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Inhambane and Tofo

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Situated on a peninsula protecting a spacious bay, Inhambane was the most southern point visited by Arab traders so it has a strong Muslim influence. Since then the Portuguese have added a second architectural layer and created a fascinating mix of styles.

Inhambane is one of Africa's oldest towns and has a host of historical attractions. Backpackers can take a trip to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception, built by the portugese around 170 - 200 years ago and if you climb the Cathedrals ladder, there are some fabulous 360 degree views of the historic town and Inhambanes port.

Budget travellers can take a visit to the old Railway Station ... here you will find lots of interesting old steam trains that arn't in use anymore, trains wheels and parts scattered everywhere - as well as working clanking away at scrap metal.

Experience a 2.7km ride to Inhambane in a traditional dhow made by local Mozambicans who offer this service for a small fee. The journey is much shorter to get to Inhambane via dhow than by vehicle (57km shorter). This makes the bay between the 2 towns very busy with locals travelling by dhow.

Tofo beach, about 30 km out of town (catch a chapas to get there), has great scuba diving and is one of Mozambique’s few surf destinations. Girls, don't walk on your own on the beach please, it is dangerous. Or check with your hostel manager to find out where it's ok and where it isn't.

Built on sand dunes just metres away from the sea, Fatima’s Nest Backpackers has a stunning ocean view and is a mere coconut’s throw from the village and market while Mozambeat Motel offers all the budget traveller needs to enjoy Tofo.