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Sofala – Travel Discover Mozambique
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Sofala

Sofala is situated in central Mozambique, and is an important meeting point between the South, North and West, by means of the Beira “corridor route” an old and very important naturally formed route the North and West can reach the interior and neighbouring countries.

To the North are Tete and Zambezia, to the South Inhambane, to the West Manica and to the East the Indian Ocean. The main urban centre is the city of Beira, built slightly north of the ancient town of Sofala on lands that were originally swamps, below sea level and near one of the most important ports in the country and in Africa.

Its name comes from D. Filipe da Beira who landed there on an official visit at the beginning of the XX century.

The main ethnic groups are the Sena and Ndau.

How to Get There

From the South, daily flights from Maputo or the EN1 road route from Zimbabwe and Manica on the EN 6 and From the North by plane or road.

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What to Visit

In the city of Beira can be visited The Catedral, on Av Eduardo Mondlane, built-in 1925. Stones dating back to the XVI century from the fort of Sofala, which has since been slowly engulfed by the sea, were used in its construction.
– Infante Sagres House situated in the square bearing the same name.
– House of Portugal, a colonial-era building situated in Praça do Metical.
– “Casa dos Bicos”, on Av Samora Machel, is a modern building used for exhibitions and other events.
– Municipal Square is a very attractive area, colonial in architecture and situated in the heart of the city. There are shops, esplanades and others inviting the visitor to spend here a few leisurely and pleasant hours.
Outside the City:
– The National Park of Gorongosa, the natural habitat of various species of large animals and birds.
– The Marromeu Buffalo Reserve.

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Tourist Hotspots

About 10 Km inland is a resort called “Six Miles”. Here in a beautiful tropical setting is An artificial lagoon dotted whit tiny islands where the visitor can take a swim or a leisurely ride on a pedal boat “gaivota”. Between the lighthouse of Macuti and The Nautical Club is Salinas, yet another baeutiful beach.

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Where to Eat

Restaurants offer good food, prepared mainly with fresh fish and shellfish.

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Entertainment

Bars and discotheques are an Attractive option to relax and enjoy the local ambiance.

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Fairs and Events

The Sanctuary on the road to Manica is the site of a pilgrimage that takes place every year in remembrance of the past before the Portuguese arrived in Mozambique. Another ancient tradition, still kept, is the making of incisions or tattoos on the body in the form of geometrical patterns to enhance the beauty and keep away evil spirits from this and other worlds.

Where to Shop

The Sanctuary on the road to Manica is the site of a pilgrimage that takes place every year in remembrance of the past before the Portuguese arrived in Mozambique. Another ancient tradition, still kept, is the making of incisions or tattoos on the body in the form of geometrical patterns to enhance the beauty and keep away evil spirits from this and other worlds.

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Sport

Shooting and hunting is allowed in especially reserved game areas. Accompanied by a local guide, the magnificent views of Gorongosa Mountain, the highest peak of which is 1820m, is as exciting as it is and breathtaking. There is also a Golf Course for those who enjoy the practice of this sport.

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