with a laid-back vibe. It’s an outstanding place to dive, see whale sharks, lounge on the beach, and more. Here’s how to make the most of your time here:

1. Go scuba Diving

Tofo is home to numerous well-known scuba diving spots known for sightings of big sea creatures. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, and manta rays are all known to frequent the warm, nutrient-rich waters of Mozambique.

You’re also unlikely to have to battle with other divers for the best sites. There are only a couple of diving outfits in Tofo, such as Tofo Scuba, which charges around $35 USD per tank. This implies that if you spot a whale shark under the water, there won’t be hundreds of other tourists jumping in the water with you like in the Maldives and the Philippines.

2. find hidden Enclaves

Tofo is the only beach destination I have ever went to where tourism actually appeared to be on the decline. Usually, I check out a beach and then find it’s completely ruined when I return a few years later, overrun with tourists. Mozambique is different for a few reasons, namely the difficulty of traveling there and the lack of general information available about it.

That implies that the people who you do meet there are typically really interesting travelers. They might be peace Corps volunteers on their summer break, people from Australia or the states who work in agriculture, South Africans, or other travelers who were already in Africa and got there by word of mouth.

The beaches are still beautiful, the sand is still clean, and the locals aren’t jaded yet. To me, that’s the ideal kind of place.

3. Make local Friends

Mozambicans are friendly. Those who can speak English are practically always interested in hanging out with foreigners, and in some cases you can delight in a heartwarming experience as a result.

Pictured above are Orlando and Nate. Nate is an American man who chose to invite Orlando on his trip through Mozambique after learning that Orlando had never left his village. The relationship between the two was mutually beneficial, as Nate got to have a much more local travel experience and Orlando finally got to see his own country.

When I heard about it, this kind of thing didn’t surprise me, because locals were showing me around Mozambique all the time, as well as taking me to late-night dance parties and art galleries.

4. Take a boat trip to the Offshore Islands

Boat trips are a fun and low-cost way to fill an afternoon in Mozambique. In Tofo, you can typically organize one with a local or through your hostel with a group of pals for around $30 USD per person. It’s as easy as just asking the question: chances are good that someone will know someone who has a boat and can take you. It’s the way Tofo works.

The boats are simple, with sideways sails and rudders made out of old wood. It won’t be fancy, but it will be beautiful. Bring your own beer, sit back, and enjoy.

5. ride a Quad Bike through the Sand Dunes

When you rent a quad bike in Tofo, you can take it through some of the small villages (and by small, I imply 5-10 turf huts) in the sand dunes behind the beach. kids run out and either wave or decide to be little rascals and try to get onto the back of the quad bike as you ride by.

You can find all kinds of little enclaves and beaches that aren’t available directly from the beach in Tofo itself, or you can finally give yourself a ride to the ATM, which is otherwise a 30-minute walk away.

6. unwind All Darn Day

Truth be told, many days in Tofo I just unwinded all darn day in a hammock, in a pool, in the ocean, or on the beach. It isn’t expensive, with a beer running just under $2 USD, a plate of seafood anywhere from $6 USD for barracuda or prawns to $12 USD for a whole lobster, and a private bungalow on the beach around $15 USD.

It’s the ideal place to just lounge for weeks and listen to music with pals in between dips in the ocean and sunset walks — without feeling guilty for spending a fortune.

7. Hitch a Boleia

A common way of getting around Mozambique is to hitchhike in a boleia in Portuguese. Tofo isn’t big, but if you want to get to the ATM, which is a bit of a walk, a ride is much quicker and much more fun, too!

I took a few boleias that were somehow just as unwinding as laying on the beach — I sat in the back of a pickup truck and viewed as we passed little villages with turf huts and hundreds of trees heavy with mango fruit. Some boleias are even boats.

They’re easy to get. You just have to make sure you’re at a logical intersection in purchase to get a ride. Ask around before you give it a try, so as to get some intel from the locals.

A note on boleias: I can’t recommend this as a solo traveler, especially if you don’t speak any Portuguese, and in general I can’t say this is the safest method of traveling, but, as mentioned, it’s common in “Moz” and the way that I, personally, typically got around. 

I’m thankful that despite the mostly negative information I encountered about Mozambique, I listened to the few people who told me that it was a fantastic place worth exploring. I’m thankful that I saw it for myself, and I’m thrilled to share it with you now.

Just because a destination isn’t as well known doesn’t imply it can’t be wonderful. If you have a chance to go to Mozambique, take it, and come back and let me know how it treated you!

Kristin Addis is a solo female travel expert who inspires women to travel the world in an authentic and adventurous way. A former investment banker who sold all of her valuables and left California in 2012, Kristin has solo traveled the world for over eight years, covering every continent (except for Antarctica, but it’s on her list). There’s practically nothing she won’t try and practically nowhere she won’t explore. You can find much more of her musings at Be My travel Muse or on Instagram and Facebook.

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