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Getting there & away

Buses leave from Praça do Maquinino, northwest of Praça do Município (Beira’s main square) to Chimoio (US$5, three hours), Vilankulo (US$12, nine hours) and Maputo (US$24 to US$30, 18 hours). Buses to Quelimane (US$16.50, nine hours) depart from Mar Azul in Pioneiros bairro, 1km north of the centre.

Otherwise, take a chapa to Inchope, 130km west of Beira at the EN6-EN1 junction, and try your luck with passing buses there. Travel north is much improved these days thanks to the excellent sealed road from Inchope to Caia, where there’s a ferry over the Zambezi River.