South of Maputo
INHACA AND THE ISLANDS
This is a popular daytrip and weekend break for residents of Maputo, many of whom avail themselves of the special package trips offered by Pestana Hotels and Resorts. The flight takes 15 minutes from Maputo airport or you can organise a boat trip through one of the many companies who offer this service. Facilities for tourists are well-established. The island of Inhaca is about 35kms from Maputo and from there it is possible to visit nearby Portuguese Island, Xefina and Santa Maria point. The reefs around the islands are the most southerly in Africa and dive and snorkel enthusiasts will find plenty to do and see there. A large part of Inhaca has been designated a wildlife protection area and the island has been a centre of scientific research for many years. The university marine research station and museum, south of Inhaca village, offers clean, basic accomodation. The wildlife in the area includes such species as loggerhead turtles and birds such as hammerkops, pelicans and flamingoes. There are many companies offering boat charter and excursions from Maputo, only a few of which are listed here. They can organise the trip to suit your preferences and some will include diving or snorkelling equipment on board.
NKOMATI SAFARIS Tel: (01) 492612/3553
SABIN AIR Tel: (01) 465108/429277
INHACA ISLAND LODGE