Nhabanga Paradise


For camping and self-catering holiday accommodation in Mozambique,
Nhabanga Paradise is the best destination


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.

The View

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.

  • Visitors have to have been vaccinated against yellow fever and be in possession of the certificate.
  • While in Mozambique precautions to avoid mosquito bites should be taken.
  • Even though many areas are not high risk areas, when queuing at border control points and shops you can risk coming into contact with mosquitos carrying malaria.
  • In case medical assistance is required, clinics are available in the main cities.
  • Local water at the lodge is safe, however bottled water is readily available if you prefer to buy mineral water.
  • The local voltage is 220/240V 50Hz.
  • From Mozambique, international direct connection is available through the international code or telephone operator.
  • From abroad dial 00 258 followed by the number required.
  • There are three mobile operators, Mcel (Mozambican operator) numbers start with 82, Vodacom Mozambique numbers start with 84 and Movitel numbers start with 86.
  • Internet is widely available.
  • The main method to connect is through mobile internet connections.
  • New Year’s Day: 1st January
  • Hero’s Day: 3rd February
  • Women’s Day: 7th April
  • Worker’s Day: 1st May
  • Independence Day: 25th June
  • Lusaka Agreement Day: 7th September
  • Armed Forces Day: 25th September
  • Peace Day: 4th October
  • Samora Machel’s Day: 19th October
  • Christmas Day: 25th December
  • Police: 119
  • Ambulance: 117
  • The Mozambican currency is the Metical (MZN).
  • Exchange is easily done in the many exchange agencies and banks.
  • US Dollars and Rands (South African currency) are accepted in most places, as well as Credit Cards.
  • Identification
  • Driving
  • Border Posts
  • All visitors are required to have a visa except those from the following countries: Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia.
  • A single visitor’s visa for 30 days can be obtained at arrival, however it is highly recommended to get a visa from a Mozambican embassy or consulate.
  • During your stay, you are required to carry identification with you at all times, under the Mozambican law.
  • However, we advise that instead of the original document that you carry a certified copy, which is also acceptable.


  • Upon entry a temporary import license is required, this is acquired at the border.
  • The temporary imported vehicle cannot be sold or lent, and the documentation must be present at all times.
  • Documentation required when driving a foreign vehicle in Mozambique Before going on trip to Mozambique: Apply for a border letter from your insurance company to allow the use of the vehicle outside of SA.
  • Also make a copy of Registration paper of vehicle/trailer/boat. If vehicle is financed/leased, apply for border letter from the financing company/bank. (Process takes 3-4 days)

At border post:

  • Obtain a third party insurance at border. R220 per vehicle for 30 days. R110 for trailer/boat.
  • Get the temporary import document at border for the relevant vehicles.

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.

  • Ressano Garcia: 06H00 – 22H00 – Peak Season 24 Hours
  • Namaacha: 06H00 – 20H00
  • Goba: 06H00 – 20H00 – Peak Season 24 Hours
  • Ponta d’Ouro: 06H30 – 17H30


  • If you for some reason get tired of not doing anything, you can enjoy any of the following activities offered in the surrounding area.
  • The very popular village of Bilene (Praia do Bilene) is approximately a 1 and a half hours drive from Maputo (+/- 180km) and is not too far from Xai Xai.
  • The lagoon allows for a variety of action packed activities!
  • Including safe bathing & calm waters for children

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.

  • For all those petrol and diesel guzzling 4x4's, there are petrol stations supplying both in Bilene, though if you are on a budget, it is advised to fill up your fuel tanks at the Komatipoort or Golela border in South Africa and Swaziland as the fuel prices in Mozambique is more expensive than in South Africa.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through and around the edge of the entire Lagoon.
  • The surrounding area of Bilene is also scored with many dirt roads leading to and from different beaches, lagoons nearby, villages nearby, up to the Limpopo River Mouth of Xai Xai beach and beyond.
  • Fishing enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that Bilene gives anglers the option to not only go Deep Sea Fishing, but to also exploit their fishing skills within the Lagoon and on a number fresh water lakes North and South of Bilene, including unspoiled lakes such as Lake Sauce, Lake Gire, Lake Chissura and Lake Pab.
  • A scenic 4x4 or Quad Bike drive is all that's needed to get to these lakes.
  • On the oceans side of Bilene, shallow reefs close to shore attract schools of Big Game Fish which ultimately gives the Deep sea fisherman plenty of action.
  • Every year, the Mozambican locals open up the Lagoons mouth which allows migrating fish to swim up and into the lagoon, creating yet another great fishing spot.
  • So make sure your rod and reel are the first items packed before you leave to go on your holiday!
  • Bird watchers will be thrilled to hear that there is an astounding variety of bird species with more than 100 that inhabit the lagoon and surrounding areas.
  • Green-Backed Herons, Malachite’s and Pied Kingfishers are some of the many birds that are spotted and if you’re lucky, you may spot the Palm Nut Vulture.
  • Not to forget to mention that Flamingos are also very common here, especially in summer, which just adds to Bilene’s beautiful tropical setting.

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”.

Fresh fruit and veg can be purchased in Bilene.

Like most of Mozambique's towns, there is always a Local market selling a wide variety of goods and souvenirs that you can purchase, ranging from arts and crafts, beds, necklaces, paintings, alcohol, to local produce and famous Portuguese rolls "Pau".

Please note that your own ice machine are allowed in the camp.

We do however sell ice on the premises.

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:

  • Canoes
  • Skiing/Tubing
  • Para-sailing
  • Fishing Rods
  • Deep Sea Fishing Charters
  • Tents and Camping equipment
  • Lagoon to Beach and back Transfers
  • Local village Cultural tours
  • Boat Trips
  • Sunset boat trips
  • Cruises
  • Guided Walks
You Can find the following amenities in Bilene
Petrol & Diesel Gas Station
2 banks in Bilene: BIM and BCI