Escape to stunning unspoiled coastal wilderness in southern Mozambique.
Machangulo Beach Lodge, south of Maputo, nestles in dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula overlooking the Indian Ocean and Inhaca Island. It is very close to the channel between the island and the mainland. As well as the sand dunes, there are vegetated dunes, and of course there are miles of secluded beaches.
The lodge’s rooms and villas are stylishly furnished each with private decks. Five of the chalets sit high on a ridge and have fabulous ocean and island views, others are closer to the beach, and the secluded 2-bedroom villas with private plunge pools provide excellent family accommodation.
During your stay you need do nothing more than relax on the beach or by the pool. If you feel more energetic there are many activities you can consider, mostly linked to the water which is perhaps no surprise given its enviable position! Try fishing, snorkelling (including to a wreck!), diving, kayaking and whale watching (June to November). On dry land you can go for walks along the beach and in the dune forest, take a guided tour of Santa Maria, and go birdwatching, and rockpooling. Staff are happy to arrange special picnic lunches on Machangulo Beach, or further afield if you use the lodge's boat or yahct to sail to Inhaca Island.
Open: Machangulo is open all year.
Location: The lodge is on the Santa Maria Peninsula in the very south of Mozambique, about a 1 hour speed boat ride east of Maputo. Boats depart from Maputo Marina which is about a 20 minute drive from the airport. The boat generally departs Maputo Marina around 13:00, though it is tide and weather dependent. (The reverse journey from the lodge to Maputo Marina usually leaves around 11:00). There is no jetty at Machangulo, so you may need to walk through ankle-deep water at the shore.
Rooms: All of the 17 guest rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, mini bar, safe, hairdryer and private deck, and some have outdoor showers. The 5 premium ocean view rooms chalets are set on a ridge facing the beach and Inhaca Island, and sleep up to 2 adults and 1 child. These rooms are reached by between 20 and 80 steps from the beach. Each family villa accommodates up to 4 adults and 2 children, and has 2 en-suite bedrooms linked by a central lounge, bar, dining area and kitchen. They also have plunge pools. The beach forest rooms sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children, have 1 en-suite bedroom and a deck with partial ocean views.
Activities: Relaxation is to the fore at Machangulo, on the beach or by the pool. Swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing are all available. Lodge staff can arrange tours of Inhaca Island, Hell's Gate Bay, Maputo city, dhow cruises, and picnic lunches if you are going to be out all day. The sandy beach at Machangulo is ideal for long walks. Thge lodge is close to 3 nature reserves and 2 marine reserves and wildlife activities such as seasonal whale watching (June to November), turtle nesting (late spring), and birdwatching are popular. Non-motorised and guided activities are free, while others are payable locally.
Facilities: There is a swimming pool, and the lodge owns two boats which can be hired for a variety of activities such as mentioned above. The spa offers beauty treatments such as facials, body scrubs and wraps, as well as several types of massage. The beach bar supplies drinks and snacks and has the lodge's sole TV. The lodge offers a complimentary laundry service.
Dining: The lodge serves 2-course lunches, and 3-course dinners in the dining room and light meals and snacks in the Villa Restaurant on the deck by the pool and overlooking the ocean. There is a wide choice of wines to accompany the food. Meals are eaten at individual tables.
Children: All children are welcome at the lodge. There is a nanny service, a play area, and children’s activities are available. There is a Kiddies Club with a programme of children’s activities. The lodge has a children's menu. Family villas and beach villas provide ideal family accommodation.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free high speed broadband internet and Wi-Fi and a mobile signal.
Note: Machangulo accepts payment in cash Mozambique Metical, US Dollar and South African Rand, and cards Visa and MasterCard only.
Experience the pristine coast and dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula in southern Mozambique.
"Remote, wild, secluded and beautiful. Our room def had the best position - perched on high overlooking the Indian Ocean and Inhaca Island. The many staff (with few visitors during our stay) were friendly and helpful and the food was great - VERY fresh fish every day and a wonderful picnic lunch when we went on the island trip."