Macachula Beach Lodge is an ideal getaway for self-catering, camping, 4X4 and fishing enthusiasts who enjoy adventure, the outdoors and the sea. We are situated on four hectares on the northern bank of the Pomene Lagoon, 55 km from Massinga, approximately 1,5 hours from Massinga. The sea and endless white beaches are directly in front of the lodge. The mangrove swamps are easily accessible by boat and can be navigated up to 5 km inland at high tide.
Detailed information and directions will be forwarded to all guests. This is particularly useful if you are a first time traveller in Mozambique or visitor to the Pomene region and describes useful stop over points, shopping tips, detailed directions, shortcut Maputo bypass and what to bring.
Kayaks and paddle ski
These are available for your use. Please treat them with respect and watch the tides!
If you bring your own boat you can launch from the beach at the campsite.
The old hotel on Pomene point is well worth a visit with its spectacular views and blowholes in the rocks.
The birdlife is abundant and we have a resident flock of flamingos on the lagoon. Don’t forget the binos and your birdbook / app.
Paradise Lodge next door (a 5 min walk along the lagoon) has a pub and restaurant on the lagoon. They do good seafood platters. They also have DSTV for those important rugby and cricket games.
Talk to Frans about fishing charters or a boat transfer to Pomene Lodge for diving.
If you have a boat, Pomene Lodge is easily accessible (about 5 minutes up the lagoon) and has a pub, restaurant, pool and dive centre. The swimming pool may be used as long as you are using the pub. They will also come and fetch you for a fee if you are interested in diving.
Martin, the camp manager, will organise a mangrove swamp tour – an informative walk lasting about 3 hours and covering approximately 10km. Cost is 100 Mets / person (about R20).
If you have a boat, a sundowner cruise up the Mangroves is a must. You can travel up to 5km into the mangroves.
Fishing and Diving
Deep sea fishing charters and Scuba Diving are available at Pomene Lodge. Lagoon and surf fishing is also good. Although we do have rods / reels, if you are a keen fisherman it is advisable to bring your own tackle.
Things To Bring
There are some small shops within a few kms of the camp where you can get basic supplies, including wood, beer, cool drinks, bottled water, curios etc. As we are 1 hour from the nearest main town, Massinga, it is difficult to provide supplies to the camp and we would appreciate you bringing your own provisions as listed below.
- Mozambique Third Party Insurance for your car and / or trailer – available at Outdoor Warehouse (take your car papers / passport) or at the border.
- Car / Trailer / Boat registration papers for filling in forms Moz side border
- At least one reflective vest for passengers
- Warning triangle for vehicle
- Vulcanising type tyre repair kit
- 12V compressor
- Jumper cables / unless you have a dual battery system
- Blue triangle on front of vehicle, if you have a trailer or boat
- Fishing gear
- Cooler boxes, camp fridges/freezers, ice
- Bird books, binoculars. There is a resident flock of Flamingoes on the lagoon and plenty of Lilac breasted rollers, kingfishers etc
- Mosquito repellents/coils, sun cream, toiletries, toilet paper. Please consult your local travel clinic for mosquito precautions
- Braai grid, charcoal, wood, matches, firelighters. However, we only use the local wood which makes good coals
- Although our water is pumped from the mangrove river bed, you may prefer to bring you own drinking water as it is not filtered. The water is quite fine if you are using it for tea / coffee
- Lamps, torches etc for night. LED strip lights are very effective and available at camping shops. We encourage guests to bring solar lamps and torches which you can recharge for free during the day!
- Wood is available down the road at Jack’s for approximately 50 mts a bundle. The wood provides excellent coals for braaing
- Beach towels
- Beach umbrella
- Dishwashing liquid
- Gas bottles. We do have gas cooking facilities but please bring your own gas
- All toiletries, sun tan cream, toilet paper etc
- Plasters, antiseptic cream, minor medication
The lodge has a permanent security guard and chalets are serviced daily. Martin, the camp manager, is also based at the camp and will organise freshly baked Portuguese rolls and fresh vegetables if required.
The last 5km of the sand road from Massinga is sandy in parts, especially in dry weather and we recommend that you travel in a 4by4 (Essential if you are towing a boat or trailer)
The lodge is entirely solar energy based, including power supply for pumping water. In order to conserve battery energy power is switched off at 10pm at night and switched on at 7am in the morning. If possible, please assist our energy cause by using your own generators / dual battery systems for your camping fridges, even if your use these during “outage” hours.