Surf & Turf Luxury Safari
Wildlife And Indian Ocean Beach Experience
This Adventure Offers The Best Of Both Worlds, A Magnificent Wildlife Experience, Combined With A Fabulous Beach Vacation.
The beautiful Machangulo Peninsula is an unspoilt African wilderness situated in the southernmost part of Mozambique adjacent to Inhaca and Portuguese Islands in the Bay of Maputo. It has a land area of thousands of hectares and has over 20 kilometres of cinnamon coloured sand beaches on the warm Indian Ocean.
Within the Peninsula are twelve substantial lakes and a vast territory of natural indigenous bush. The coastline falls within a marine reserve protecting endangered turtles and is flanked by the calmness of the bay on the western side, the wildness of the Indian Ocean on the east and a major safari game reserve to the south. The estate’s private and exclusive landing strip is just 20 minutes flight from Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
MACHANGULO PRIVATE RESERVE
Machangulo, Southern Mozambique
Distance: 267km from Sabie Game Park
Flying Time: 45 minutes from Sabie Game Park
Speedboat Transfer: 90 minutes from Maputo
Several of the Luxury holiday villas within the Machangulo Private Nature Reserve are available for rental. There are only a handful of villas scattered along the 14 miles of Indian Ocean coastline of the reserve, assuring peace and privacy. Each home is unique in character with the style, design and interior reflecting the taste of its owner.
The homes are typically made up of several buildings with bedrooms connected by walkways to a central building designed for meals and social gatherings. Sizes range from more intimate homes suitable for honeymoons, couples travelling alone or small families, through to 8 bedroom private estates which offer a variety of guest accommodation, private pools, tennis courts, gyms and media rooms.
Machangulo Private Nature Reserve
The Machangulo Private Nature Reserve covers over half of the land area of the peninsular and nearly all of its Indian Ocean coastline. Our widely spaced collection of holiday villas offer an exclusive opportunity to stay within the reserve and have been designed to merge in with the delicate pristine environment.
Within the nature reserve, sustainable nature conservation is the priority. In the dune forests around the coastal villas it is common to see vervet monkeys, mongoose and red duiker (a very small deer). The lakes provide opportunities to spot hippo, fish eagles, flamingo and hundreds of other rare and spectacular bird species.
From the Southern border of the Machangulo Private Nature Reserve, the Maputo Special Reserve extends a further 40 km (25 miles) along the mainland coast and therefore provides our guests with direct access to a true African safari experience.
The ocean coast of Machangulo lies within a 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 colourful tropical fish species whilst further out humpback whale, dolphin, whale shark, manta ray, sailfish and marlin thrive in the protected waters.
Maputo Special Reserve
The Maputo Special Reserve is 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.
- Watching the Dolphins
- Whale & Turtle tours (seasonal)
- Fat biking
- Light house, Santa Maria & Inhaca Island tours
- Water Sports
- Kite surfing
- Stand up paddle boarding
- Scuba diving
- Game Fishing