Tailored from £2,200 per person excl. flights
8 days Inhambane, Tofo & Barra
8 days Inhambane, Tofo & Barra
This could be the ultimate beach getaway! We have teamed up with the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF), project pioneers and ocean saviours for many of southern Africa’s most endangered aquatic species, to offer a unique opportunity for our clients to partake in active conservation efforts. Included too in this week-long itinerary are some other wonderful wildlife highlights including estuary snorkelling with pygmy sea horses and mangrove kayaking to see flamingos and other rare birdlife. There is also ample chance to enjoy the world class golden sandy beaches, underwater drift drives and sumptuous surfing conditions on offer as well as visits into the historic town of Inhambane.
You will be based in the quaint, vibrant village of Tofo; a bit of a hidden gem if you ask us! Once solely a sleepy fishing village cross hangout for the intrepid backpacker and surf enthusiast, Tofo today has benefitted from a steady, yet still small, stream of international expats to develop a low-key, thriving tourism and conservation-focused community. The sleepy authenticity of a traditional Mozambican village remains; with a buzzing local food market at the heart of Tofo life, complemented by some fantastic Portuguese and Italian restaurants together with lively beach bars well-frequented by divers and surfers alike!
Mass tourism has, thankfully, not yet discovered the region (aside from the influx of South African partygoers over the Christmas/New Year period) and thus you will not find big hotels here. Instead, there are a pleasing plethora of characterful independent accommodation options of which we have opted for the eco-minded, ever-reliable Sava Dunes.
Perfectly positioned in mind for activity launch sites in Tofo and the nearby Barra beach, this five-bedroom owner run lodge commands expansive views of both beach and ocean, and offers a tranquil beach retreat experience, with a raw, close-to-nature appeal.
This itinerary works perfectly for any interested in the underwater world and the incredible work going on here.
Today your journey begins, you arrive in to Vilanculos airport (VNX) and are met on arrival to be transferred south to your accommodation.
This gorgeous 5 bedroom eco-lodge will be your home for the next week whilst you get stuck in experiencing the very best this area has to offer. Your room commands expansive views of beach and ocean and offers a tranquil beach retreat experience, with a raw, close-to-nature appeal. 5 chalets have double/twin beds with mosquito netting, open-plan bathrooms (no partitions) and solar-heated showers with sea views.
Each chalet has a private deck featuring a hammock and swinging chair and the beach is only a few metres away. Rooms connect to the main lodge via a wooden walkway which winds through coastal vegetation, arriving at a bar and dining area, and an outdoor poolside lounge and deck with a pool and swim-up bar. The menu skilfully combines in season local produce and traditional seafood.
The next six full days you will explore this gorgeous part of the world with the experts at Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF).
MMF has been conducting ground-breaking marine research along Mozambique’s southern coastline since 2003. Their team pioneered the exploration of the Mozambican coastline, made countless scientific discoveries, and is continuing with world-leading research on threatened marine species, specifically sharks, rays, and sea turtles.
For your week here you will have the incredible experience of getting to go behind the scenes at MMF, meet the experts, see world-leading research and join in whichever project is on-going (this will be determined at time of travel).
MMF have core projects that they focus on and work with numerous researchers. Below are examples of projects you could experience whilst out here. Do note this will vary greatly depending on what is going on at the time of travel, but we promise you are in for a once in a lifetime experience.
Experience the passion and commitment these top researchers have to each specific project giving you a small summary into a huge project that will change the environment for the better, and the MMF team would be happy to even keep you updated in the future on how things are unfolding on the specific project once you return home.
There will be some additional included activities on a couple of your days to get you out and about and exploring this gorgeous ecosystem.
One day you will take to the sea for your Ocean Safari, this will be a great introduction to the area and if you travel in June-October you may even be lucky enough to jump in and have a swim with the mighty humpback whales as they cruise past Mozambique.
Another day you will take to the mangroves, this is a extremely important and endangered habitat to it’s great to get out and explore. You will explore the incredible mangroves of Barra and spend moments of pure nature seeing fantastic birdlife and a chance to see the flamingos. This tour is about 2 hours long as you gently paddle and explore the labyrinths of waterways.
The last included additional activity will be a half day snorkelling expedition into the estuary. It is a 30-minute walk through the mangroves and over the mudbanks of the estuary to the snorkelling reef. The reef itself is very shallow and full of life. The first things that you will be spotting are a myriad of crazy coloured sea stars, and peculiar looking sea cucumbers. But when your eyes start to adjust you will begin to see other ocean critters. A variety of creatures from crabs, frogfish, pipefish, cowfish, pufferfish and much more. But of course, the stars of the show are the sea horses –which come in a variety of sizes and colours. You will have an experienced guide who will help you to spot these beautiful little creatures.
When not busy with your special projects you will of course have time to explore the golden beaches, laze by the pool and soak up the Mozambique sun!
Today your amazing adventure comes to an end.
You’ve had a wonderful time learning more about the oceans and met some world-leading experts of this underwater world. It’s time to pack your bags, be driven to Vilanculos and board your flight home.
The MMF team will stay in touch about all the projects you were involved in, giving regular updates. And hopefully one day you will return to see the progression in person!
After eight days in this little slice of heaven, we are sure you will be hooked on the deep blue, the amazing animals and the wonderful Mozambican people. Where will you go next?