Vilankulo overview

On 22nd of February 2007, much of Vilankulo was devastated by Cyclone Favio which struck Inhambane Province with ferocious 170mph winds. But the town recovered quickly, thanks to the incredible spirit of the community with the aid from industrial nations. Today, Vilankulo has the largest accumulation of tourist facilities and services among the many coastal towns in the entire province.
A relatively small town, Vilankulo was named after a local tribal chief, Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke (some of its suburbs are named after his children), and was called Vilanculos during the colonial period. Soon after independence, the name was changed to Vilankulo, with the district retaining the name Vilanculos.
Measuring just about 5km long which can be explored in some two to three hours, Vilankulo is one of the favorite and perhaps the number one tourist destination in Mozambique because it is the gateway to the enchanting Bazaruto Archipelago on the Indian Ocean.

must see in Vilankulo

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To come to Vilankulo and not sail to Bazaruto Archipelago is inconceivable. The islands are a definite Must See. The town’s first church is well worth seeing as well as the recently renovated Hotel Dona Ana which was built in 1969. Mercado Municipal, the main market is a lively hub and is worth checking out, especially if you need to pick up fish, fruits and food items, basic items, some keepsakes and souvenirs.
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  • Old Church

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Food and Drinks in Vilankulo

Vilankulo boasts one of the largest tourist facilities despite being a relatively small town. All the hotels in town offer a good choice of continental menu, while a couple of nice restaurants around equally offer both local and foreign options. Fast food options and light snacks are available with several food stalls and outlets around. Fish plays a healthy role in the menu and cashew nut is also popular. One of the popular dishes in the country is Matapa.

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