Chidenguele Mozambique

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Chidenguele Mozambique

Learn more about the coastal resort of Chidenguele in Mozambique

Welcome to the tranquil little village of Chidenguele – 270km North of Maputo and just 70km north of Xai Xai this laid back and friendly village greets you. In the local Chichopi language Chidenguele translates to “the highest point”.

Pristine white beaches, coral reefs plus 23km long fresh water lake!

Rock pools and deep ocean gullies near the shore attract a rich variety of marine life

Travelling along the EN1 towards Chidenguele you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful palm groves and cashew nut thickets, on approach to the town, just off the main road and standing proud amongst a palm grove you will be surprised to see a picture perfect white cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows! Follow the road a little further and a turnoff to your right will take you into Chidenguele on its one and only main road!

You will know when you have arrived - The name Chidenguele stands out, written with white stones on the hill just beyond the open soccer field. The local folk are inviting, so be sure to stop off at the rustic market 'mercado' to stock up on seasonal fresh produce, pau (the celebrated Mozambique bread) and, of course, some cerveja (beer).

Having stocked up on supplies, proceed along the “main road” where another right turn takes you down a scenic 5km dirt road which passes by the magnificent fresh water lake of Nhambavale – although there are many stunning inland lakes, Nhambavale is the largest, stretching for an impressive 23km. Lake Nhambavale offers holiday-makers the opportunity to enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, snorkeling, whale watching and birding. A little further down the road you will be greeted by the majestic Indian Ocean with its pristine beaches. It’s time to unpack your bags and explore the many sights and activities in Chidenguele. This lovely little town and its surrounding area cater for all travelers, both the adventure seekers and those who just want to “get away from it all”.

The sea shore gives access to many large rock pools and deep gullies which are home to a myriad of marine life. It is the perfect spot for surf and deep sea fishing, the deep gullies are home to the majestic Kingfish! Here you are spoilt for choice with Pompano, Rock Cod, Blacktail, Stumpnose and Barracuda, to name a few, being the catch of the day.

For the perfect sundowners, head off South towards the Bao Paz Lighthouse - built in 1940, this lighthouse still operates and has a range of up to 15 nautical miles. It can be reached either by 4x4 or on foot, through the African savannah and past fresh water lakes. On finding the light keepers “shack” head off towards the highest sand dune where Bao Paz stands guard over the ocean, 65 meters above sea level. For the adventurous, climb to the top of the lighthouse and take in the spectacular 360 degree views of the ocean, savannah and lakes which surround you.

There are plenty of scenic walks to enjoy through the forests or around the turquoise lakes, bordered by emerald palms. The coral white beaches are a must for shell collectors and for birders, don’t forget your binoculars and cameras! Mozambique is yet to disappoint with its unspoilt flora and diverse bird life. For those who are up for a good walk along the beach then head north to Kings Pools where the ruins of an old shipwreck remain.


Mozambicans love clothes and if you have spare clothes (especially board shorts), then remember to take some with you, to trade with!

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