On the magnificent coast of Mozambique, about 180km north of Maputo, you will find Bilene, home of Nhabanga Paradise.
If you are looking for a relaxed beach holiday, Bilene is the place to be. The seawater in the lagoon offers calm and often shallow spaces where holidaymakers can relax and soak up the sun. Unspoilt beaches, 15km of lagoon, forests and bush trails awaiting to be explored…
The view from Nhabanga Paradise is one of peace and tranquillity with lush vegetation and white sands to feast the eye on.
From Pretoria, Take the N4 east towards Witbank.
From Witbank continue on the N4 towards Nelspruit.
After reaching Nelspruit continue on the N4 towards Komatipoort.
Once Mozambique has been entered through the border post at Komatipoort continue along the N4 (becomes EN4) towards Maputo.
After passing the tollgate at Maputo take the Xia Xia turn off (EN1) to the left.
When reaching Marcia (Approximately 190km from Maputo) take the Bilene turn off to the right.
When reaching Bilene (34 km from Marcia) take the first exit to the left of the circle.
Turn left at the T-junction next to the flee market. Take the first exit at the next circle (at Palmerias resort) and continue straight on this dirt road.
(Deflate tyres to 1bar)
Continue along the unpaved sandy road around the lake for ?19km.
Look for the Nhabanga paradise sign on the left.
When not driving a 4×4 it is recommended to store your vehicle at the available 24hr secured facility in Bilene and crossing the lake by ferry to Nhabanga paradise.
Pre-arrangement is required.
1. You are not allowed to have your arm resting on the door with window open.
2. You are not allowed to stow baggage on the back seat.
3. You are not allowed to drive with flip-flops or barefeet.
4. You have to have two Emergency Triangles in vehicle.
5. You have to have a reflective vest within reach in the vehicle.
6. When smoking, it is required that the vehicle is fitted with a fire-extinguisher.
7. No alcohol is allowed in the passenger part of the vehicle.
8. Under age children must be in child seat with seat belt.
ENTRY OF VEHICLES ON TOURIST OR BUSINESS TRIPS BELONGING TO OR DRIVEN BY NON-RESIDENTS
At border post:
In Mozambique driving is on the left hand side.
Drivers must carry: Identification, driver`s license, copy of car registration paper, border letter, insurance border letter, third party insurance letter and temporary import license, which is also applicable for caravans, boats, etc.
Follow the speed limit strictly – in Mozambique they do not allow for a 10km grace over the speedlimit.
When stopped by Police be polite and provide certified copies of documents requested.
Don’t feel intimidated and refrain from paying bribes.
With Bilene situated reasonably close to the South African Borders and 180km North of Maputo, Bilene is becoming well recognized as a top holiday destination in Mozambique, with hundreds of holiday makers flocking in every year to take advantage of Mozambique’s glorious weather, glistening waters of the Uembje lagoon and the large variety of exciting activities to do in Bilene.
A popular activity thoroughly enjoyed by visitors is Jet Skiing on the Lagoon. It's a great way to explore the entire lagoon right from the doorstep of the lodge you're staying at. Find your way out of the lagoon mouth and onto the ocean to discover un-spoilt beaches North and South with opportunistic sightings of whales, Sea Turtles, Zambezi Sharks and dolphins.
For those who don't know what Parasailing is, it's when you glide through the air wearing an open parachute while being towed by a speedboat or rubber duck! Sounds like fun? It is!! It's an adrenalin packed activity that's becoming very popular amongst the resorts and lodges in Bilene. Once again, the sheltered Lagoon provides perfect conditions for parasailing.
Bilene's Lagoon allows for excellent Kite surfing conditions without too much fuss of wind direction. Inexperienced Kite surfers can arrange an experienced kite surfing instructors in Bilene to give you the lessons needed to getting started whilst on your holiday.
Witness a fascinating display of nature when Leather-Back and Loggerhead turtles visit our beaches to nest their eggs during the months between November and March. With a bit of luck and good timing, you can also see the new born sea turtles hatch and scramble to shore where they will begin a life in the big blue sea.
About 1.5km from the Lagoon mouth on Bilene beach is a high view point called Turtle Cliff, where you can climb and enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the ocean and Bilene beach. This is a great advantage point to spot birdlife, dolphins, turtles and whales that migrate up along Mozambique's coastline between the months of May and January.
After a long day of activities, you will no doubt be interested in relaxing with a cold beer and a dish of delicious local cuisine.
Bilene has over 10 walk-in beach bars and restaurants for you to indulge at. Beach bars have a great vibe and get busy on the weekend with good music, dancing and one of Mozambique’s most popular drinks, Tipo Tinto Rum and Raspberry which is often referred to as R&R as well as Mozambique’s popular beer choice of Laurentina and 2M pronounced “dosh M”.
There are numerous exciting activities and things to do in Bilene and if you don’t have the necessary equipment, then take a look at what trips you can go on and what to hire / rent: