Situated on the dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula in southern Mozambique, Machangulo Beach Lodge overlooks the channel between the mainland and Inhaca Island. The lodge is nestled among untouched dune forests, with endless white beaches, nearby estuaries and the Indian Ocean creating a rich and varied landscape.
The intimate accommodation features 14 private luxury chalets. Each chalet offers a comfortable haven to its guests with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning and a private deck for relaxation. There are 5 chalets that have superb views of the ocean and the others are grouped into Villas. All the chalets are connected to the guests’ areas and beach by walkways and staircases.
Two Beach Villas (each accommodating up to 8 adults and 6 children) offer 4 detached rooms each and is situated in close proximity to the beach. All rooms are en-suite with private deck and partial ocean views. Each Beach Villa has a private swimming pool, large decks, and Boma type fire area. The two Family Villas (accommodating up to 4 adults and two children or 2 adults and 3 – 4 children) feature 2 en-suite bedrooms joined under one roof by a large lounge area. The beach is accessed via wooden walkways.
Machangulo’s main guest area features a large inviting lounge, bar and spacious dining area. On most clear nights guests normally gather in the Boma area to relax and enjoy the boma fire whilst discussing activities planned for the next day. A wide variety of fun-filled activities for young and old are available at Machangulo. Some of the more popular activities include guided offshore and channel fishing, rock and surf fishing, Inhaca Marine Reserve snorkeling or snorkeling on the ledge in front of the lodge, scuba diving, spearfishing, seasonal whale watching (June to November), turtle nesting activities (late spring), kids rock pool exploration and its a birders paradise.
What is Special?
Machangulo is the best option for travellers looking for a great beach destination close to Maputo. As Maputo itself has no great swimming beaches, Machangulo is a real paradise only a boat ride away. Snorkelling in the Inhaca Marine Reserve is a great joy!
The closest airport is Maputo International Airport. From there a road transfer can be arranged to the Maputo Marina. The Machangulo Beach Lodge boat will meet guests here and transfer them across to the lodge. The boat transfer is just over an hour depending on tides and weather.
It is possible to access the Lodge with a 4×4 by travelling through the Maputo Elephant Reserve to Santa Maria (which is a 30-minute walk from the Lodge or quick boat transfer). However, this is for only the very experienced 4×4 enthusiast that can cope with the deep sand conditions of the Reserve as there are no roads or infrastructure per say.