This lush tropical haven is known for its astonishing inland lake, which is, at places 3km wide, 17km long, and at spots up to 30m deep, and perfect for all water sports and swimming. Lake Uembje, also known as the San Martino Lake, lies alongside the warm Indian Ocean, and is like a mini-Mediterranean destination in Southern Africa. A new and exciting attraction is that it is becoming a haven for all bird watchers.The view from the resort is one of breath-taking serenity with lavish flora and an endless white sand lakeside beach to feast the eye on. Enjoying the calm waters of the lake if the rush of the ocean is not your scene, is a bonus for parents with youngsters or toddlers. The lake gently slopes from shallow to deeper water. The ocean is a mere ten minutes drive from the Resort and requires a 4x4 and/or quads, as it entails a trip through the back-trails and over the dunes. Here you can enjoy a stretch of prime white beachfront without the interruption of crowds. However, this is still unspoilt beach. There are therefore no life guards or shark nets present.
Quadding/Biking/Go Karting is permissible in and around the Village of Nhabanga, inland and designated beach/lagoon areas.
Bring your own quads, motorcycles and Go Karts.
There are designated 'Go Slow' areas eg. Travelling within the Village.
Be extremely careful as medical care is not readily available.
Boating/Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski)
Boating/Personal Watercrafts is permissible on the lagoon and in the sea.
Ensure that all Emergency and/or Safety devices/gear as required under South African legislation, is complied to.
A boat launch licence for each Watercraft is compulsory under Mozambique legislation and must be obtained upon arrival at the office of the Chief of the Marina located in Praia do Bilene. Licence valid for 30 days.
A fishing licence can be obtained from the Chief of Marina located in Praia do Bilene. Also only valid for 30 days.
Other activities such as deep sea fishing, windsurfing, kite surfing, fishing, ferry-trips, curio-shopping, 4x4 excursions, kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving is allowed but not offered as a service by the Resort. Information can be given as to where these activities are available within the immediate region.
Fully equipped units with permanent electricity and air conditioning throughout. Cleaning of units once a day.
Nearest towns, services and sights
Mouth of the Lagoon
In our opinion a must is a visit to the mouth of the lake located directly across from the town of Praia do Bilene. This can be done by driving from the Village of Nhabanga back to Praia do Bilene (approximately 11km) and chartering a small boat/ferry across from the PetroMoc Service Station at a nominal fee. This guarantees your journey to and from the mouth. Safe parking for your vehicle is available at the PetroMoc service Station. Should you have your own boat or Jet Ski it is advisable to navigate to Praia do Bilene and ask or wait for a boat to escort you through the correct channel in getting to the mouth safe. In order to stimulate the economy please tip the car guards. Please remember the sun protection, hats, chairs, umbrellas and coolers.
The Village is the hub of activity for the locals and visitors from the surrounding resorts. The following sights/services are available:
There are two shops for the replenishment of very basic food stuff.
Fresh fish and prawns can be bought from local fishermen.
Ice, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits available at LourenÃ?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â§o's shop.
A nice place for a relaxed rest, drink or sundowner is LourenÃ?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â§o's Bar. The bar is famous for the popular R & R (Tipo Tinto Rum and local Raspberry cool drink). A TV with DSTV is available for the inevitable games or matches that cannot be missed.
Praia do Bilene
The nearest town to the Nhabanga Village is the picturesque town of Praia do Bilene, favoured holiday destination for patrons from all over Mozambique and indeed the world. The town is approximately 11km from the Village of Nhabanga. The following services/sights are available in Praia do Bilene:
Market area for the replenishment of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Limited replenishment of basic food stuffs at the market or shops.
Buying of fresh traditional bread (poa).
Buying of fresh fish, crab, prawns and other seafood delicacies.
Market area for the inevitable shopping of local art and artefacts.
Access to commercial banks and ATMs should you run out of money.
Access to service stations for the refilling of fuel and basic tyre repairs. Note there is NO low sulphur Diesel available as yet in Mozambique. Confirm with your car manufacturer if your motor vehicle is compatible with this.
There is a variety of unique and indigenous Restaurants/Bars to cater to most of your culinary and or alcoholic requirements.
An airstrip 1km out of the town. This is in good working order, although not manned full-time. Clearing customs in Maputo prior to flight to Praia do Bilene, is necessary.
The town of Macia is 35km inland from Praia do Bilene. The following additional services are available in Macia:
Rudimentary hospital services.
Access to mechanics and auto electricians.
Wholesalers for the replenishment of all common food stuffs.
Regular sliced white/brown bread.
The town of Songoene is 25km along the ocean from the Village of Nhabanga.
An old but working Lighthouse is a sight to behold. The Lighthouse is still operational and located on a hill overlooking the town of Songoene.
This is also the town where the Limpopo River runs into the ocean. The view of this river is breath taking from the Lighthouse.
In Room Facilities:
The resort consists of 7 fully fitted luxury Cabins, 4 (2 or 3 Sleeper) Rooms that share a Communal Kitchen and Ablutions and 2 Camping Sites. All Cabins, Rooms and Camping sites have permanent Electricity with a Standby Generator. All Cabins and Rooms have fully equipped Kitchens, Air Conditioning Bedrooms and Lounges, Free Limited WiFi and lots more.