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Set high amongst stunning coastal dune forest overlooking the striking Inhaca Island, Machangulo Beach Lodge is one Mozambique’s most beautifully located lodges. As part of a protected natural reserve, the lodge is surrounded by tens of kilometres of untouched golden sandy beaches on either side and overlooks the Inhaca Island Marine Reserve; famed for its leatherback and loggerhead turtle populations as well as sea temperatures that stay at an enticing 27 degrees all year round.
With an incredible array of habitats including lakes, wetlands, swamp forests, grasslands, mangrove forests, coastline and dunes on the doorstep, the activity offering here is mouth-watering. Water-based activities range from world class snorkelling and scuba diving in the marine reserve, spotting humpback whales on their annual migration (June to October), kayaking and birdwatching amongst the mangroves, deep sea fishing for marlin and swordfish and serene sunset cruises on a local dhow boat.
On land, be sure to take a morning stroll and swim along one of the beaches, or indeed over at Inhaca Island; exploring rock pools with or without a guide and taking advantage of a delicious picnic set up that awaits at the finish. Alternatively, take a guided walk into the local Santa Maria village; a small fishing community that exudes a laid-back tropical vibe, to try some of the local cuisine. From November to February, the beaches here provide one of few global sanctuaries to the leatherback and loggerhead turtles who return here to nest.