Machangulo is a world class location for activities like snorkeling, swimming, surfing, kiteboarding, game fishing and sea kayaking. The pristine 20km stretch of beach is also a beautiful place for a sunrise run or just some casual beach-combing.
The Machangulo Nature Reserve 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. Occasionally a brave monkey might come and take a sip of the swimming pool water but they are generally very shy. It is rare to see snakes but if you do please assume them to be venomous and back away slowly. Directly to the South of Machangulo Private Nature Reserve is the Maputo Special Reserve, a huge safari reserve that provides the opportunity to view many of Africa’s iconic animals in the wild including elephant, hippo, giraffe, zebra and many different antelope species. The birdlife is also a special attraction with more than 500 species making it one of the birding hotspots of Africa – highlights include several species of eagle, stork, bustard, korhaan, widowbird and flamingo. A corridor connecting through to Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa allows elephant to roam and migrate without regard for international borders. The reserve effectively isolates the Machangulo peninsula from the mainland of Mozambique and Machangulo guests therefore have direct access from the North for a safari drive into the reserve. The ocean coast of Machangulo lies within the Ponta do Ouro transfrontier marine reserve that reaches far down the coast and across the border into South Africa. The beaches in front of the villas are home to nesting sites for endangered loggerhead and critically endangered leatherback turtles. Our turtle conservation team employs many locals in monitoring and protecting turtle nests, a perfect example of both the environmental and economic gain that is possible from switching from the previous unsustainable practices of hunting turtles for meat and raiding nests for eggs. Snorkelling in the small protected bays and reefs along the coast reveals that the pristine protected sea is teeming with colorful tropical fish species whilst further out humpback whale, dolphin, whale shark, manta ray, sailfish and marlin thrive in the protected waters. Guests have recently sighted endangered dugong in the bay in front of the house.
Visit the the quaint village of Santa Maria where you can find a few basic shops and a regular small fruit and vegetable market. A wide range of activities is available at Bemugi’s Place. Take a short boat ride to Inhaca Island and spend the day diving, snorkeling or fishing or take a romantic sunset cruise on their 24-foot catamaran. Afterwards, you can enjoy one of the local cocktails or beers at Bemugi’s Bar or enjoy the rustic charm of the restaurant.
From Santa Maria it is a short boat ride to Inhaca Island, an outstanding natural heritage site, where guests can enjoy excellent fishing – specifically from the lighthouse. Here, you can also go snorkeling and explore the famous shipwreck (believed to be the Nova Scotia – a passenger ship that was requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport, as a troop carrier), or take a walk through the natural forest on the island. For surfing enthusiasts, there are also world-class surf spots where you can catch some waves.