Sleepy East Africa
The whale shark ‘Mecca’
Dhow fishing boats

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Inhambane, Mozambique

Lying on Mozambique’s tropical east coast, Inhambane (pronounced In-yam-baan) is one of the sleepier destinations on your MSC Cruises’ South Africa cruise holiday. 

Those for whom ‘holiday’ means ‘relaxation’ will be happy sitting, drink in hand, at the harbour as they watch the local sailing boats, or dhows, glide gracefully into the port, which is home to one of East Africa’s largest dhow fleets.
Imhambane is also one of the best diving locations in the world, with regular sightings of giant whale sharks, turtles and manta rays. Bazaruto National Park, the largest sea park in Africa, is to the north, Manta Reef and Gallaria nearer by, while Tofu Beach to the east provides the closest diving, and is also known as the whale shark Mecca of the world.

One of the oldest coastal settlements in Mozambique, dhows have traded here since the eleventh century. The first European to visit was Vasco de Gama in the late fifteenth century, who took an instant liking to it, and named it Terra de Boa Gente, which means ‘land of the good people’. You’ll see why as you peruse the stalls in the local market, or mercado, munching away on cashew as you take in the colourful array of spices, vegetables and sea food.

Over the years it grew to become a major trading centre, but then declined in the twentieth century to become today’s dreamy town, where for sightseeing you can take in the museum, the mosque, or the cathedral in the old town, where a rusty ladder leads up to the spire.

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    この国の 人々は陽気で、とても親切です。 この国には、かつての植民地らしさと伝統的な小屋が残る街や村、バオバブやマングローブの林、自然のままの群島、そして、素晴らしい自然保護区があります。 ポルトガルの植民地であったモザンビークを訪れるクルーズでは、アフリカ、アラブ、インドの影響を受けた宮殿、要塞、教会など、植民地時代の面影が強く残るこの街の魅力に感動することでしょう。


    さらに、海からこの国を訪れる人々を感動させるのは、アフリカで最も美しいビーチがある3,000Kmの長さの海岸線です。 白い砂浜、透き通った海、そよ風にたなびくヤシの木、まるで絵に描いたような熱帯でのバケーションを楽しむことができます。 そして、バザルト島、ベンゲラ島、マガルク島、サンタ・カロライナ島、インハカ島など、宝石のように美しい島々もあります。 どの島もダイビングやシュノーケリングに最高の場所です。 イルカ、ザトウクジラ、ジュゴン、アオウミガメやアカウミガメのような島の海洋生物が、寄港地観光をさらに素晴らしいものにしてくれます。