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Membene is renowned for regular visits from our local elephant population among other wildlife and bird life. The beach is calm and protected, really safe for swimming at low tide, at high tide there’s a strong side wash which shouldn’t be a problem for any abled swimmer. Boats can be launched there, but we don’t recommend it due to the shallow sand bar. Research has shown it’s one of the highest densities of turtle nesting in the world. Snorkeling at low tide is an unforgettable experience.

What you need to know when going to
Ponta Membene

 Address- Reserva Especial deMaputo (Maputo Special Reserve), Ponta Membene


  • A 4x4 is a must to have access to the Reserve.

  • Please use the Futi gate, not the Gala gate (temporarily closed).

  • Ponta Membene will not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of belongings that occurs outside of the lodge with its customers.

  • Our rates do not include the park fees.

  • The Reserve opens from 06:00AM until 6:00PM (October to March) and from 07:00AM until 5:00PM (April to September).

  • Please follow the small yellow arrows to get to Ponta Membene.

  • Let down your tires and switch off the ABS.

  • Bookings must be done prior to arrival.

  • We accept cash and electronic funds transfer (EFT), as card payments may be challenging due to poor signal reception.

  • Receipts from the booking must be presented at the gate.

  • All guests must check in by reception before heading to their accommodation.

  • Only stay in the campsite assigned to you, should there be a need for a change, please speak to Reception.

  • A key deposit is required upon check in an amount of 1000 MZN in cash or passport /ID/credit card in case of keys getting lost or breakages in the chalets, the deposit will be lost.

  • Should there be any property damages, an invoice will be issued to the guest.

  • Bringing your own food and drinks to the Restaurant, Lapa and swimming pool is prohibited.

  • Always be aware and alert for dangerous wild animals, at all times.

  • No littering.

  • It is prohibited to make fire at the beach.

  • Drinking at the beach is illegal.

  • No pets allowed.

  • There is no phone signal.

  • There are no ACs in the chalet, only fans.

  • Beware of monkeys, keep the food in the cupboards, fridge and lock it.

  • All chalets are equipped with a stainless steel braai grill, ONLY charcoal is allowed to be used in these
    grills as it poses a fire hazard, all campsites and Forest Chalets have a braai pit where wood purchased from Reception 
    is allowed to be burnt.

  • It is prohibited to scavenge wood for fires or any other use from the park surroundings.

  • Do not place leftovers in the big bucket, only in the green bucket because of the monkeys.

  • There are no mosquito nets, if you need a mosquito net, please bring it with you.

  • No music.

  • No walking around the lodge during the night.

  • We have a Restaurant at the Lodge.

  • The campsites have electricity but in case of power failure, we have a backup generator.

  • In case of power failure, the generator switch on but will only run until 10:00PM.

  • The Wi-Fi access points are available at the Reception, Restaurant, and Lapa.

  • We have a boat launch access.

  • For fishing licenses and boat launch permits, please enquire at reception for assistance.

  • We have a pool available in the lodge, but no lifeguards available.

  • The camps that can take trailers tents are: 1A, 1B, 2,4,5, 7  and 8.

  • Camps that can take rooftop tents are: 1A ,1B ,2,4 and 7.

  • Camp that can take caravans is: 1A and 1B.

  • Camps that cannot take trailers, rooftop tents and caravans are: 3 and 6.

  • Due to power limitations, each campsite is restricted to 6A of usage.

  • Minimum no. of people for Camp 8 is 10 (peak season) and 8 (low season).

  • Minimum no. of people for the rest of the camps is 10 (peak season) and 2 (low season).

  • All Camp sites have ablutions, kitchen and fire pit, please bring your own grill, drinkable water and enough food.

  • Please, bring your own firewood.

  • We sell ice and charcoal.

  • Waste food must be placed in a separate green dustbin provided at each camp/unit. The food waste will go to the bio digester to produce gas for cooking.




MNP Rules (Maputo National Park)


  • No off-road driving;

  • No driving on beach;

  • No tourist uses of roads not open to visitors;

  • No driving at night unless authorized;

  • No angling outside zones designated for this purpose;

  • No collection of plants or animals (including fish, corals, mollusks etc.) unless under license in areas zoned for this purpose;

  • No firearms within the MNP unless for management purposes;

  • No disturbance or feeding of wild animals, or damage to plants;

  • No unauthorized collection of firewood inside the MNP;

  • All rubbish to be removed from the MNP for appropriate disposal elsewhere by both visitors, tourism operators and MNP management;

  • No domestic animals allowed into the MNP;

  • Fires are only allowed in designated fireplaces; and

  • Gate entrance and exit times must be adhered to by all visitors, operators, concessionaires and their agents.

The Maputo National Park is in no way responsible for any loss, damage, injury or loss of life through whatever means to visitors or their property including vehicles.

Take only memories with you, leave only footprints!

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