Machangulo Beach Lodge

Machangulo Beach Lodge

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TripAdvisor Review
163 Reviews
Guide Price £2,499 per person
Based on 09 May 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with South African Airways, staying for 7 nights full board in a Ocean View Room (2 adults sharing) including return transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Intimate location with lots to do

Tucked away at the tip of a beautiful peninsula, nestled between white sand dunes, tropical forests and the strikingly clear Indian Ocean is Machangulo Beach Lodge, in the south of Mozambique. Offering 10 luxurious rooms,  the lodge overlooks long secluded, sandy white beaches and a pristine dune forest into which the property is built. Miles of completely untouched beaches provides its guests with unadulterated peacefulness. 

Each individual lodge comprises of a private veranda, en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning with close attention paid to the smallest detail to create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Machangulo has a lounge and bar area, a delightful dining area where you can feast on freshly prepared traditional cuisine, as well as other international dishes. Various activities are offered including fishing, snorkelling through the marine reserve full of colourful coral and sea life, scuba diving, whale watching in June to November and visits to turtle nesting sites. Or, if just wanting to relax jump in the pool or lay back in a hammock with a cocktail.

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  • Scuba Diving
  • Whale Watching (June to November)
  • Machangulo Spa

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type


Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Barefoot style

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
Location Highlights

Machangulo Beach Lodge

  • Beach
  • 1 hour transfer from Maputo
  • Endless white sand beaches
  • Lots of fishing opportunities
  • Snorkelling
  • Guided tours of Inhaca Island
  • Cultural tour of Santa Maria with lunch and drinks at the famous Teka Teka bar

Things to do

Being explorers at heart, we believe in getting out and about to get the most from our trip. Browse through our selection of attractions and excursions available nearby that will enhance your holiday experience.

Santa Maria Village visit to experience the local culture

Excursions to the nearby island and the capital of Maputo

Seasonal Whale watching (June – November) and turtle nesting (late Spring)

163 Reviews 87% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 103
  • Very Good 35
  • Average 14
  • Poor 9
  • Terrible 2

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 21, 2019

relaxed and secluded

we took a 2hour boat ride from mainland to the island. this lodge is the only one on the small island. we were greeting by the locals singing to us as we docked. try to book rooms closes to the restaurant as it is quite a hike to go to the main restaurant for meals 3 times a day! rooms have a stunning view of the ocean and is clean and neat. however there is no TV. water is harsh so PLEASE carry excellent conditioners and hair mask. sadly for New Years there was not any real event for us. the locals dancing was less than average. there is Definitely room for improvement here as well as meal options. The staff, although struggling with English, were always so friendly and ready to assist us with any requests. As for the manager from South Africa ( apologies, I am terrible with names!) he was simply the best. He was the 1st to greet us and was incredibly sweet in upgrading us to the honeymoon suite. Devina at head office come through for us on the 11th hour. Working off hours to make our last minute trip possible. This trip and lodging was more than we imagined so much so that we booked and extra night with your lodge. we loved this trip to the resort and would gladly come back any time
Jan 19, 2019

Wonderful beach getaway

Ottawa, Canada

We had a fabulous time at Machangulo beach lodge! The location was amazing - wonderful beach, ocean, and dunes - felt very private. And though there were other people staying at the lodge it never felt crowded. We stayed in an ocean view room which was spacious and clean - indoor and outdoor showers were very nice and the balcony was great with a beautiful ocean view! Staff was very helpful and nice - always asking how we were doing, if there was anything they could do, etc. About 95% of the staff is from the local village too which is nice. They arranged a super cool picnic for us on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean which was a highlight for sure! Food was very good (included in our package). Alcohol wasn’t included and it added up a bit by the end of our 5 night stay ($3 USD for beer, around $7 USD for cocktails and mixed drinks, $15-35 USD for a bottle of wine). If you have time, I’d recommend checking out the local bar in the village called Bemjis! Cool place with super nice staff and good food. The pool area was pretty small and felt forgotten compared to the rest of the lodge, but we spent most of our time on the beach so it wasn’t a huge deal. The lodge about a 1.5 hour boat ride from Maputo, and my only feedback to the lodge would be that the arrival/departure experience at the marina could be smoothed out a bit! The marina is pretty run down and it wasn’t super clear what we were suppose to do when we arrived to meet the boat (if we were in the right place, where to wait, etc). Having someone there waiting for us when we arrived would have been much better/less confusing. Would 100% recommend this lodge to anyone looking for a great place to stay! Thank you for a great time!!
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Machangulo Beach Lodge


Scuba Diving

Machangulo has a PADI dive centre with instructors, full equipment and boats.


Machangulo offers a range of activities that can be booked and paid for locally (subject to weather conditions), these include: - Snorkelling - Kayaking - Paddle boarding - Bird watching tours - Cultural tours of Santa Maria, Inhaca and Maputo - Many sailing Dhow adventures including romantic sunset cruises - Fishing, both on and off shore - Whale watching (June to November)


Machangulo offers a superb and varied range of Africology treatments at their spa which include a selection of rejuvenating facials, massages and body treatments

Machangulo Beach Lodge

Room Types

Ocean View Rooms

The five Ocean View rooms are the pride and joy of Machangulo Beach Lodge. Perched on a ridge overlooking the amazing scenery of the ocean and Inhaca island. Each room has a private deck, en suite bathroom, air conditioning, mini bar and many other luxury amenities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Minibar

Beach Villas

The eight beach villas are meters from the shoreline and nestled in the dune forests. The beach villas at Machangulo consist of two rooms each. The rooms are close together and attached via wooden decks.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Minibar

Family Villas

The two family villas at Machangulo provide ultimate flexibility and privacy for groups or families. The large and spacious villas feature 2 private en-suite rooms joined together by a central room.The central area of the Villa features a kitchen prep area, lounge, bar and dining area. The Villa also features a pool and are completely private, offering a home away from home luxury.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Minibar

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