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Montanha Lodge Barra Beach Mozambique

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A warm welcome to Montanha Lodge Barra Mozambique, Montanha Lodge offers a choice of comfortable fully equipped chalets. Perfect for a beach family vacation or holiday. Activities include horse riding and quad biking as well as snorkeling and scuba diving.

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Montanha Lodge is positioned atop the tall dunes which line the turquoise patterned waters of the warm Indian Ocean in the trendy Mozambique resort destination of Barra which is situated in Inhambane, Mozambique.

The district boasts one of the largest plantations of palm trees worldwide and this vegetation combined with the endless pristine beaches, soft sea breezes and sparkling clear ocean give this stretch of the peninsula a rare taste of that balmy island fever.

Originally named Terra de Boa Gente or ‘Land of the Gentle People’ by Vasco da Gama in the late 1400’s, the sheltered, scenic bay of Inhambane is one of the oldest settlements on the East Coast and was, in its heyday, a significant port. Today, the district still houses the largest fleet of working dhows in Mozambique.

Accommodation at Montanha Lodge, Barra Beach

Montanha Lodge Accommodation:
Montanha Lodge offers a choice of comfortable fully equipped, self-catering 2-4 sleeper casitas, 4-6 sleeper or 6-8 sleeper privately owned chalets for holiday rentals.

The casitas comprise an en-suite bedroom, open plan kitchen/lounge with 2 sleeper beds and a patio for dining.

The 4-6 sleeper timber chalets comprise 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen/lounge with 2 sleeper couches for the extra guests and a patio.

The casitas and 4-6 sleeper timber chalets are nestled under the shady palms in the hollow of the dunes, alongside the restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

The double-storey 6-8 sleeper timber chalets comprise 3 bedrooms, 2 separate bathrooms with a shower, wc and vanity, 2 decks, dining area and a lounge which has 2 sleeper couches. Each unit has a braai (barbeque) area and a carport.

The 6-8 sleeper chalets are situated on the secondary dune amongst a plantation of palm trees. Cool breezes add relief from the hot, sultry days. Although the chalets are situated a mere 200m from the beach, (steep walk back up from the beach) - sea views are visible from the upper deck only.

Guests are advised that 4x4 or 2x4 vehicles (bakkies) with diff lock are required as we are situated along 2.5km of very sandy road. Normal passenger vehicles with a low ground clearance will get stuck!

The units are serviced daily and have drinkable borehole water, gas and 24 hour electricity. A security guard patrols the lodge in the evening.

Local vendors visit the lodge daily with a supply of produce and curios on offer – these range from fresh fruits of the sea (prawns, crayfish, fish, calamari) as well as freshly baked bread & rolls and seasonal fruits & vegetables, sarongs, artwork and carvings. We do advise visitors to help protect the ocean and not to purchase the shells.

English is widely spoken in public places

Activities include:
Beach (approx 200m away)
Boat/marine slipway (within 2km)
Boat trips (within 5km)
Horse-riding (within 5km)
Quad bike hire (within 5km)
Fishing charters (within 5km)
Ocean safaris (within 5km)
Restaurants (plenty in area)
Scuba diving (within 5km)
Sunset cruise (within 5km)
Dhow trips (from inhambane to maxixe)
Massages (within 5km)
Craft markets (inhambane, barra & tofu)
Airport transfers by arrangement

For the energetic there is loads to do – all within a 5km radius. The quad bike trail ride is a tranquil two hour jaunt through the lush habitat to Tofu and back – this includes a stop at the local craft market.

Inhambane is world-renowned for its spectacular dive sites, scuba-divers from far and wide explore the continuous wonder of the numerous reefs which are alive with a profusion of sea life – from manta-rays to pansy shells. A number of resorts in the area offer resort dive courses – for those who prefer to stay on top of the water – the snorkeling is outstanding!

The Ocean Safari adventure on offer by various outfits in the area is a truly memorable experience – especially if you are able to spot and swim with whale sharks – the gentle giants of the sea. For the jet-ski enthusiasts, you have a choice of riding the calm bay waters or tearing across the ocean swells.

Go for pure nostalgia reminiscent of ancient times – hire a dhow and sail across the bay to Maxixe where the skipper will wait while you dine at the popular harbour restaurant in Maxixe. The numerous restaurants in the vicinity all offer a wide selection of the freshest seafood cooked in the traditional Portuguese fashion – or buy your own succulent seafood straight from the dhow fisherman when the fleet lands on the beach.

For the less energetic, while away your days strolling on the soft, white sands, collecting seashells or hop aboard the catamaran cruise and sail away into the sunset!

Montanha Lodge is situated in Ponte de Barra, Inhambane, Mozambique approximately 480 kilometers (6-7 hours drive) from Maputo. The road from Maputo to Xai-Xai is good and has recently been re-surfaced. However, heading North after leaving Xai-Xai the road has not yet been upgraded and is badly potholed for approximately 60-80kms. Speed limits are enforced in the numerous towns and speed traps by radar are frequent and immediately payable in cash. Avoid driving at night on these roads - besides the potholes - many local vehicles do not have front or rear lights.

From Maputo, follow the EN1 to Xai-Xai. This is the main road heading North. It is recommended that you re-fuel in Xai-Xai. Once in Inhambane, with the bay on your left turn right at the main road (Broad Road – DA Independencia) – continue to the circle and turn right (going around the back of the circle). Cross over a derelict railway line and continue with this road which will eventually bear right (Inhambane airport will be sign-posted straight-ahead). Continue with this road for approximately 20kms until you reach the cross-road with Babalaza Restaurant on your right. Continue straight ahead with the hard sand road (approximately 5-7kms) and turn right at Montanha Lodge sign-board which is situated with various signboards on right-hand side of road.

We recommend that you deflate your tyres to approximately 1 bar at this point as the road to Montanha Lodge is very sandy – suitable for 4x4 or all-wheel drive vehicles which have sufficient road clearance. Passenger vehicles will get stuck! Montanha Lodge is situated approximately 1½ km along this lighthouse road on the left hand side – shortly after the Vodacom aerial.

Direct flights from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport on LAM are available as well as from Lanseria Airport on Travelmax.

Travel Tips:

Passports are required for all visitors to Mozambique. South African passport holders do not require a visa if the stay is less than 30 days. Other nationalities need to apply for visas. These may be obtained at consular offices or at the various points of entry into the country. Please note that visa applications applied for at point of entry can take time - we recommend obtaining your visa at least 2 weeks prior to departure. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.

Vehicles and Vehicle Papers
Montanha Lodge is situated along a 2 kilometre sandy road – suitable for 4x4 or all-wheel drive vehicles with sufficient road clearance. Passenger vehicles will get stuck! Original vehicle registration papers are required if you are self-driving. If the vehicle is not your own, a letter of authorization from the registered owner is required.

Insurance - Third Party
Compulsory third party insurance (approx R150.00 per vehicle) may be obtained at the border – alternatively these may be purchased at various SA Outdoor Warehouse Retailers – ask your local store for details. If you are towing a boat, motorcycles, jet-skis, (including the trailer), you will require a temporary import licence – this will cost approximately R80.00 per vehicle.

Insurance - Medical
Medical Insurance is recommended. If your current medical insurance does not cover travel, please contact T.I.C. on +27 11 780 3300 or visit – be sure to include air evacuation from Mozambique in your cover.

The currency in Mozambique is Meticais. The approximate rate of exchange is R1 = MZM2800 - however, this rate fluctuates regularly. There are normally foreign currency exchange outlets at or just before the border points. US$ as well as SA Rand are widely accepted – credit cards are not.

Mozambique is a malarial area – please consult your doctor regarding the required prophylactics

The Law & Driving
Toll fees are payable in Meticais, Rands or US Dollars. Road Travellers are frequently stopped at police checkpoints.

Please note the following to avoid being fined:
• Wear seat belts at all times
• Display your emergency triangles in a visible place
• Tow vehicles require a red triangle on the front bumper and on the back of the trailer
• Keep to the speed limit – fines are payable immediately
• Have your drivers licence, third party and vehicle registration papers handy
• No firearms are permitted in Mozambique
• Driving is not permitted on the beach unless you are launching a boat

Cellular Coverage
Cellular communications are covered by all the major networks and local SIM cards are readily available for purchase.

Various shops in the area sell a selection of necessities including beverages, wine, chocolates, batteries, snacks, airtime, etc. A small supermarket has recently opened shop in Inhambane where fresh meat and supplies may be purchased.

What to bring:
Passport, Identity Book and Drivers Licence
Copy of confirmed reservation notice
Original Vehicle Registration Papers & Vehicle Third Party
SA Vehicle clearance form from border & temporary import licences for motorcycles, boats, jet-skis and trailers
2 Triangles per vehicle & duplicate car keys
Decals/Triangles for tow vehicles – front of tow vehicles and rear of towed vehicles
Tyre pump and pressure gauge, tool kit and basic spares and tow rope
Flash light, batteries and small first aid kit
Camera, Sun Block, Sunglasses, Beach Umbrella and Caps
Malaria prophylaxis, insect repellent and medical insurance if required
Bath and beach towels, snorkels, masks and fins
Food and beverages, firelighters, charcoal & ice-packs
Garbage Bags, Soap, Toilet Paper
Dishwash liquid, Handwash powder & Multi-purpose cleaner.

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Montanha Lodge Prices

Prices are per

Room Type


Mid Season

Low Season






















Type of Accommodation at Montanha Lodge

Self Catering

Room/Chalet equipment

Ensuite Bathroom
Cutlery & Crockery
Braai Facilities
Gas cooker



Towels Provided


Distance from beach

200 meters

Road Access


Collect from Border


Collect from Airport


Nearest Border

Komatipoort 606km

Airport Nearby

Inhambane approx. 30km

Credit cards accepted


Pet Policy




Local Mobile Phone coverage


Power supply


Plug points

Mozambique electricity plug 2 Pin round

Activities/dive centre

Scuba Diving
Dhow Trips
Horse Riding



Shops nearby

Approx. 30km

Drinking Water


Mosquito nets provided


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