Maxixe is situated across the bay from Inhambane town, a mere 3km away. Any holiday in Inhambane should include a trip on a Dhow.
Why would that be? The round trip by car Roughly 70 Km) on a road that is in very bad condition takes a long time.
In any case, why would you want to drive by car if you can make the trip in an authentic Arabian Dhow? It is such a wonderful experience which you will never forget.
Inhambane is the southern most point in Africa with an operational dhow fleet. The town of Maxixe has a busy market and the dhows are crossing the bay all the time.
So, there is no reason not to bargain with the master of a dhow to ferry you across the bay.
Enjoy the pictures...
|Boarding a dhow is simple. You take off your shoes, roll up your trousers and wade through the shallows...|
|...where you clamber aboard. There is a modern pier under construction where you can board a proper ferry to cross the bay, but this is much more fun!|
|All Aboard! It is sometimes a bit crowded as the master tries to squeeze in as many passengers as possible, but who cares? It is all part of the experience.|
|On this trip there was hardly any wind at all, so the crew certainly earned their money by rowing us across the bay.|
|As you leave the harbor there is a lovely view of this church. There are a number of beautiful as well as old and impressive church buildings throughout Mozambique|
|When you disembark, keep an eye out for this restaurant on your right hand side. It is a block from the harbor. if you want to go to the market, just carry on straight. The road from the harbor ends at the market entrance..|
|The restaurant is set in a beautiful, shady garden...|
|...with lovely views across the bay...|
|...such as this...|
|...and this. In this part of the world you tend to get trigger happy with a camera!|
|In case I have not mentioned it before, the local 2M beer is great!|
|At the end of a lovely day, it is time to head back to the harbour...|
|...where once again you board in the traditional manner.|
|The sunlight ripples on the water as we return to Inhambane. What a lovely day. You must try this, another Magical Southern African Safari moment.|