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Santa Maria

South of Inhaca Island


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Santa Maria is a small fishing village situated just south of Inhaca Island. It’s in a very remote location on the northern tip of the Santa Maria Peninsula, located at the eastern edge of the Bay of Maputo.

I drove to Santa Maria through the Maputo National Park as recorded on my previous blog entry.

I stayed at Bemugi’s Place in Santa Maria, a rustic beach getaway. The beach house had an en-suite bedroom with a cosy kitchen and an outside braai and garden area with big bench to relax on.

Bemugi’s beach house

Bemugi’s beach house

Bemugi’s bar

Bemugi’s bar

I did 2 scuba dives with Ocean Echo Diving, which are neighbors to Bemugi’s. The first two dives were great with thousands of jelly fish and many crocodile fish. A rare sighting of a Mantis Shrimp not hiding was special.

Going diving

Going diving


Mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp

Mating nudibranchs

Mating nudibranchs

Jelly fish

Jelly fish

Lion Fish or Devil Fire Fish

Lion Fish or Devil Fire Fish

On the way to the dive sites we drove past several lodges on the coastline but one was particularly spectacular right on the tip of the peninsula. Machangulu Beach Resort’s rates are $390 per night.

Machangulu Beach Lodge $390 per night

Machangulu Beach Lodge $390 per night

Inhaca Island

Inhaca Island

After the dives I felt uneasy and I thought it was dehydration, but I became progressively more ill with a very sore through, fever and heavily chest congested. I used my malaria test kit and tested negative. It was terrible to spend two days in bed In such a nice place.

I still don’t feel well but from here I will travel back to Maputo to overnight before traveling to the Lebombo Border to cross into South Africa.

Posted by Malan 05:59 Archived in Mozambique

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Oooh shame Kobus. Wish you all the best and speedy recovery and thank you for sharing your lovely impressions with us!!

It's very much appreciated.

by Benno

Speedy recovery...luckily not Malaria👀

by Terecia

Try to arrange a more relaxing tour route and activities for speedy recovery. Dives shorter and less and enjoy the fresh air more.

by Jim Luo

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