Machangulo Beach Lodge

Machangulo Beach Lodge

Santa Maria Peninsula

Why we love it

A Mozambique holiday at Machangulo Beach Lodge is all about soaking in the sun, sea and sand. The secluded bay on near Inhaca Island is out-of-this-world, for diving and snorkelling.
Dine on the beach with drinks and friendly conversation around a warming fire. The Beach Bar next to the pool is open all day and just the place to chill out before an afternoon siesta. The immaculate dune forests and estuaries are bursting with life in an energetic harmony.

Why we love Machangulo Beach Lodge

Machangulo Beach Lodge, situated on the Southern Mozambican coastline plays host to a unique battle between the open Indian Ocean and the estuaries of Maputo Bay. Hell’s Gate describes the location of this grand battle, the channel between Inhaca Island and the dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula. The ever present conflict between tides energises the atmosphere and adds to the magic of this unspoiled and mysterious place.

Machangulo Beach Lodge overlooks endless white beaches, pristine and untouched dune forests, estuaries bursting with life and eternally wide open ocean. Hidden away amid the dunes and hiding amongst the forests, Machangulo Beach Lodge has a warm and inviting atmosphere, keeping its guests calmly protected from the epic nature outside.

Attractive wooden boardwalks link all of the chalets and villas to the main lodge and beach where guests can escape the fantastic fury of the complex environment. Sit around the boma fireplace or in the main lounge where views dominate.

Your boat journey through the endless channels of the bay ends on the Lodge’s private beach. From here the beauty and magic become more and more real. Walkways snake through the cool forest and bring you to the Lodge’s main building, inviting you to relax and become part of the calm. Your cabin is just around the corner, and the staff of Machangulo Beach Lodge is at your service to ensure an unforgettable adventure.

Choose from a wide variety of activities at Mozambique’s Machangulo Beach Lodge:  guided offshore and channel fishing, rock and surf fishing, Inhaca Marine Reserve snorkeling, scuba diving, spear fishing, seasonal whale watching, turtle nesting activities and birding.

Machangulo Beach Lodge is the ideal Mozambique holiday destination for both families and couples wanting to escape the everyday rat race.

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  • 14 X Chalets
  • Restaurant on premises
  • Air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Mosquito nets
  • Boma area
  • Beach bar


  • Guided offshore fishing
  • Guided channel fishing
  • Rock and surf fishing both guided and unguided
  • Fly fishing both from the shore and boat
  • Light tackle and dropshot
  • Inhaca Marine Reserve snorkelling
  • Snorkelling on the ledge in front of lodge
  • Scuba diving
  • Wreck snorkelling
  • Spear fishing
  • Tours of Inhaca Island – guided
  • Cultural tour of Santa Maria with lunch and drinks at the famous Teka Teka bar
  • Seasonal whale watching trips (Jun to Nov)
  • Swimming pool, beach bar, hammocks and beach umbrellas for relaxing

Getting There

Maputo International Airport is serviced by most major airline carriers. Some include the following:

South African Airways (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban)
Comair(BA and
Kenya Airways (Codeshares with KLM and Air France)
LAM Mozambique Airlines
TAP Portugal
Transairways (Local airline flying to Inhaca Island)

By car
Self Driving to Machangulo Beach Lodge is becoming easier and is actually rather enjoyable! The best option is to drive to Maputo and then to take the boat transfer to the lodge. There are numerous car rental companies that allow vehicles to cross the border from South Africa. There is safe parking in Maputo at the Maputo Marina (from where the boat departs) at extra cost.

From Johannesburg:

Take the N12 EAST (N4 if you’re in Pretoria).

Head toward Witbank, where the two highways will converge (now called the N4).

Continue East on the N4 through Nelspruit all the way to the Komatipoort/Lebombo border post.  Remember to have your passports and car papers ready (recent registration if it’s your own vehicle or permission letter from Rental Company).

Once you are through the 2 posts continue on the highway, now called the EN4, all the way into Maputo.

As you enter Maputo (first suburb is called Matola) continue straight in with the EN4 until you reach the EN2 at a major traffic light.

Turn left and continue into Maputo through the toll gate until you reach a big traffic circle, turn right (you entered at 6 o’clock, exit at 3 o’clock).

Follow the main(Avenida 25 de setenbro) road all the way through the city until you pass the KFC on you left, just pass the circle, which you go straight over, turn right into Maputo Marina(Blue and white buildings).

Here our friendly staff will assist you and your luggage onto the boat and your journey through Maputo Bay should take around an hour.

For the 4×4:

There is an incredible drive through the Maputo Elephant Reserve, although there are no roads that lead to Machangulo Beach Lodge – it is possible to drive all the way to Santa Maria, about 30 minutes’ walk from the lodge (or a quick boat pickup). The drive takes about six hours and a 4×4 is essential.

GPS coordinates for Machangulo Beach Lodge
-26.083024, 32.959798

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These prices are indicative based low season costing. Rates fluctuate throughout the year. Please enquire with us for an accurate price based on your specific date of travel.