General information

Machangulo Beach Lodge, in the South of Mozambique offers blissful barefoot luxury. Untouched African beaches, untamed nature and luxurious service come together to create extraordinary holiday experiences. Situated in a truly unique location on a beautiful secluded peninsula it is the easiest accessible lodge in Mozambique with a plethora of activities for the whole family. Featuring 17 luxurious rooms, a fully equipped activity & dive center, a luxurious spa and plenty of amazing spots to enjoy the unique views of the Indian Ocean and Inhaca Island. Awesome Private Villas right on the beach, surrounded by 5 marine and nature reserves. This is a unique AFRICAN beach paradise.

Machangulo Beach Lodge is:

  • The most accessible luxury lodge in Mozambique!
  • A dream holiday lodge to relax and be close to nature.
  • A truly unique location with untouched beaches and untamed natural forests.
  • Easy to book. The perfect add on or stand-alone destination. Fits any itinerary.
  • Privately owned and operated, ensuring complete personalised service and attention to detail.

Machangulo Beach Lodge diversity

  • Situated inside Africa’s first Trans Frontier Marine Conservation Area, 4 additional nature reserves surround the lodge
  • Idyllically private and romantic location for Honeymooners and couples.
  • Exciting fun for families too, featuring unique room setups and activities for families.
  • Many kilometres of completely untouched and desolate beaches.
  • Birdlife International IBA (Important Bird Area Rating)
  • Mission Blue Hope Spot

The Lodge

Machangulo Beach Lodge comprises just 17 private luxury rooms, all furnished with modern amenities and great attention to detail.  All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and private decks/verandas. Rooms are connected by walkways and staircases to the main buildings and the beach.

Options include:

  • 5 Ocean View Rooms – perched high up on a ridge near the main lodge building with breath-taking views of the ocean and Inhaca Island.
  • These rooms are ideal for couples.
  • One child up to twelve years old is possible when sharing with parents, the rooms are large.
  • View: The ultimate Ocean, Island and bay Views
  • Distance from Beach: 3 min Walk or 20-80 stairs
  • Distance from Pool: 2 min walk
  • Distance from Dining area: 1 min Walk, 5 stairs
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Air Conditioning (24/7)
  • Private en-suite bathrooms
  • Mini Bar
  • Can be made up as King or Singles
  • Ceiling Fan, Hairdryer, Room Safe

8 Beach Villa Rooms

Situated only meters from the sand and linked to the central pool/deck/lounge/dining and bar by pathways. These can be booked as 2-bedroomed or as 4-bedroomed Villas for private groups or families.

  • View: Partial Ocean Views
  • Distance from Beach: 45 Sec Walk, 20 stairs
  • Distance from Pool: 10-20 meters
  • Distance from Dining area: 15-30 Sec Walk to Villa Restaurant, 5 stairs & 5 min walk from main Restaurant
  • Sleeps: 4 Adults & 2 Children
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Air Conditioning (24/7)
  • Private en-suite bathrooms
  • Mini Bar
  • Can be made up as King or Singles
  • Ceiling Fan, Hairdryer, Room Safe

2 Family Villas

2 separate en-suite bedrooms per villa under one roof, again with own private pool, deck and lounge area with dining room, bar and kitchen.

  • Slide background
  • View: Partial ocean views
  • Distance from Beach: 1 min Walk, 10 stairs
  • Distance from Dining area: 15-30 Sec Walk, 10 stairs to Villa Restaurant & 5 min walk from main Restaurant
  • Sleeps: 4 Adults & 2-3 Children
  • Private Pool
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Large and spacious Central area
  • Air Conditioning (24/7)
  • Private en-suite bathrooms
  • In-house bar setup.
  • Can be made up as King or Singles
  • Ceiling Fan, Hairdryer, Room Safe


  • Full PADI SCUBA dive centre with full dive equipment and boats
  • PADI SCUBA Dive Instructor and all PADI Courses available.
  • World Class fishing destination. From extreme big game action to first timers.
  • The Best & most accessible snorkelling on the Southern African shoreline.
  • Easy to access kayaking
  • Stand up Paddle (SUP)boards, at the lodge or in the Mangrove estuaries, an amazing SUP experience.
  • Incredible birding
  • Cultural tours of Santa Maria and Inhaca Island
  • Full service Spa with incredible view and luxurious treatments
  • Many Sailing Dhow (local sailing boats) adventures including romantic sunset cruises
  • Machangulo signature Beach Picnics


  • Reservations / Bookings are easy and uncomplicated – our dedicated staff are there to assist with all logistics within both Mozambique and South Africa
  • A tourist Visa is required for most foreign travellers. Please ensure that a VISA is obtained before travelling. We will assist with the process where we can and we will provide an invitation that should accompany VISA applications.


Machangulo Beach Lodge provides a full solution when it comes to transfers. All transfers are done in-house by Machangulo Beach Lodge and can be booked with our reservations team. We offer road transfers to and from South Africa, airports and boat transfers between Maputo and the Lodge.

Check in and Check out Times

  • Check in time is from 14:00pm and check out time is 10:00am.
  • Lunch on day of arrival is not included, please ensure that your guests is aware of this.

Self-Driving Information

Maputo  Self-driving to Maputo is easy and convenient. Please ensure that our let our reservations team know if you plan to drive yourself to Maputo. Also refer to our transfers document for more detail.

Santa Maria

  • There are no roads that lead all the way to Machangulo Beach Lodge but one can come close. About 3 km from the lodge there is safe parking in Santa Maria charged at ZAR 50.00 per vehicle per day and is payable to the guards directly, please ask for a receipt. Transfers to the lodge from here are tricky at low tide so be sure to contact us regarding your arrival time.
  • Driving time to Santa Maria from Maputo (or Kosi Bay Border) is approximately 4-6 hours, a 4×4 is needed. Should you be delayed during your travel, please be sure to contact us immediately and keep us updated on your location at all times.

Necessary Paper work and Documentation

  • Please ensure that you receive the necessary paper work from your bank and insurance company that will enable you to take your vehicle across the border. Bank documents are required should your vehicle be financed – as an alternative you may bring your original green registration documents together with your passport – please ensure that you take out 3rd party insurance at R 220 per vehicle at the border
  • You are required to have the following items with you when driving in Mozambique: 2 x red triangles, 1 x reflector jacket, 1 x Fire extinguisher and a “ZA” sticker on the back of your vehicle.
  • All Visas need to be obtained before travelling. If a Visa is required, please ask our reservations department for an appropriate Visa letter to help obtain Visas.

Parking at Maputo Marina

  • Parking is available at the Maputo Marina / Maputo Waterfront also known as Escola Nautica and is charged at ZAR 50.00 per vehicle per day.
  • Parking is payable in ZAR or MZM and is safe. Payment is made with guards at the marina directly upon arrival.
  • Please note that parking arrangements are independently run and prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Activities terms and conditions

  • All activities may be arranged at the lodge upon arrival, activities are weather and tide dependent and as such cannot be guaranteed. In the case of activities being pre-booked and paid for in advance and the activity cannot be provided Machangulo Beach Lodge will not be held responsible. It is not recommended to pre-book activities.
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