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Makolo Bay Barra Beach Mozambique

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A warm welcome to Makolo Bay Barra Mozambique, enjoy your family holiday or vacation right on the beach. With many activities some which include fishing, horse riding and quid biking. Relax in a fully equipped self catering chalet.

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Makolo Bay is set in one of the most picturesque areas in Mozambique, with spectacular views of pristine beaches and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Situated 487km north of Maputo, access by road is on a tarred road which is suitable for normal vehicles. The road from Maputo to Inhambane has been upgraded and resurfaced.

At the turn-off to Inhambane is an old section of road, approx. 30km, which is potholed. This section is being patched and will be completed in due course. Please note that there are numerous towns and villages en-route and the main road often passes directly through these villages. Speed limits are enforced in these places and it is advised to drive with caution. Do not drive at night.

The drive from Maputo to Inhambane can take anything between 6 – 8 hours and sufficient time needs to be allowed to avoid night driving. One may also fly to Inhambane. Direct flights from O.R.Tambo Airport in Johannesburg operate throughout the week. From the historical city of Inhambane it is only a 30 minute drive to Makolo Bay.

Makolo Bay has secluded, unspoilt beaches, and is bordered by the Inhambane estuary on one side and the sea on the other. The warm Indian Ocean offers safe bathing all year round. Wide open, sun-drenched beaches offer endless hours of strolling pleasure. Makolobay has pristine, secluded beaches and is almost entirely surrounded by water, the Inhambane Estuary being on the one side and the clear waters of the Indian Ocean on the other.

The beach here is long and wide and the warm waters safe to swim in. Out to sea the nearby reef is home to hundreds of fish species including the manta ray and the whale shark. At Makolo Bay you will experience Mozambique at its best as you laze away the hours under the gently swaying coconut palms and casuarinas.

Fishing and diving enthusiasts may hire boats from the nearby Tofo village while surfers share the surf with bottle nosed dolphins. For shopping you can visit the nearby town of Inhambane, where there are some excellent but fairly basic shops as well as a good number of cafes and restaurants. This is a truly excellent destination in which to relax and get away from the bustle of city life.

Accommodation at Makolo Bay, Barra Beach

CASITA - (max 4 people)
• Comfortable self-catering units
• Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining room
• 2/3 Plate gas stove (no oven)
• Cutlery
• Crockery
• Utensils
• Pot & Pans
• Braai (some units have gas braai's)
• Fridge / Freezer Combo (some units have a box freezer)
• 1 Bedroom (double)
• 2 Single beds in lounge
• Linen
• All beds have mosquito nets
• Fan in main bedroom (some units have fans by the single beds)
• 1 Bathroom with toilet and shower
• No towels (please bring own bath/swimming)
• Electricity
• Warm & cold water
• Unit serviced daily
• All units have sea view
• Veranda (including furniture)
You can bring your own camping chairs

HOUSE - (max 8 people)
• Comfortable self-catering chalets
• Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining room
• 3 Plate gas stove (no oven older units)
• Cutlery
• Crockery
• Utensils
• Pot & Pans
• Braai (some units have gas braai's)
• Fridge/Freezer Combo
• New units have box deep freezer

House 2, 3, 5 - old reed houses
• 3 Bedroom (double)
• 2 single beds in lounge
• 2 bathroom, 2 toilets
• Linen
• Mosquito Nets
• Fans in bedrooms
• No Fans in front

House 4, 6 - brick walls old thatch roof
• 3 Bedroom (double)
• 2 Single beds in lounge
• 2 bathrooms, 2 toilets
• Linen
• Mosquito Nets
• Fans in bedrooms
• No fans in front

House 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - newly build brick
• 4 Bedroom (double)
• 2 bathrooms, 2 toilets
• Linen
• Mosquito Nets
• Fans in all bedrooms
• NO beds in front

• Electricity
• Warm & Cold Water
• No Towels (bring bath & swimming towels)
• Units serviced daily
• Sea view
• Large sea-facing veranda
• Out-side showers

Eating at Makolo Bay

Charlie's Pub:
Charlie's Pub and Restaurant as the locals call it, sits literally on the estuary with spectacular views. Shaded tables outside for you to relax at, and enjoy the view over the estuary.
This restaurant offers lunch and dinner. Breakfast can be arranged prior to arrival.
The restaurants affordable prices and good food must be on your list to do, when you in our area!


They have been sailing the East African Coast for centuries.
They has a single mast and a triangular lateen sail, usually made of cotton.In Mozambique they are still handcrafted like
the first Arabic ones that come to this coast.

A dhow trip became one of the number oneitems on the "to do list" of many travelers.

Trips depart from the jetty in town (Inhambane) to Maxixe where you can have lunch at "One Stop" Restuarant and return with the dhow back to Inhambane.

It provides a range of goods and services to communities living nearby and are important nursery areas for many fish, invertebrates and bird species.

Very quiet waters for excellent snorkelling. See a variety of feef fishes and other marine life.

A Walk in the lagoon with an experience guide with the main aim of finding seahorses.

An expedition taking you to the heart of crab living. See how they live and also how we catch them.

This trail takes more or less 3 hours during low-tide and takes you to the large colonies of star fishes. The walk is also combined with a route to take you to the Pansy Shells. An experienced guide also point out all maritime live.

This happens only at night and you can be guided to witness how they catching prawns. To be in the middle of the estuary at night gives a
adrenalin filled experience.

Jet-skiing is for many the best way to have water sports' fun when on holiday. Those who love to make their own waves can head to White Sands and enjoy the estuary... Swimmers are inside these areas, so pilots please be on the look out. Wear your life vest at all times. You need a launching license to operate your Jet-ski.

There's nothing like the trill off deep sea fishing off the Mozambican coast. For the experience of a lifetime, set out to some of the world's richest deep sea fishing grounds. Depending on the season, guest frequently encounter Sailfish, King Mackerel, Dorado, King fish and a variety of Tuna. You also have the opportunity of spotting other marine animals, such as sharks, whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.

A Guided horse ride on the beach is a once in a lifetime experience. The romance of riding along the beach with the sea and sand and wind in your face is a unforgettable experience.

Please note we do not allow quad riding in the Lodge. Please leave silently and return the same way. Quad Rides can be done at Barra Lodge. Quad Biking through the coconut plantations open new vistas and following the tracks and paths through these areas allows one to experience the real Mozambique while riding through local villages and into the heart of Mozambique. Quad bike is prohibited from the beaches as we wish to preserve the rich and unspoilt marine life.

From Johannesburg:
• Take the N4 - past Witbank, Mbombela(Nelspruit) and all the way to the Komatipoort border.
• Once through the Ressano Garcia border post, follow the main toll road to Maputo
• As you enter Maputo proceed through the toll gate and shortly after take a left turn onto EN1 to Xai-Xai. This is the main coastal road north.
• Pass Villages of Maracuene (28km), Manhica (75km), Macia (143km) and Chissano to the town of Xai-Xai 204km North of Maputo, this is a good place to re-fuel.
• Continue on the North Coastal Road passing smaller villages and towns,including Chidenguele (262km), Quissico (392km) and Inharrime (372km).
• From Inharrime continue for approximately 45km passing Cumbano which has a large radio mast on the left side of the road to LINDELA
• Keep a look out for a sign board on your left saying LINDELA.
• Immediately after this sign the tar road forks, turn right.
• Inhambane is approximately 33km from this turn.
• Once in Inhambane drive to where you see the harbour quay on your left.
• Turn right at Broad Road Ave. DA Independecia (it is possible that there will be no road names up).
• Continue to the large semi-circle, turn right onto the road running at the back of the circle.
• Continue with this road - it bears left as you leave the town.
• Keep on this road, passing the airport turn-off on your left. Continue with this road for 18km.
• As you come over a rise you will find Babalaza Restaurant on your right.
• The tar road bears right and a sand road continues straight. (9kms of sand)
• Keep straight on the sand road and follow signs to Makolo Bay

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Makolo Bay Prices

Prices are per

Room Type


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Type of Accommodation at Makolo Bay

Self Catering

Room/Chalet equipment

Ensuite Bathroom
Cutlery & Crockery
Braai Facilities
Gas cooker



Towels Provided


Distance from beach


Road Access


Collect from Border


Collect from Airport


Nearest Border

Komatipoort 584km

Airport Nearby

Inhambane 51Km

Credit cards accepted


Pet Policy




Local Mobile Phone coverage


Power supply


Plug points

Mozambique electricity plug 2 Pin round

Activities/dive centre

Horse Riding
Dhow Trips
Walking Trails



Shops nearby


Drinking Water


Mosquito nets provided


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