The Xai Xai area is a great place for fishing, fishing charters are provided at Zongoene Lodge (situated on the Limpopo river mouth just south of Xai-Xai) but other than this you would be best to take along all your own equipement and boats although NKwanzi and Nhambavale Lodge in the Chidenguele area may also be able to assist at certain times of year.
Ideally located just off the main EN1 road 15km south of Xai Xai the Honeypot is a welcome oasis from the heat of the road.
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The perfect overnight stop. Situated next to the EN1 makes Madeirarte the most convenient overnight location.
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Beach front property with privacy, situated on the nearest dune, facing the sea.
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The Xai Xai area is a great place for fishing, fishing charters are provided at Zongoene Lodge (situated on the Limpopo river mouth just south of Xai-Xai) but other than this you would be best to take along all your own equipement and boats although NKwanzi and Nhabavale Lodge in the Chidenguele area may also be able to assist at certain times of year.
Barrier lakes edge much of this section of the coast providing for bathing, swimming and watersports in a safer environment than that or the open sea, although the ocean beaches are close by for those who prefer the sound of the breaking waves. Some of these lakes are salt water estuaries which may be cut off from the ocean by sandbars, these lagoons usually have beautiful white sandy beaches ideal for sunbathing. Some of the lakes such as many of those at Chidenguele near Xai-Xai are fresh water. The lagoons lining the EN1 road through Quissico make for a particularly picturesque journey.
Between the Limpopo River and Inharrime the coastline of Mozambique is littered with freshwater and salt water lakes. Many of the lodges in this area are still fairly remote and require a 4x4 to access, but there are a few lodges at Chidenguele which can easily be reached from the main EN-1 in normal vehicles and which can offer a great overnight stop or place to relax for a couple of days.
The beaches in this area are stunning and the are will appeal to all nature lovers. The lakes, particularly Nhambavale lake at Ciidenguele is ideally suited to water sports although at the present time you will need to take all your ownequipment with you as there are few organised activities in the area.
Xai-Xai is situated on the Limpopo/Incomati River basin over 200km north of Maputo and is of most importance as a supply centre and crossing point over the Limpopo river which divides the southernmost section of Mozambique from the more central areas, the impressive Limpopo River Bridge was built in 1964.
Xai-Xai itself is an administrative centre and apart from re-supplying has little to offer tourists, more attractive is Xai-Xai beach (Praia de Xai-Xai) situated some 10km away. Since the construction of the protective dyke against flooding the beaches at Xai-Xai have started to attract a number of tourists, but a good 4x4 vehicle is needed to access the best accommodation along a sandy track north running east from the village at Xai-Xai beach. The beaches at nearby Chongoene and Zongoene are generally more popular with holiday makers.
Most supplies are available in Xai-Xai including deisel & petrol, however it has been known for Xai-Xai to run out of Unleaded petrol in extremely busy holiday periods. The local markets sell fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables.
Quissico is most famous for its traditional dancing & music. The Timbila ta Venácio orchestra (timbila being a type of mirimba or xylophone) based just north of Quissico has acheived international acclaim and each year the annual and spectacular timbila festival, usually held at the end of June, attracts regular visitors including the ambassadors from China, Germany and Sweden.
The beautiful lagoon at Quissico runs parallel to the Ocean and is fed by the Inharime river around 40km north of Quissico and stretches for a further 30km south where it flows into the sea at Chissibuca. A high primary dune protects Quissico from the elements of the ocean which has a strong undercurrent along this section of coast. There are reefs offshore which are accessible by boat at low tide for snorkelling & diving, the famous Inhambane Manta Reef stretches past Quissico and is as yet unexplored. During the winter months of May to October Humpback & Southern Right Whales might be seen breaching, lob tailing and spy hopping offshore, Bottlenose Dolphins and Bryde's Whales may be seen year round.