Flight tickets from Durban to Vilankulu

Vilanculos is a vibrant coastal town situated on the coast of Mozambique. Boasting magnificent white-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, Vilanculos is a paradise destination for those looking to relax and unwind. Located near the ocean, visitors can enjoy many outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing and boat rides, as well as historical sights. Explore below all the wonderful things Vilanculos has to offer.

Getting to Know Vilanculos

Vilanculos is an emerging city in Mozambique located on the Indian Ocean coastline. It is the capital of Inhambane Province and one of the oldest cities in Mozambique. The population of Vilanculos is around 101,748 people as of 2019. The city is mainly comprised of ethnic Makua and Chopi people. Christians account for the majority of the population. Vilanculos follows Central Africa Time (CAT), which is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2). The official language of Vilanculos is Portuguese. Additionally, various local languages are spoken such as Makua, Chopi, and Tswa. The currency used in Vilanculos is the Mozambican Metical (MT). However, US dollars are widely accepted in shops and restaurants.

Climate and Weather

Vilanculos is located in Mozambique and has a tropical climate, with hot and wet summers and mild, dry winters. The average temperature is between 25 and 28°C. The rainy season usually lasts from November to April, with rains becoming more intense as the hot and dry summer months approach. The dry season usually lasts from May to October with temperatures around 25°C. There is typically little rain during these months. The highest recorded temperature was 38°C, and the lowest recorded temperature was 0°C. The city is sometimes subject to extreme weather events, such as cyclones, due to its proximity to the coast. The air quality in Vilanculos is generally good, as the nearby mountains and ocean provide ventilation. Pollutants, such as smoke and dust, can be found in some areas, particularly during the drier months.

Touring Vilanculos: Airport and Transportation

There is one airport in Vilanculos, the Vilanculos International Airport (VNX). You can get from the airport to downtown in Vilanculos by taxi, transfer vehicle, or shuttle bus. The cost of a taxi from the airport to downtown Vilanculos can range from 200 to 500 Meticais depending on traffic and the time of day. The shuttle bus costs around 200 Meticais for one way. Yes, you can change money at Vilanculos airport, at foreign exchange kiosks located at the Arrival area.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Vilanculos

  1. Vilanculos is known as the 'Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago', an ecologically diverse and stunning group of islands off the coast
  2. The local cultural influences are a mix of the Makua, Tsonga, and Emakhuwa heritage, providing food and cultural influences that are unique to this area
  3. Tourists can experience the rich culture of Vilanculos through visits to local villages and traditional ceremonies, experiencing their music and dances

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