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Looking to spend a relaxing holiday surrounded by untamed wildlife, marinelife, birdlife, blue ocean water, spectacular views, long stretches of pristine secluded beaches, lush flora, peace and tranquillity? Then Machangulo is your next go-to holiday destination. Machangulo or better said, the Machangulo Peninsular offers visitors activities and attractions for everyone whether it be unwinding in splendor by simply ocean gazing and whale watching or wading in natural rock pools with a pair of snorkels and goggles. There is so much to do and explore on the Machangulo Peninsular and within surrounding areas nearby! Keep reading ...
Visitors will be pleasantly treated with a game drive through the Maputo Special Reserve before reaching the Machangulo Peninsula, and unpacking your luggage for memorable holiday experience. In order to reach Machangulo, you must traverse through the Maputo Special Reserve via the Southern Gala reserve entrance (note: a 4x4 is required) where you have a great chance of spotting various wildlife from elephants to giraffes, zebra, antelope, flamingos, crocodiles, hippos, birdlife and other mammals. So take your time here before reaching your destination. "Traffic" in the reserve is very quiet and it would seem like you're the only one there.
You will be passing a few lakes en-route before reach the Northern Futi reserve exit, and then nearly straight into the gorgeous Machangulo Private Nature Reserve and onto the Peninsula which not only rewards visitors with stunning elevated land and ocean views but untouched nature, mangroves, coastal dune forests, more inland freshwater lakes and wildlife!
Please note: crossing through the Maputo Special Reserve takes approximately 5 hours, so plan your journey accordingly to avoid rushing and missing out on sight seeing.
The natural eco-system of the Machangulo Private Nature Reserve which is now renamed as the Elephant Coast Park is actually being considered for World Heritage Site status. Birdwatchers will be ecstatic to know that there are recordings of over 350 bird species on the Machangulo Peninsula, so don't forget to pack a pair of binoculars. Many travellers to Machangulo Private Nature Reserve report gaurenteed sightings of elephants everytime they visit. Other game and wildlife sightings in the reserve include giraffe, zebra, monkeys.
Depending where you book accommodation at in Machangulo, most resorts offer personalized guided tours through the reserve, to Santa Maria and Inhaca Island. All these luxurious resorts are elevated up to 120m high on top of the peninsula's sand dunes offering guests absolutely stunning panoramic, 360deg views overlooking the blue azure waters of the Indian Ocean - a perfect sight seeing advantage point for spotting dolphins, humpback and southern right whales breaching the water's surface.
Once you've unpacked your luggage and settled in, a great way to spend your first day in Machangulo is to go for a long lazy stroll and explore the peninsula's beautiful sandy beaches that feel almost "private" it's that quiet. Pack a light bag of slops, towels, swimming and snorkeling gear, and sink your feet in either direction, north or south. During your leisurely beach walk, you'll discover numerous beautiful natural tidal pools and coral reefs where you can take a dip, cool off and snorkel.
Many who have stayed in Machangulo review the holiday destination as a "slice of heaven", a "paradise on earth" or "unforgettable" and is highly recommended for those looking for both wild and peace with loads of exciting things to do and explore close by.
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Santa Carolina (One of the Bazaruto Islands) hosted the popular and well known TV Show 'Survivor South Africa' in 2010.
Zavora is a beautiful beach renowned for its huge protective reef running 2km parallel and close to the shoreline. This reef acts as a natural tidal pool with shallow, calm waters, perfect for activities such as snorkeling, swimming and fishing
The Island of Mozambique has played an important role since the 10th century in intercontinental trade to the East, in the 16th century is was an established and wealthy trading port for ships sailing on monsoon winds and where cargoes of ivory, gold and slaves were traded for fabrics and spices from India and Arabia.
Tofo Bay is ideally situated along the well renowned Manta Coast - a popular dive site region for all levels of diving experience with over 30 dive sites to explore.
Find beautiful pansy shells off the beaches of Santa Maria during a spring low tide, full or new moon.
Ponta Falsa (the tip of Pomene beach) has some great rocky cliff features including the "whole in the wall" and a huge blowhole. Explore the ruins of the Old Pomene Hotel which was once the holiday home of Samora Machel where one can admire beautiful bay views
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.