Thursday, February 25, 2010

Inhambane



This provincial capital town lies on the edge of a tidal lagoon, in the southern part of Mozambique. The bay is sheltered between two sandy headlands. Today the region is popular with tourists looking for unspoiled beaches and safe scuba diving. For me, though, it is the town's history that is most fascinating.

Inhambane's waterfront promenade and mangrove swamp


Inhambane was founded by the Arabs and was at one time the centre of the East African slave and ivory trades. The Portugese gradually wrested control from the Arab traders, using this region as a refuelling stop on the route to India. Their rule only ended in 1975 when the nation of Mozambique attained independence.



The colonial influence is still there, in the crumbling buildings and language, but Mozambique offers so much more, in the diversity of its culture, its people, and its landscapes, and its down to earth nature.

 The surprisingly art deco Teatro

Even for those of us who live a stone's throw away, across the border in South Africa, Inhambane is exotic and wonderful. As long as you can stand the heat!

 
Inside the grand municipal building

6 comments:

  1. Those pictures gorgeous! I don't think I could put up with the heat though.

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  2. Thanks Romy! I love the whole travelling experience from my butt in front of the pc thing going on here! Long live air-conditioning!

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  3. These are great pictures, Romy, especially the last one! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Old and new, traditions and modern art, rich and poor... Such contrasts! It must have been a fantastic experience, Romy!

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  5. I've sent you a happy cupcake award! (Don't eat it all at once).

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  6. Love these pics and would like very much to try and put up with the heat. I actually like hot, although maybe living and having to work in it full time may prove a bit much. Would so love to give it a go, though :-)

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