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Praia do Tofo (Photo Diary)

All flippers and limbs, we gracelessly fell backwards from the boat and in to the sub tropical Indian Ocean. Before I had a chance to adjust my eyes, I felt a bump and turned to face every plankton’s worst fear; the gummy cavernous mouth of the world’s biggest fish. Unperturbed by my slack jawed mimicry, the whale shark casually propelled itself past with a few languid flicks of its powerful tail. It appeared to be moving in slow motion and yet we could barely keep up. More whale sharks appeared and we followed them until they dived too deep. We could hear humpback whales singing to one another in the distance.

Much like the whale sharks, Tofo’s locals have an unhurried, laid back approach to life. Fisher folk still sail in and out of the bay in dhows and time is measured not by ticking clocks but by the ebb and flow of the tide. We learnt how to play an ancient game called Bao as we waited (an African length of time) for our tasty prawns and calamari to be cooked up in a shack by the sea.

With so many travellers washing in on its white shore, we felt blessed to witness Tofo’s culture, pristine dunes and abundant marine life before they are inevitably spoilt by its popularity.

Truck roof travel. If a seatbelt law is ever enforced, Africa will grind to a halt. Mozambique.

Truck roof travel. If a seatbelt law is ever enforced, Africa will grind to a halt.

 

God is my Judge corner shop. Mozambique.

God is my Judge corner shop.

 

Axe ready for the coconuts. Mozambique.

Axe ready for the coconuts.

 

"We keep you alive to serve this ship. Row well, and live." (Ben Hur) Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

"We keep you alive to serve this ship. Row well, and live." (Ben Hur)

 

Dhow trade. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Dhow trade.

 

"Why did I open my big mouth?" Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

"Why did I open my big mouth?"

 

Good things come to those who bait. All we need now is seven loaves. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Good things come to those who bait. All we need now is seven loaves.

 

Laid back Tofo life. Praia do Tofo market, Mozambique.

Laid back Tofo life.

 

Every hour is happy hour in Tofo. Praia do Tofo market bar, Mozambique.

Every hour is happy hour in Tofo.

 

Who's got the biggest melons? Praia do Tofo market, Mozambique.

Who's got the biggest melons?

 

Our comfortable camp at Fatima's Nest. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Our comfortable camp at Fatima's Nest.

 

How to slow cook a tourist. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

How to slow cook a tourist.

 

Web surfer turned soul surfer. Praia do Tofo beach, Mozambique.

Web surfer turned soul surfer.

 

As Gordon Ramsay says "Keep it simple." Black and White Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

As Gordon Ramsay says "Keep it simple."

 

View from the chef's table. Black and White Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

View from the chef's table.

 

The one that got away? Black and White Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

The one that got away?

 

None for the pot. Black and White Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

None for the pot.

 

Uno hustlers. Black and White Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Uno hustlers.

 

Black & White is an African beats filled shack by the sea which serves cheap, authentic grub and is hard to leave. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Black & White is an African beats filled shack by the sea which serves cheap, authentic grub and is hard to leave.

 

Entrepreneurial young boys make trinkets for tourists with shells that they collect along the shore. Impressed with their skill and ingenuity, we commissioned some lovely headbands for Vagabond Van. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Entrepreneurial young boys make trinkets for tourists with shells that they collect along the shore. Impressed with their skill and ingenuity, we commissioned some lovely headbands for Vagabond Van.

 

Where time is still measured by the tides. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Where time is still measured by the tides.

 

Lachlan got a lift with a German couple in their 1965 Unimog. A makeshift syringe is required to stop the engine. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Lachlan got a lift with a German couple in their 1965 Unimog. A makeshift syringe is required to stop the engine.

 

Vorsprung Durch Technik. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Vorsprung Durch Technik.

 

Worshipping at Whale Shark Mecca. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Worshipping at Whale Shark Mecca.

 

Gulp! Praia do Tofo, Mozambique. (Photo by fellow snorkeler, Tristan Guttridge of www.silentwildlife.com.)

Gulp! (Photo by fellow snorkeler, Tristan Guttridge of www.silentwildlife.com.)

 

Being a whale shark in Tofo certainly has its perks. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique. (Photo by fellow snorkeler, Tristan Guttridge of www.silentwildlife.com.)

Being a whale shark in Tofo certainly has its perks. (Photo by fellow snorkeler, Tristan Guttridge of www.silentwildlife.com.)

 

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” (Mother Teresa) Praia do Tofo, Mozambique. (Photo by fellow snorkeler, Tristan Guttridge of www.silentwildlife.com.)

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” (Mother Teresa) (Photo by fellow snorkeler, Tristan Guttridge of www.silentwildlife.com.)

 

Exquisite design man can only dream of imitating. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique. (Photo by fellow snorkeler, Tristan Guttridge of www.silentwildlife.com.)

Exquisite design man can only dream of imitating. (Photo by fellow snorkeler, Tristan Guttridge of www.silentwildlife.com.)

 

Pop-eye. Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

Pop-eye.

 

You promise there aren't any more landmines about? Praia do Tofo, Mozambique.

You promise there aren't any more landmines about?

 

Please check out Tristan Guttridge’s site, Silent Wildlife.

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2 Responses to “Praia do Tofo (Photo Diary)”

  1. Wow, I am blown away by your beautiful blog, the writing is superb and the photographs are so amazing. I will be checking back and following you along on your excellent adventures with great interest! So glad to have found you guys! Hope you’ll be along to visit our travel blog as well!

  2. thompson charambira,zimbabwe says:

    quite enjoyable indeed.please invite me to one of your journeys in any part of africa

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