Zongoene Beach Mozambique

Lovely elevated views from off the estuary banks of the renowned Limpopo River between Bilene and Xai Xai

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Zongoene Beach Mozambique

Learn more about the coastal beach of Zongoene Beach in Mozambique


Located at the beautiful estuary of the renowned Limpopo River in the Gaza Province of southern Mozambique, welcome to Zongoene Beach where peace, tranquillity, deserted unspoiled beaches and natural surroundings prolific in coastal forests and birdlife reward visitors a relaxing holiday away from the buzz of everyday norms.

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Zongoene Beach is a perfect beachside retreat for the entire family approximately 280km from the Komatipoort / Lebombo Border Post. Fun activities for the kids include safe bathing within the calm waters of the river mouth as well as amazing snorkeling within large protected rocks pools during low tide along shore reefs located 7km north of the Limpopo River mouth.

Shore & Deep Sea Fishing

Serious anglers will pleased to know that Mozambique's coastline offers some of the world's best shore and deep sea fishing activities. So bring your fishing gear along and / or book a deep sea fishing charter for an exciting action packed fishing excursion. Fishing for black marlin has high success rates between the months of October and January. Whereas striped and blue marlin is more popular between September to January.

Other common catches include sailfish (June - September), short-bill spearfish, wahoo, dorado, various tuna species, king / queen mackerel, kingfish, barracuda and snappers.

Fun Fact:

Navigate your 4x4 up the southern hill of the river mouth where the old Monte Belo lighthouse is located. Built in 1914, the lighthouse still operates today and stands 14 meters (46 ft) high offering spectacular 360° views of the estuary, bush, beach and surrounding coastal wilderness. Read more about Zongoene Beach

Whale Watching

If you are around between July and September, you can easily spot humpback whales on an almost daily basis. The beach dunes along this coast provides a fantastic vantage point for observing these majestic mammals playfully spyhopping, lobtailing and breaching as they migrate to warmer waters and to give birth. And dolphin sightings are all year round.

Turtle Watching

During the summer months between October and March, leatherback and loggerhead turtles are also keen visitors and common sightings on Zongoene's beaches where they come ashore to lay their eggs. If your timing is right, you may even see turtle hatchlings break free from their shells to begin a new long life under Mozambique's blue seas.

Other Activities

Casual kayaking and drifting along the Limpopo River estuary is another popular activity to enjoy and the coastal flora of bush and beach forests attracts dozens of bird species for those who are eager birdwatchers.

From Zongoene Beach, you can explore beyond to many nearby attractions including Bilene which lies on the edge of the massive Uembje Lagoon, Xai Xai and various other beaches. Click on our interactive pictorial map to see what's close by.

The unpolluted night sky in this region is absolutely amazing! Unhazy and crystal clear - perfect for stargazing, seeing shooting stars and orbiting satellites.

Local Villages

Stop by the village of Chicumbane where you'll be greeted with smiles by the locals who offer various items to buy including fruit, fresh vegetables, basic supplies, clothes and beautifully hand crafted arts and crafts. Purchasing from the locals helps support their efforts, trade and really uplifts the community's spirit in such a positive way.

To sum it up, we highly suggest Zongoene Beach as your next family holiday getaway if quiet, peace, serenity and beautiful natural surroundings is what you're looking for.

Please Note: A 4x4 is required to access Zongoene beach and driving on the beaches of Zongoene (and the whole of Mozambique) is strictly prohibited! Only within legally designated areas on the beach for launching boats or any other sea vessel. This law is a means to protect the coastal eco-system including wildlife such as seasonal sea turtles that nest along these beaches.

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Zongoene Beach

Located at the beautiful estuary of the renowned Limpopo River in the Gaza Province of southern Mozambique, welcome to Zongoene Beach where peace, tranquillity, deserted unspoiled beaches and natural surroundings prolific in coastal forests and birdlife reward visitors a relaxing holiday away from the buzz of everyday norms.

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Categories Explained

For better understanding, we have put together a brief summary guide of what each category means and to also give you an idea of what each associated icon refers to when you see them on listings & adverts.

Listed in alphabetical order

Backpackers Lodge:

Those who are on a tight budget should keep a lookout for this category icon. This type of establishment offers dormitory (shared) bedroom accommodation with other "Backpackers" generally using either single beds or bunk beds with a communal kitchen and shared ablutions.

Bar On-Site:

Meaning the venue has its own bar on-site with staff serving alcohol/non-alcohol beverages and perhaps "pub-grub" included. They may offer satellite TV for bar patrons to follow the latest sporting fixtures live and may also host live music on certain days / evenings.

Bed & Breakfast:

If an establishment has this icon, this means they either include breakfast in their rates or offer the opportunity for you to choose to include breakfast during your stay which is usually served to guests in an on-site breakfast room dinette or restaurant. Some B&B's offer basic / light (continental) breakfasts, Full English breakfasts or buffet style breakfast options.

Campsite / Glamping:

Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.

Conference Venue:

This means the establishment has a dedicated hall room specially arranged and equipped with most facilities to host important business meetings, teambuilding events or any other occasion alike.

Disabled Friendly Accommodation:

Goes without saying. Any establishment marked with this icon and listed under this category offers facilities for those who have reduced mobility. They may have basic facilities for these conditions or advanced. Kindly enquire with them directly for more information and/or specific requirements you may need.

Dive Charter:

These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Eco Lodges:

Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.

Fishing Charter:

This means the associated business offers professional paid-for deep sea fishing charters / outings and excursions for those fishing enthusiasts (and for newbies). They generally have a fully equipped fishing boat and all the fishing gear ready for clients to bait up and cast a line. Their expertize, knowledge and experience will reward you with some of the best fishing spots for an action packed deep sea fishing experience.

For Sale:

If you're looking to invest or buy property in Mozambique, keep an eye out for this category for the latest in the property market.

Full Board Accommodation:

Full Board means breakfast, lunch and dinner (also known as "All Inclusive"). If a venue is listed under this category, then they either offer guests the choice of a full board meal plan during their stay or their rates by default include full board meals. a lot of these establishments will have private personal chefs serving guests top class cuisine.

Group Accommodation:

Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".

Guest House:

Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.

Holiday Home:

This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.

Honeymoon / Romantic Accommodation:

Very self-explanatory. A venue will be listed under this category if they offer a specific luxury, private honeymoon suite or because our admin has "hand-picked" the establishment to be perfect for such an occasion based on their location and facilities offered. However, you are the best judge when it comes to planning that special getaway with your loved one anyway. Pssst ... and it doesn't have to be expensive either to enjoy, right?!


A hotel is generally a large premises that can accommodate a large amount of guests in many adjacent rooms grading from standard 2 sleeper units to "executive" luxury suites offering more in-room space and facilities. They generally have a restaurant and bar on-site for all day meals and drinks (quite often offered on a buffet dining basis). Other on-site facilities may include a swimming pool, gym, spa, in/outdoor entertainment area for kids, a conference / wedding room for meetings / ceremonies and a small shop.

Restaurant / Personal Chef(s) On-Site:

This indicates that the establishment has a small / large restaurant on-site for their guests (they may also accept walk-ins for non-guests) or they have on-board catering staff serving guests in their own private space or in a designated dining area.

Self Catering:

This type of establishment offers guests facilities required to cater / cook on their own terms whether it be within a holiday home for example or on communal grounds.


This means the establishment has spa facilities and services offered to guests who are looking for personal treatments during their vacation.

Tours & Safaris:

These business services can range from swimming with dolphins, horse riding, city tours, boat tours, island tours, dhow tours to game drives and more. You'll have to click on their advert to find out more and what they have to offer.

Wedding Venue:

This means, the venue has all the on-site facilities and catering services to host large or small weddings and ceremonies. Depending on the size of the wedding, some may have enough units to accommodate all wedding guests.