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Rating: Mid-range    

Pambele overview

Pambele is located in the private Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the San Sebastian Peninsula. This is a wonderfully unspoilt setting with miles of sandy beaches, tidal sand flats, forested dunes and mangrove swamps. Pambele is designed to blend into this environment and offers guests the chance to do as much or as little as they like making the most of their glorious surroundings.

There is accommodation for up to 10 people, so privacy and seclusion are assured. All guest villas are set on the beachfront and spaced well apart. There are indoor and outdoor living areas at the lodge, a bar made from a reclaimed dhow, wide wooden decks and an infinity pool with views over the sparkling ocean. Food is a highlight. Fresh and local ingredients include a variety of seafood, meats, vegetables and plentiful fruit. Amongst the specialities are homemade bread and cakes, homemade pasta, ice creams and salads. The staff are happy to arrange picnics and romantic dinners on the beach on request.

There is a wide range of water-based activities. Being near the Bazaruto Archipelago Marine National Park with its beautiful coral reefs there is excellent diving and snorkelling. Big game fishing, kayaking, island hopping trips on the lodge's own catamaran and dhow cruises can also be enjoyed here. Whale watching is possible between July and November. Inland, guests can travel to local schools and villages and conservation projects. 4x4 trips can be arranged to view the local flora and fauna. This is an area known for its diverse wildlife including some 350 species of birds. You are equally welcome to take life easy as you remain at Pambele, lazing by the pool, wandering through the flower-filled gardens watching birds, butterflies, monkeys and mongooses, and being looked after by the friendly staff.


Open: Pambele is open all year. 

Location: Pambele is on the beach on the San Sebastian Peninsula in southern Mozambique. It is in the Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary and faces the Bazaruto Marine National Park. You fly into Vilanculos from where you are met and transferred by catamaran to the property, a journey of around 45 minutes.

Rooms: There are 5 guest villas in total, varying in size and location. World’s End and Pelican are the largest, each with a double bedroom, an indoor sitting area with a central fireplace, bathroom with 2 showers and a bath. Hairdryers are provided. Each has a deck with seating, a double swing daybed, shower and plunge pool. Mangrove has a double bedroom, bathroom with a walk-in shower, reading area and private deck. Bangwe and Mazarette are adjoining villas with a shared entrance, indoor and outdoor sitting areas with showers. Bangwe has 1 double bedroom and a smaller bedroom, a walk-in shower and separate toilet. Mazarette is similar in layout, but features a built-in day bed rather than a second bedroom. Together these provide accommodation suitable for family or group of friends. All rooms have direct access to the beach. All are air conditioned and have ceiling fans and mosquito nets. Maximum guest capacity is 10 people.

Activities: Go snorkelling, diving, kayaking, island hopping on the beach house’s catamaran, and take 4x4 safaris with vehicles and drivers from the beach house.

Facilities: There is an open-sided lounge and an indoor sitting room with board games, books, a TV and DVDs. There are a number of dining areas, many of them outdoors, and there’s a bar. The house is set in attractive gardens. There’s an outdoor salt water swimming pool with a jacuzzi section, a shallow children’s pool and decking with sun loungers and a gazebo.

Dining: Dine on home-made meals prepared by the chef, using seasonal produce including fresh fruit and fish. Picnics and beach dinners can be arranged.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is wifi internet access and a mobile phone signal in the main areas.

Notes: Pambele is a private home that is available to rent in its entirety as an exclusive beach house. It comes fully staffed and equipment includes a catamaran, sailing dhow, kayaks and a 4x4 safari vehicle. 1 excursion per day is included in your stay, weather and tide permitting. The exceptions are scuba diving and marlin fishing, both of which need to be booked in advance at extra charge.  

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