Travelling on the EN1, you will know you are approaching the provincial capital, Inhambane, when coconut palms begin to dominate the landscape. To reach the town, turn off at Lindela (unsignposted – watch for Quinta de St. António the) and then continue for 33km (20 miles).
In the early 15th century, Portuguese explorers established a permanent trading post here, making Inhambane one of the oldest European settlements in southern Africa. Lying on the eastern shore of the large sheltered Bay of Inhambane, the sleepy and neat town has about 50,000 inhabitants. There is an airport suitable for large aircraft and the town also has port facilities capable of accommodating ships with a displacement of up to 10,000 tonnes.