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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. They cost M175 (Sep 2009), with maybe a little extra for luggage. 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. See the By Boat section below.
Minibuses from Inhambane to Maputo take about 8.75 hours and cost about M350 (Sep 2009).
The main ferry to from Maxixe to Inhambane runs every 1-1.5 hours, costs M10 (Sep 2009), and takes 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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There's Internet for M80 per hour (Sep 2009) at Verdinho's on Ave. de Independencia.
See also International Telephone Calls
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