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Nghunghwa Lodge – Bilene – Mozambique

On the magnificent coast of Mozambique,  180km north of Maputo, you will find Bilene, home of Nghunghwa Lodge, a hidden piece of paradise. The name “Nghunghwa” is the Shangaan name for “Fish Eagle”, the large species of eagle that is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water occur. Enjoy magnificent views of the Ujembe Lagoon from one of twelve luxury houses scattered between trees and dune brush.

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… nature is on your doorstep, easy to reach by boat, on foot or 4×4. This is paradise for bird lovers and nature lovers.

Unforgettable Weddings

Escape to warm tropical sunsets, shimmering beaches and sultry hot weather at Nghunghwa Lodge, your fabulous wedding destination! This is the perfect venue to host your special Beach Wedding. The layout of the venue provides options to either have the ceremony on the beach or indoors. The Bride will cross a rustic bridge on the way to the beach area where she will meet up with her Groom and start a new life together.

Nghunghwa Lodge offers a venue with many options – whether you want an outdoors beach wedding or an indoors event, we have a place where you can shape your special day according to your likes (and the weather’s dislikes).

Treat the special people in your life with an amazing experience on your special day.

Thrilling Activities

Whether water or land activities attract your attention, your days will be filled with excitement. Bush & Beach walks, 4×4 trails criss-cross the area for you to explore, and the lagoon and sea offer great fishing and water sport activities.

On the southern side of the lagoon mouth lies Turtle Bay, where the leather back turtles breed (the largest turtle species of all). Tropical Marine fish can be seen at the reefs when snorkeling. The area is well known for good game fishing, including sail fish.

We offer skiing, water tube rides and wave boarding, or board a boat to head into town, the lagoon mouth or enjoy a stunning Sunset Cruise. For the kids, we have a small artificial lagoon where they can kayak in safety. There is a fresh water swimming pool and a 700 kiloliter salt water pool. In front of Nghunghwa we created an artificial reef protected by Maritime Law that is teeming with a variety of marine life and its safe for young children.


Nghunghwa Lodge offers various options of luxury accommodation:

The Presidential / Honeymoon Suite
7 x Two bedroom houses
4 x Three bedroom houses

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are air-conditioned, and all houses have spacious patios overlooking the lagoon. Houses are serviced daily. Except for the Presidential Suite, all houses have fully equipped kitchens with full sized fridge & freezer, gas stove, microwave oven and kettle. For guests that wish to self-cater, there is a Saverite (Shoprite) in Macia en route to Bilene (about 32km from Bilene) and in Bilene itself there is a market where fresh veggies and bread can be purchased, as well as some liquor, although it is rather expensive. Fresh fish and prawns can be bought from local fishermen at the resort. We are in the process of building a shop at the resort where basic necessities can be bought.

All towels and linen are provided. The houses all have wireless internet connection, and for those interested in watching some TV, this can be done at the bar.

The Presidential / Honeymoon Suite

The presidential suite has a spacious room with a Super Kingsize bed.The unit also has a lounge area with a fridge and a guest toilet.

Two Bedroom Houses

The Two Bedroom houses offer two separate bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and a shared kitchen and patio area.

Three Bedroom Houses

The Three Bedroom houses offer three separate bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and a shared kitchen and patio area.


The lodge is built against a dune and therefore have walkways with stairs leading to each house. Elderly guests or guests with a health condition should first contact the lodge to discuss the availability of special care.

The lodge is situated on the southern banks of the Ujembe lagoon and require the use of 4×4 vehicles to reach the lodge by road.
If you do not want to drive around the lagoon or do not have a 4×4 vehicle, we can offer boat transfers from Bilene town and can assist with arranging parking in Bilene. Bilene town can be reached by tar road.