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Boat excursions to Xefina Island (once a prison), Incomati River or a charter boat for an action packed day of fishing. About 35km North of Maputo, lies a little town on the banks of the picturesque Incomati River offering a beautiful and tranquil setting - perfect to get away from the bustling city life! Only 30km from the capital of Mozambique, Maputo.
Marracuene has got some basic supplies and good accommodation in and around the village.
The town was first introduced in the colonial days of 1892, after a Portuguese commander Antonio Enes came into contact with the local people (Tribe leader named Ronga Emperor Gununyane) which turned into a decisive battle. The Portuguese won the war using machine guns and modern machinery at the time.
With Marracuene also getting involved in recent civil wars ... the town, today - offers some interesting history to the visitor as well as a few buildings with great archutecture to admire.
Most people go through the town of Marracuene to get to the Macaneta beaches ... and to do this, a little excursion across the large Incomati river at the ferry point is required (which transports vehicles too). To get to the ferrypoint, you will have take right hand turn just outside the village, passing the mosque situated on the left and taking the left turn at the bottom of the road. The wait for the ferry at the docking station doesn't take that long and you can either a bite at Julio's Kiosk - a quaint little snack bar or if you are thinking of cooking some delcious seafood on the barbaque later that evening, then take a walk over to the fish market that sells fresh seafood including prawns, crab clams and fish.
The Fascinating Xefina island used to be a prison back in the colonial days and today, you can climb on top of massive cannons that were used to protect the Maputo harbour from intruders in World War 2. Accommodation can also be found on Xefina Island. Read more about Marracuene
When the ferry arrives ... hop on and take advantage of the view and birdlife as you drift across the wide Incomati river. Taking approximately 10-20 minutes ... you will soon dock at the other side where you can start your engines and make way towards the ocean on a dirt road. As you drive along, you will drive past 2 left turns that take you further North of the Incomati river where accommodation is available. carry on driving and you will soon come to a T-junction which also has accommodation available in either direction (both beautiful locations).
The beaches here are magnificent and if you travel South to Ponta da Macaneta, you'll will find a shipwreck aswell as it is a great spot for shark fishing. From here you will also be able to see Xefina Island.
From Marracuene ... you can take a day boat cruise to Xefina Island, which is about a 24km trip South, towards Maputo. If you have the time, experiencing a ride on the Incomati river and exploring Xefina island is a must. Bring your Binoculars because you will witness an abundance of birdlife including flamingo's along the way.
The Fascinating Xefina island used to be a prison back in the colonial days and today, you can climb on top of massive cannons that were used to protect the Maputo harbour from intruders in World War 2. Accommodation can also be found on Xefina Island.Marracuene Accommodation
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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.