Wow! What a vacation! I would really recommend this trip to any honeymooner. The team at Machangulo really provided a personal experience that I think will be difficult to beat at other lodges. The staff is super friendly and humble people. Service was never a problem and they really go out of their way to accommodate everyone. So here are a few points from our trip which will hopefully assist you. Also, I attached a few photos as well as a nice aerial video which shows the beach and the lodge from above.
Self drive: Make sure your documents are in order and that you do your research on driving in Moz thoroughly. We had an encounter with the Moz police where they gave me a lot of trouble regarding the size and colour of my car registration papers. But, I got off free of charge after they realised I'm not going to bride them and because my documents were still valid. Also, as you know, I couldn't find the Maputo Marina. I used the offline maps application "Maps.me" which worked perfectly but could only pick up Waterfront restaurant (after my discussion over the phone with you, luckily I had roaming) and not Maputo Marina. However, google maps shows the Maputo Marina clearly. I would also recommend you to send more details regarding the gate to the boats to other self-drive vacationers as below. Also, have enough cash for each day's parking because you need to pay it when you arrive.
On return we didn't use the Lebombo/Ressano border (which was a nightmare) because of all the people trying to sell stuff and everything is in Portuguese. It's basically a very corrupt border post, especially on the Ressano side. We returned through Swaziland, which was a breeze and a beautiful drive!!! However, it was a 2.5-hour detour.
|-The boat trip could be a bit bumpy and I would definitely recommend taking a nausea pill two hours beforehand.
- The lodge itself was great and the food the best!
- Everything included in the package was very well presented by the lodge.
- The staff really make you feel at home
- Activities wise I would definitely recommend the snorkelling and we also enjoyed the free tour to Santa Maria (Beer is also cheaper there ;-) ). The have adequate kayaks, SUPs and snorkelling gear to keep one busy on the beach and they have sufficient activities each day to keep you busy (It can get a bit expensive if you were going to do everything though...)
Nonetheless, what a great experience! Thank you so much for all your assistance in giving us an unforgettable and incredible honeymoon experience!.
Words cannot describe how wonderful our honeymoon was. I have been traveling to Mozambique for more than 10 years and to various lodges and resorts and I have never experienced such great and friendly service.
The staff at Machangulo literally go out of their way to make the stay unforgettable. We had so many surprises (Private beach lunch, private ocean view dinner, romantic picnic on the santa reserve beach and a romantic dinner in our villa).
On day one we requested that we would love to have some lobster and the chef prepared a seafood platter twice with lobster just for us. Every single staff member knows you by name and greets you with a smile and enthusiasm.
Martin, the activities manager, was such a blast. Everyday he had something planned for us, from fishing to kayaking to snorkeling and paddleboarding, the list goes on. The wildlife at Machangulo is out of this world, we saw whales, dolphins, sea-turtles, thousands of fish while snorkeling and a huge variety of birdlife.
We thank each and every one who helped with the planning and making our honeymoon unforgettable.