Why We Love Machangulo

The perfect spot for a Mozambique holiday because it is all about soaking up the sun, sea and sand – a gorgeous setting in dune forests with splendid ocean views and access to enormous white beach dunes.

Explore the secluded bay near Inhaca Island for out-of-this-world diving and snorkelling. Exquisite mangrove estuaries and coral reefs packed with fish.

Dine on the beach with good wines and friendly conversation around a warming fire. Chill at the Beach Bar beside the dazzling blue pool before an afternoon siesta.

Immaculate dune forests and estuaries are bursting with life in an energetic harmony of tidal forces and incredible bird species.

Machangulo Beach Lodge Mozambique

Machangulo Beach Lodge Mozambique is surrounded by 3 awe-inspiring nature reserves and 2 outstanding marine reserves. Untamed and untouched, the Southern Mozambican coastline plays host to a unique battle between the open Indian Ocean and the estuaries of Maputo Bay at Santa Maria Mozambique. This is some mighty fine luxury accommodation and one of the top beach lodges in Mozambique!

Besides the setting and genuine hospitality for Machangulo accommodation – its easy and cheap to get to especially from South Africa. Simply drive to Maputo and park your car – and you will be collected for the boat transfer to Machangulo Lodge through Maputo Bay.

Perched in a pristine dune forest and enjoying spectacular views over the narrow channel between Inhaca Island and the Santa Maria peninsula, Machangulo Beach Lodge offers blissful barefoot luxury to all guests who venture to Mozambique.

Find Machangulo Lodge situated in a truly unique location on the beautiful secluded Santa Maria Peninsula making it the easily accessible yet still a serene getaway in nature. A place to hide away from city stresses, yet still close enough to Maputo for a touch of night life if you fancy it.

Luxury Ocean View Villas, Plunge Pools and Sun Decks Machangulo Accommodation

The nine Premium Ocean View rooms at Machangulo Beach Lodge Mozambique reflect the quality and elegance your Machangulo Beach Resort experience is all about. Perched high in the treetops with fantastic ocean views and offering complete privacy, they are perfect for honeymooners and family groups. Take 50 steps to the beach for morning swims in a warm clear Indian Ocean. Or simply plunge into your own swimming pool!

Picture private decks wrapped around 2 en-suite rooms leading into a delightful lounge and dining area at Machangulo Lodge This design allows ultimate flexibility and privacy for groups, families and any other desired booking configurations. Appreciate chic en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, a stocked mini bar and many other luxury amenities.

The main villa at Machangulo Lodge is the central meeting place for all guests and boasts a restaurant, lounge, and bar. Everyone gravitates to the large deck and swimming pool by day and in the evenings, gather around a boma BBQ under the starlit skies.

Talented Mozambican chefs dish up simple fresh seafood prepared using local flavours, homegrown produce and breads. Foods and beverages are all about local Mozambican and Portuguese influences and tastes, using the freshest of ingredients that showcase Maputo’s unique flair. Fresh seafood is the specialty and it’s highly recommended that you give it a try!

Machangulo Beach Spa

Ocean and Beach Activities Machangulo Lodge & Santa Maria Peninsula Mozambique

Welcome to a wonderful home away from home luxury holiday – ideal for a Mozambique family getaway with loads of kid-friendly activities, fishing, walking, snorkelling and diving at your fingertips. The best things to do in Santa Maria Mozambique.

So much to do in so much blue sky and blue ocean, activities are endless at Machangulo Beach Lodge Mozambique. The whole family can set off on a beach and rock fishing expedition with top guides or climb aboard a boat and head off into the bay to hook a game fish or two. This region is renowned for its well-known fishing spots and species so learn new techniques and catch that Big One.

Choose one of Machangulo’ s favourite activities in the flawless marine reserve just in front of the lodge. Yes, excellent snorkelling opportunities for young and old off the beaten track at its best. Get on board the lodge’s picnic snorkelling outing to Inhaca Island where 2 km of pristine ocean reserve waters reveal a rich diversity of species and corals. Neap tide snorkelling right in front of the lodge provides huge excitement for kids and parents alike.

Birders will be in their seventh heaven when they are able to immerse themselves in a mind-blowing wealth of bird life around Machangulo Beach Lodge all year round. From the Great White Pelicans to the majestic African Fish Eagles, there are forest birds, estuary species and beach birds that we all love!

Sea kayaking takes you deeper into the sensational biodiversity of this dynamic region – see the estuary wildlife and plants, the Inhaca Island marine reserve species and beaches so wild that the silence is deafening. Epic nature is here, at Machangulo, your best holiday destination away from home, in Mozambique. 

Machangulo Beach Spa is a haven of pampering and beauty treatments designed to rejuvenate and relax all guests. Choose from a unique menu of massages, wraps, skin care treatments and more so that diverse and personal needs are addressed on your vacation.

It is time to browse our selection of special packages for your value for money holiday to this incredible Mozambique beach destination. Machangulo Beach Lodge Mozambique is sure to impress.

Lodge Facilities at Machangulo Santa Maria

  • 9 en-suite ocean view villas
  • Air-conditioning, mini bar, mosquito nets
  • Private decks with plunge pools
  • Restaurant on premises
  • Boma and beach bar area
  • Spacious deck with swimming pools
  • Fully equipped activity centre

Getting to Machangulo Beach Lodge

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

South African Airways (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban)
Comair (BA and Kalula.com)
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

Client Reviews

May 22, 2024

We had a wonderful holiday and everything was so effortless as Mozambique Travel were amazing. From doing the bookings and organising the transfers to make sure everything was perfect at the lodge. I can highly recommend!

Nicki Trent