With just 9 villas in a stunning natural setting, at Machangulo you’ll feel like you’ve been let in on a best-kept secret.
A one-hour adventurous speedboat journey from Maputo will transport you to this rustic boutique hideaway, nestled between dune forests, soft golden beaches and Indian Ocean waters. While Machangulo sits on the mainland, its relative inaccessibility by road from the capital (it is possible to drive here, but it’s a bumpy five-hour journey by 4x4) creates a deserted feel that’s more like that of a private island.
The friendly staff members here take great pride in sharing their knowledge of the local fauna and flora. Outdoor activities offer plenty of opportunities to get up-close with wildlife including great white pelicans, flamingos and African fish eagles. Dolphins and humpback whales (June to December) can often be spotted offshore and there’s a whole underwater world to discover. Snorkelling and diving are big news here, whether it’s snorkelling in front of the lodge during neap tides, shore dives or heading out by boat to discover unexplored reefs. The thatched restaurant – the Dining Room – takes inspiration from the lodge’s setting and focuses on simple fresh seafood and local flavours.
Oceanview Villas sit high in the treetops with the ultimate ocean, island and bay views, and are great for honeymooners. Each have a private deck with great views of the ocean, and walkways and wooden steps connect these rooms to the public areas and the beach.
On the dunes of the secluded Machangulo Peninsula in southern Mozambique, overlooking the Hell’s Gate channel to Inhaca Island
Good to know
There’s no jetty so you’ll be in for a wet landing on arrival (but only ankle-deep). There are a lot of steps up to the Oceanview Villas, so guests with reduced mobility are better suited to the Beach Chalets. It’s easy to combine Machangulo with Kruger National Park.
9 ocean view villas
• Head out on the lodge’s most popular activity: a Picnic Snorkel to the Inhaca Island Marine Reserve* • Kayak through the estuaries and offshore reefs – you may even spot dolphins* • Visit tiny Santa Maria village to gain an insight into the local way of life*.
Restaurant, bar area
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner • Non-alcoholic drinks including water, selected juices and iced tea and coffee • Wi-Fi • Non-motorised activities • Laundry.
*Denotes local charge