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    As Mozambique continues to establish itself on the global travel map, exciting new tourist regions are springing up. One of these areas is Inhambane, a small city on the southeast coast about 290 miles (470km) north of Maputo and easily accessed by a tarred road.

    Previously, tourists merely passed through Inhambane on their way to the beaches of Tofo, Cocos, and Barra. These days, more and more are stopping over to savour the historic city, with its sleepy atmosphere and faded colonial architecture.

    Tourist attractions in Inhambane include the Church of our Lady of Conception. It's a 175-year-old building that features a ladder stretching up to its topmost spire, offering panoramic views of the old quarter and harbour.

    The Mercado Central is a market where colourful arrays of fresh produce are for sale. Adventurous travellers can strike out for more remote areas of the province, where picturesque villages and mangrove swamps lie in wait.

    Most tourist activities like diving, snorkelling, and whale-spotting take place at the beaches located about 14 miles (22km) up the coast. But tourists should enjoy a traditional dhow ride to the historic trading port Maxixe, a larger city across the bay.

    Of particular interest to those planning a tour around southern Africa is the fact that Inhambane is a direct flight away from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

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    English Pronounciation
    Inhambane Airport
    Location: The airport is located on the outskirts of the city of Inhambane in Mozambique.
    Time: GMT +2
    Getting to the city: Taxis are readily available at the airport. Ask one of the friendly airport staff members what they feel a reasonable fare into Inhambane city is, and agree on this price before getting into the taxi.
    Facilities: Inhambane has very limited facilities, although there are a few snack kiosks available. On the plus side, queues are ridiculously short at the airport, so you will not have too much time to kill.
    Parking There is plenty of both short- and long-term parking available at Inhambane Airport. However, parking is largely of the uncovered variety, and security might be an issue.

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