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Inhambane is one of the oldest settlements on the east coast of Mozambique, having been a trading post for about a thousand years and being one of Vasco da Gama's favourite spots in Africa. With churches, mosques, and a Hindu temple, it shows an ecumenical side typical of this coast, and the colonial era buildings display styles including Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. Its low-key charm tends to be overlooked by its role as a transit town for visitors to Tofo but it's worth a day or two of anyone's pottering.
Chapas (minibuses) between Vilanculos and Maxixe (pronounced Masheesh) leave from Vilanculos up to about midday. The journey takes about 5 hours, because a portion of the road (between Nhachengue and Massinga) is in poor condition. It's also four people to a row so is not a comfortable ride. Once you see the jetty at Maxixe, ask to be dropped off.
Minibuses from Inhambane to Maputo take about 8.5 hours.
The main ferry to from Maxixe to Inhambane runs every 1-1.5 hours, taking 20-25 minutes. You'll be asked to leave any luggage outside the passenger compartment. It will then be dumped on the jetty at Inhambane from where you can retrieve it. If the ferry isn't there, you'll be approached by dhow captains offering you a ride. They also charge M10 and take the same time as the ferry.
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Internet is widely available in Maputo, with many internet cafes and all major hotels having internet access. Outside Maputo internet coverage is sporadic and mostly available in places frequented by tourists. Local Telecommunication de Mozambique (TDM) offices almost always have internet although speed and availability can be problematic.
See also International Telephone Calls
Mozambique's international telephone code is 258.
mCel is the state-owned provider, and as of yet the government has only licensed one other company, the South-African owned Vodacom Mozambique. Apparently a third is arriving shortly. GPRS (data and internet) are available on mCel, with 3G in Maputo and other main cities. Vodacom have 3G in many towns and GPRS Edge elsewhere. The APN is internet. Check your phone manual for setting instructions. The mCel service is not entirely reliable, especially outside Maputo. Vodacom is generally very good. While it is OK to buy credit from the hundreds of vendors roaming the streets wearing mCel or Vodacom shirts you should never buy SIM cards / starter packs, in many cases they sell them at hugely inflated prices and often they will be from one of the many recalled batches that no longer work. Any mobile phone store can sell you a working starter pack for around 50Mts.
Correios de Moçambique offers postal services in the country, but they are slow and unreliable at times. For parcels you should definately contact companies like FedEx, DHL, UPS or TNT, as they offer far better services.
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