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The southern coastline of Mozambique is extremely accessible, being the most developed part of the country and well geared up for tourism it’s a brilliant addition to any itinerary. Machangulo Peninsula is a raw and wild area, offering fantastic diving, snorkelling, surfing and so much more out on the water.
This area consists of wild sand dunes scattered around the coast and is all protected as part of the Machangulo Nature Reserve which is rich with fauna and flora. Hundreds of bird species can be spotted and mammals such as vervet monkeys, red duiker and mongoose inhabit the surrounding dune forest on the mainland. Occasionally a brave monkey might come and take a sip of the swimming pool, but they are generally very shy!
Watersports tends to be the main activity here with a little something for everyone, travel between June-November for your best chance to go whale watching. The rest of the year won’t disappoint either with turtle hatchings from December-March! Surfing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and beach picnics can happen all year. There’s also the chance of spotting dolphins and whale sharks whilst you explore.
With its proximity to South Africa this area combines perfectly with a Kruger safari, either jump on a short flight to Maputo or take a road transfer across the border for your ultimate beach break.
There are many brilliant accommodation options in this area, private villas rentals and great beach lodges offer something for everyone. Some beach lodges are perfect for families, some private villas great for multi-generational getaways or book that idyllic hotel for your honeymoon getaway.
Machangulo typically follows the rain pattern of Mozambique. However, being so far south it’s not in the cyclone belt so can be enjoyed and anytime of year. May to October is drier and cooler which is ideal for beach enthusiasts and those looking for the calmer waters to kayak. Sailfish fishing is best between June-September and whale watching is June-November.
November-February is wetter and warmer, the visibility at this time of year is at it’s best so snorkelling and diving are very popular. Migrant bird are passing through at this time of year and for fishermen it’s Marlin season September-January. The turtle nests will be hatching December-March.
Machangulo is one of the most accessible areas of Mozambique, with some well priced accommodation options and ease of travel it’s a great area to relax and explore this part of Mozambique or as a beach section of a longer southern Africa itinerary. A short flight from South Africa or a drive across the border mean you can enjoy your safari first and then some beach time.
We love Machangulo Beach Lodge, distinctly Mozambiquan this property has undergone a big refurb and will always be a favourite of ours. It’s laid-back vibe and superb location offer a great stay for any client. The fully inclusive rate is attractive, especially for families as it allows for some great activities, perhaps head out on a village tour, a dhow cruise, some snorkelling or perhaps fishing to make the most of your day.