South African Hotels
Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary
Southern Coastline
Southern Africa
Hotel Type
Beach, Family, Leisure, Game Lodge, Resort

Dugong Beach Lodge, in the Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary in southern Mozambique, is a tropical safari haven – combining marine and wildlife experiences with understated luxury. Guests are given absolute priority and are free to choose whether they would like to explore the adjacent ocean or bush in a broad range of exciting activities. Alternately, visitors may want to soak up the tropical splendor on the pristine beach.


Accommodation at this property comprises just 12 air-conditioned chalets, each luxuriously decorated with all the amenities necessary for a relaxing beach and bush vacation. Two of the chalets have two separate bedrooms, as well as a private plunge pool. Outdoor showers, private deck areas with day beds and a sensuous overflowing pool all add to the incredible facilities at the lodge. All chalets have telephones, mini-bars, tea/coffee stations and wall safes. Each of the sea-facing suites looks out on the adjacent Indian Ocean, and the bathrooms overlook private courtyards where one can take a refreshing, adventurous outdoor shower.

Hotel room features:

  • Mosquito net
  • Ceiling fan
  • Air-conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Mini safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Tea and coffee station
  • Hair-dryer (on request)
  • Private deck
  • En-suite indoor/outdoor bathroom (with outdoor shower).
  • Facilities and Services

The lodges’ lounge, dining room, and sun deck all command magnificent views of the aquamarine waters. The facilities are gracefully connected by a beautifully designed interflowing swimming pool - featuring an island-style bar with martini seats. A wooden jetty reaching out into the shallows offers an ideal place to get even further ‘away from it all’.

Facilities and Services:

  • Sundeck
  • Boat Transfers to and from the lodge
  • Overflowing swimming pool
  • Private dinners on your chalet deck (or another venue)
  • Outdoor/indoor bathrooms
  • Air-conditioning and fans
  • Hair-dryers (on request)
  • Flexible meal times
  • Water-based activities (snorkeling, diving, fishing and various cruise options).
  • In-house and outsourced activities
  • Mosquito nets
  • Personal safes in chalets
  • Tea/coffee stations
  • Mini-bar
  • Telephone
  • Massage treatments.
  • Groups and Incentive Trips

The Lodge presents the perfect getaway option for either company incentives or small seminars. Venues can easily be arranged for meetings. Prior notice is required for any specific conferencing requirements, due to the remote location.

Special Notes

Electricity is produced by a generator that runs only at scheduled times to preserve the charming ambiance. An hour after the last guest has retired to bed; the power source transfers to solar – adequate for lighting and fans only.

A short boat transfer reaches the lodge, and guests have to wade through knee-deep water to get to the ship, guests are therefore advised to dress accordingly (sandals, shorts, and light, weather-proof jacket). As the lodge falls within a malaria zone, it is recommended that you bring protective clothing and consult your doctor about preventative measures before your trip. Additionally, be sure to remember all own medication, sun protection, and antihistamines, as there is no nearby pharmacy.

Please enquire with us about the visa requirements pertinent to your country of origin.

Note that guests are liable for passenger, immigration and airports taxes, payable in US$ or ZAR in cash only.  All guests pay a conservation fee (per person staying) that is not included but is paid on arrival or departure.

Below detailed information about the Dugong Beach is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • Beverage Maker in Room
  • Direct dial telephone
  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In room safe
  • Indoor Outdoor Showers
  • Mini bar
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Private plunge pool
  • Safe
  • Separate sitting area
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Terrace
  • Viewing Deck



The Lodge has no set meal times the day starts when you decide. Both breakfast and lunch are overlooking the beach on the main deck, while dinner is occasionally served on the beach. Beautiful quality meals are presented, making use of locally procured supplies wherever possible. Aside from the main bar area, there is also an island bar in the swimming pool, where guests can enjoy cocktails while admiring the exquisite aquatic surrounds.

The Spa

The lodge offers massage treatments for guests in search of relaxation in a most beautiful setting.

Sundowner dhow cruise

Take a memorable sunset cruise in this ancient craft and let the gentle breeze carry you into the evening during a stay at the Dugong Beach Lodge in Mozambique.

Nature drive in sanctuary

The 31 000 hectare sanctuary is home to free-roaming Eland, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Nyala, Suni, Steenbok, as well as both Red and Grey Duiker to which guests at the Dugong Beach Lodge have access to.

Beach walks

Stroll along miles of pristine, white beaches collecting shells and flotsam along the way.


The crystal clear, warm waters are host to millions of brightly coloured reef fish, rays, turtles and many other species.  At certain times, even dolphin and migrating whales can be seen from the Dugong Beach Lodge in Mozambique.


The safe, calm seas at Dugong Beach Lodge are the ideal place to extend yourself for an excellent paddle around the archipelago.

Massage treatments

Indulge yourself as one of the trained massage therapists help rid you of all remnants of stress.

Horse riding

Ride among herds of grazing antelope in the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary at the Dugong Beach Lodge.

Sailing (Hobie catamaran)

Skim across the azure waters on a Hobie Catamaran, perhaps joined by flying fish or playful dolphins.

Nearby attractions

Nearby attractions:

  • Bangwe Island
  • Picnic at Worlds’ View.
Nearby activities

Nearby activities:

  • Day trips
  • Ocean safaris
  • Island excursions
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Scuba diving
  • Luxury sailing yacht
  • Visit local fishing village.

Events at the Dugong Beach Lodge

Dugong Lodge in Mozambique is a perfect place for corporate incentive or executive getaways. Facilities can be made available for small seminars or meetings. Specialist conferencing equipment is not available on site.

  • Bar
  • Barbeque & braai area
  • Beach club
  • Bird hide
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Cocktail Bar
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Hide
  • Hiking trails
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor patio
  • Plunge pool
  • Private guest library/ lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Sea Views
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Air conditioning
  • Braai/Barbeque
  • Game drive safaris
  • Laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage treatments
  • Medical Air Rescue Service
  • Room service
  • Safety deposit box
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria and Animals
  • As the lodge falls within a malaria zone, it is advised that guests bring protective clothing and consult their doctor about preventative measures before the trip.  Additionally, be sure to remember all personal medication, sun protection and antihistamines, as there is no nearby pharmacy.

Available Rooms

Beach Chalet

# Rooms:

The Lodge has a total of twelve luxuriously appointed tented chalets, of which two beach villas have double rooms (accommodating four adults).

Standard Chalet features:

  • Mosquito net
  • Ceiling fan
  • Two twin or one king-size bed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Mini safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Tea and coffee station
  • Hair-dryer (on request)
  • Private deck
  • En-suite indoor/outdoor bathroom (with outdoor shower).
Single Room US $550
Double Room US $780

Dugong Beach Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Dugong Beach Lodge is a wonderful location for a corporate getaway. This 3 night package is available for a group of 28 guests and includes:

  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos, including taxes
  • Return boat transfers from Vilanculos to Dugong Lodge
  • 3 Nights accommodation for 28 guests
  • Three meals daily
  • Bangwe Island excusion
  • Sundowner Dhow Cruise

Prices: R499,000.00 for 28 guests for 3 nights (1 September - 19 December 2015) and R529,000.00 for 28 guests for 3 nights (1 January - 15 December 2016).

Included in the rate:

  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos, including taxes
  • Return boat transfers from Vilanculos to Dugong Lodge
  • 3 Nights accommodation for 28 guests
  • Three meals daily
  • Bangwe Island excusion
  • Sundowner Dhow Cruise

Excluded from the rate:

  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry etc.)

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for a group of 28 guests for 3 nights
  • Not available during peak periods
  • Subject to availability

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -22.132143

Longitude: 35.443108


The Lodge is situated on the southern coastline of Mozambique within the boundaries of the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary.

Scheduled daily flights to the Vilanculos International Airport in Mozambique on Pelican Air in pressurized turboprop aircraft take 2 hours from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) (International Departures counter 55) and one and a half hours from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP).

Chartered flights can be arranged to the Dugong Beach Lodge:

- runway: 03/21
- length: 780 meters (hardened calcrete) Flat.
- elevation: 25ft below sea level.

Boat transfers from the Vilanculos International Airport to the Lodge take between 30 to 40 minutes (depending on the tide).

Vilanculos is approximately 700km north of Maputo.
The trip from the Vilanculos Airport to the boat takes approximately 15 min and guests are transported in a 14-seater minibus.
The boat transfer to the Lodge takes approximately 40 minutes.
Transfers must be booked at the time of making a reservation and are charged separately.
It must be noted that, at times, there may be a delay in the transfer to the Lodge should passengers be arriving at different times on different airlines.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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