A lovelier part of Mozambique than the Machangulo Peninsula will be hard to find! It’s your dream seaside and wildlife holiday destination rolled into one. From turtles to elephants to flamingos, Machangulo has it all!
The Machangulo Peninsula is a secluded getaway that is a step above all the rest in Mozambique. It is a lush paradise of wilderness surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean. An ocean that never fails to provide an endless stream of marine delights. The peninsula helps to form the sheltered Maputo Bay that is to the east of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. Being so nearby to a larger city makes the Machangulo Peninsula very easy to reach via several modes of transport.
The Machangulo Peninsula will have outdoor enthusiasts jumping for joy and will ensure a private and peaceful vacation for anyone who would like to simply marvel at the magnificent scenery and embark on activities that are more relaxing. Amazingly, the Machangulo Peninsula is everything rolled into one, as it is a fantastic marine reserve and a nature reserve. The Machangulo Private Nature Reserve protects half of the land of the peninsula, while the land further south is protected by the Maputo Special Reserve.
What to expect when holidaying on the Machangulo Peninsula
- Stunning beaches alongside a clear lagoon and ocean.
- An extraordinary family holiday destination with many wonderful opportunities.
- Exciting dhow and boat trips to nearby islands.
- Exceptional marine experiences whilst diving or snorkelling.
- Canoeing beside the most beautiful coastline you will ever encounter.
- Romantic walks on the beach in the glow of the magnificent Mozambican sunset.
- Excellent fishing excursions.
- Warm waters ideal for swimming and typically warm Mozambican temperatures.
- First-class birding and wildlife experiences.
- Interesting visits to villages to meet the locals.
If you are ready to come and explore the beauty of Machangulo, Contact us for more information or complete the details required for staying at the Machangulo Beach Lodge. We welcome any enquiries and would love to be a part of your unique Mozambican holiday.
Machangulo Peninsula Marine and Wildlife Adventures
The Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve covers 678 square kilometres and is of particular importance for the protection of leatherback and loggerhead turtles. In fact, it is the most important reserve for turtle nests along the Mozambican coast. Loggerhead turtles are an endangered species and leatherback turtles, the largest turtles in our oceans, are critically endangered. A marine monitoring program has been put into place in order to protect the turtles when they come ashore to lay eggs. Visitors of the marine reserve can participate in the program and watch these marvellous sea animals pulling themselves along the beach. Their nesting season is from October to the end of March.
The reserve is also filled with delicate coral reefs that support an abundance of marine life. They are exquisite examples of coral and are of priceless ecological value. The schools of beautiful fish to be seen go without saying, but you may also be lucky enough to discover a flying manta ray or an extraordinary dugong, another endangered species for which the Mozambican coast is famous.
Amazingly, you can enjoy the marine life together with the land mammals of the safari reserve. The Machangulo Private Nature Reserve and the Maputo Special Reserve offer many opportunities to see elephant, hippo, giraffe, zebra, antelope, wildebeest and crocodile, along with hundreds of bird species. These skies are a haven for various kinds of eagle, stork and bustard, and around the waters of the lakes are flamingos and flocks of other water birds.
Originally, the Maputo Special Reserve was only developed to protect its elephants, but is today a successful conservation story, covering over a 1000 square kilometres, and is home to many different animal species. In addition to supporting the populations of precious African animals, the reserve has also greatly contributed to the surrounding communities, and is therefore a truly wonderful place to visit.
The Machangulo Private Nature Reserve has some incredible habitats, ranging from dune to coastal forests. It is a pristine environment where vervet monkeys, mongoose, red duiker, hundreds of birds and many other animals reside. It’s always described as a wonderful African safari experience.
Machangulo Peninsula Accommodation and Activities
The Machangulo Beach Lodge provides the perfect space for families to play on the Machangulo Peninsula. Tucked away amidst a lush dune forest and alongside a gorgeous blue ocean, it offers stunning views in all directions and a heap of activities for its guests to enjoy. The lodge consists of fourteen luxury chalets with private decks and swimming pools and has an excellent spa that expertly treats and pampers its customers.
Although the lodge accommodation is absolutely beautiful, there is no way that you will be spending much of your time indoors! There are kayaking, birding and island tours to enjoy, boat trips on the ocean, fishing, snorkelling, diving and picnics to keep you busy. Honeymooners are also always in for a special treat at the lodge. Romance, privacy and many spoils will be the order of the day for as long as you choose to stay.
On Inhaca Island, there are beautiful sandy beaches and several other attractions such as the Marine Biology Museum, the Santa Maria Wall and the Inhaca Lighthouse. Inhaca lies approximately 500 metres to the north of the Machangulo Peninsula (across the sea canal) and is also close by to Portuguese Island, a deserted little paradise with a superb lagoon that is lovely for many types of water sports. The waters of Inhaca are home to butterflyfish, seahorses, moray eel, scorpionfish, whale sharks, manta rays, humpbacked and bottlenose dolphins, dugong and sea turtles, while on the island many bird species are present, including pink-backed pelican, kingfisher, terns and plovers.
The Machangulo Peninsula is a very special piece of Mozambique. With its many attractions, visitors find themselves enjoying things they would never have imagined possible and spending many fabulous hours outdoors playing in a pristine natural environment.