Inhaca Island, Mozambique – The Lovely People Island

  Sitting 33km due east from the capital of Mozambique which is Maputo is a sub-tropical island which measures 12km by 7km. It’s called Inhaca island!     It is speculated that Vasco Da Gama would have sighted Inhaca island in 1497/98. The island was used as a trading post in the 1500,s mainly for ivory trade, however on of the most interesting features throughout the period of Portuguese trading was its fame as a haven of refuge for shipwrecked mariners working their way up the coast from the south. After indescribable hardships suffered on the long coast journey on foot, they always found the natives of Inhaca friendly and helpful. The first of these shipwrecks was the Galleon S. JOAO’ in 1552. After 3 months of traveling along the coast they reached Inhaca and were taken in by the tribe and king and offered food and hospitality and begged to stay until the next trading ship arrived. This little island has been inhabited by local tribes for hundreds of years and has seen ups and downs political strife and economic woes. I have been privileged to have been part of its history for 31years and have fondly called it “god’s country” since the first time I landed on its beaches as a young 21year old that was passionate about saltwater fly-fishing. For me the beauty of the island has always been not just the pristine natural beauty but the friendliness and attitude of its locals. It seems to me that when children grow up in a safe happy environment where they can run and play without feeling danger...