Machangulo Beach Villa
Relax and unwind in luxurious style while admiring the untouched natural beauty of Machangulo Nature & Marine Reserve
The Machangulo Nature Reserve is on a peninsula due East of Maputo, which is the capital and the base for the main international airport of Mozambique. The peninsular is bordered on the East by the Indian Ocean and Maputo Bay on the West. On the South of the Machangulo Nature Reserve is the Maputo Special Elephant Reserve, a beautiful nature reserves with elephants, buffalo and magnificent inland lakes with hippos and thousands of flamingo. The peninsula is separated from Inhaca Island by a short sea gap “Hell’s Gate”.
The beaches are 16 km long with only a dozen of private villas. As a result, one can walk on the beaches for hours without seeing another human being. The peninsula has beautiful coastal riverine bush behind the beach, with abundant birdlife and some small game. Inland it has magnificent lakes, some of them fresh water and some sea water. It is remote, and while the accommodation is luxurious it is not for those who prefer a “social party” type holiday with numerous cocktail parties!
It does have a lovely beach restaurant though at the small village of Santa maria where one can have the most delicious freshly cooked seafood!
This superbly positioned and extremely well built villa will give you all the exclusivity and luxury that you desire. This villa is in a’class of its own’ rarely found on the African Coast.Built on stilts to lower the impact on the environment and situated amongst the dunes your privacy is guaranteed. The property comprises a main building with a luxury equipped open plan kitchen and dining room opening up to the deck and the swimming pool. A separate lounge and a separate television room opens up to this deck as well. Three main bedrooms with beautiful en-suite bathrooms in separate cottages give each guest the opportunity to view the ocean from their own bath in full privacy. Unless of course you prefer to view the dolphins from your outside shower!
The cottages are interlinked by the main deck.On the main deck several covered and uncovered lounge areas have been created to suit relaxing during all hours of the day. A garage and staff accommodation are included in the property. At all times three staff are employed to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Machangulo is a sea food paradise. Every day we try to serve you a different catch of the day, either caught by the staff or bought from the local fishermen. But obviously the local Mozambican dishes with chicken and delicious salads will be served as well. The wine fridge is always stocked with the best Southern African wines. Enjoy your dinners from the deck overlooking the Indian Ocean and watch the dolphins or whales passing by in the distance or be treated with a braai (BBQ) on the beach with the lasts crabs running in the surf on the beach..
Machangulo has its’ own airstrip which is a short 20 minute hop from Maputo International Airport and regular services are operated by local Air Charters to both Machangulo and Inhaca Island. There are also speed boat services that operate between Maputo and Machangulo and this takes approximately 1 hour. For the more daring guests, the drive to Machangulo through the Elephant Reserve is spectacular but difficult, you will see game and some very beautiful scenery but it does require a 4×4 vehicle and is 4 hours from Maputo.
Coming and going from Maputo International Airport is easy via the 4 daily flights from OR Tambo in Johannesburg and even via some direct flights to Europe. The flights are competitively priced and only take an hour and a half.
MACHANGULO BEACH VILLA, MOZAMBIQUE
The Machangulo Private Nature Reserve is a peninsula due east of the colourful and vibrant city of Maputo and is part of the Mozambican component of Africa’s first cross border marine reserve which links up the iSimangoliso Wetland Park in South Africa. Each year around 1000 female leatherback turtles come ashore the Machangulo beaches and lay their eggs in nesting burrows, this has led to collaborative efforts to protect, monitor and study the largest of all living turtles, the leatherback turtles of Machangulo. South of the reserve is the Maputo Special Reserve which was originally established in 1932 and now forms a most vital conservation link in the Peace Parks corridor and is one of the earths’ 36 most biologically richest and most endangered eco regions. Add to all of this the myriad of marine life, humpback whales, dolphins, breathtaking snorkelling, fishing and the ancient art of serene beach walks… Reasons enough to come and explore with us!