Anytime you go on holiday it’s good to know a few things, like where to eat or where to go to get cash out. In this section, we’ve taken the time to go through some of the most frequently asked questions and compiled them into an easy to digest list of things that are “good to know”.
When to come
Tofo is a year round tourist destination so there is never a bad time to come. There are, however, certain times of the year, depending on your preferences, that might appeal to you more. Summers, from November to March, bring hot days and warm nights and is the perfect time for those looking to escape the northern hemisphere winter. Beaches fill up with international visitors eager to share their Christmas and New Years with friends and family and Tofo comes alive at night competing with the stars for vacationers attentions.
February to March hails the rainy season but typically these are simply refreshing tropical showers. Surfers descend from around the world looking for the perfect spring tide wave and Tofo settles down waiting for its next peak season around Easter. This is a perfect time to come if you like things on the quitter side. Temperatures start to drop slightly but are still summer certified and local fruits start to come into season decorating the plates of restaurants in the area.
Winter, from April to October, is mild with warm to hot days and cool evenings. For those that can’t handle the heat, this is the time for you. If you are eager to spot humpback plan for this time period as they are most active during the winter months.
Regardless of when you come, it’s always the right time here!
Where to eat
Café Sol – With a prime location on Tofo Beach, Café Sol is a great spot to grab light snacks, delicious baked goods, or as the name suggests, grab a coffee or a freshly made juice. Café Sol also functions as a surf shop keeping clothes, wax, and gear in stock for purchase
Tofo-Tofo – Tofo Tofo is located at the entrance to town, adjacent to the police station, and serves up delicious meals inspired by international flavors. Known for affordable food with hearty portions, Tofo Tofo has become a staple of visitor’s restaurant circuit. Tofo Tofo offers delivery services as well. Try their prawns!
Branko’s Pizza – Located behind Tofo’s central market on a lane with small shops lies Tofo’s very own pizza place, Branko’s. Serving up pies cooked in a special pizza oven, Branko’s is quick, affordable, and tasty! He also delivers, but if you’re in the mood to dine in you can always try one of his innovative hot rock dishes where you can cook your own marinated steak, prawns, or fish!
What you Want – Around the corner from Branko’s and situated next to Tofo’s only five-star PADI center, Diversity Scuba, lies What you Want. Hungry divers often can be found grabbing a bite for lunch but they specialize in fine Italian dining with a few Mozambican inspired dishes as well. It is a lovely spot to relax with plenty of space for large parties.
Casa de Comer – If French is your thing, Casa de Comer will be sure to delight. Known for the quality of its dishes, Casa de Comer is one of two fine dining establishments in Tofo. Tucked away behind a low-hanging thatch roof and around the corner for Diversity Scuba and What you Want, Casa de Comer is the perfect spot for a romantic evening in town.
Hotel del Mar – Tofo’s restaurant on the sea boasts renowned Portuguese Chef Carlos Meves. Hotel del Mar is the spot for special occasions or to simply enjoy a fabulous meal as close to the water as you can get. The restaurant specializes in Portuguese dishes focusing on freshness, quality and presentation. They also have a small selection of international and Mozambican cuisine on their bar menu.
Lobster Chalets Restaurant – The restaurant at Lobster Chalets serves meals upon request so that we can cater to our guests specific food requirements and cravings! The Chef produces European quality meals in an intimate and beautiful setting expertly made and lovingly delivered. After a long day of diving, surfing or exploring, sometimes you want nothing more than to stay in, and at Lobster Chalets Restaurant, they want nothing more than to make your night relaxing and memorable. At Lobster Chalets, when guests choose to stay in it doesn’t mean they’ll be missing out.
Where to get money & petrol
Tofo doesn’t have an ATM but there is a petrol station 5 kilometers outside of town on the road to Inhambane that serves as the community’s cash and gas point. Inhambane has several banks, restaurants, petrol stations and ATMs as well and located only 24 kilometers from Tofo is easily accessible, but for most people’s needs the local petrol station is enough. You can also purchase food, drinks, and basic shopping necessities such as insect repellent or toiletries.
Where to buy groceries
If you want to buy some groceries for your stay, Tofo now has a small specialty grocer located at the junction between Barra and Tofo approximately 15 km along the road to Inhambane. Machavange has all the basic food supplies you would need as well as a great selection of fresh locally grown produce, quality South African meats and cheeses, and specialty items.
Where to buy souvenirs
Tofo Market, jutting up against Tofo Beach and centrally located, is a great place to experience local culture. Buy fresh vegetables and fish or browse the rows of hand-crafted souvenirs and capulana clothing. You can even get an ice cream here on the weekends when Branko’s ice cream shop opens up!
Where to go if you’re sick
No one likes to think about getting ill on holiday, but if the worst happens and you need medical assistance, there is a hospital in Inhambane as well as a private clinic. If your need isn’t urgent there is a pharmacy located near the central market in Tofo which is well stocked with everything from bandages to malaria medicine.
Where to go if you need assistance
Tofo has a police station located at the entrance to town. If you have any trouble during your stay in Tofo we’ll go with you to the police station. Tofo has a wonderful reputation and violent crime and thievery aren’t serious issues. While it is always advisable to travel in groups and keep aware when traveling, Tofo isn’t a town where you need to fear the night.
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