About Us

Santa Maria was the name of the flagship that Columbus used when he made his first voyage of discovery in 1492.

Being involved in the lodge since the early days and through various stages of the development of Nhonguane Lodge, all the stakeholders invested time and a piece of their heart into the project. In those early days, overlooking the bay from a safari tent with the hum of a generator in the background, we dreamed about sharing the paradise at Santa Maria peninsula with fellow travelers.

The new team at Nhonguane Lodge, both on site and in a supportive capacity, wishes to all our guests, old and new, that this destination will be a voyage of discovery.

High season – 80% deposit required to secure the booking – balance payable 60 days prior to arrival.
Low season – 50% deposit required to secure the booking – balance payable 30 days prior to arrival.
Any reservation less than 30 days prior to arrival, will require full payment to secure.
Rates are inclusive of 17% IVA (government tax), and are self-catering.
All prices are subject to change without prior notice.
HIGH SEASON reservations:
A refund of 80% will apply only for the portion of time for which a replacement booking is secured, regardless of the notice period.
LOW SEASON reservations –
A refund on cancellation of 80% will apply if a cancellation is received and acknowledged at least 60 days prior to the visit.
No refunds on cancellation less than 60 days prior to the commencement of the visit, unless a replacement booking is secured.
For any cancellations, we will endeavour to secure a replacement booking. If we are successful, a refund of 80% will apply for the portion of time for which a replacement booking is secured. As can be appreciated, a 20% administration fee will be retained.
Failure to settle the balance of the tariff, within the stipulated period, allows the booking to be replaced. If we are successful, a refund of 80% will apply for the portion of time for which a replacement booking is secured.
Cancellations should be received in writing.


Visas are no longer necessary for South African tourists entering Mozambique but it is required for all other foreign tourists. An unabridged birth certificate must also accompany each child (under 18). Procedures regarding vehicle & SARS declarations differ from the various border posts. Please ensure you are aware of the necessary requirements and restrictions. Remember the following:

  • Sticker with yellow triangle on blue background to be attached at the back right and front right of motor vehicles and trailers
  • Yellow reflective jacket for driver of motor vehicle (Law in Mozambique)
  • 2 x red triangles (Law in Mozambique)
  • Motor vehicle registration papers or permission from owner of vehicle if the vehicle is not your own.
  • Remember all the essential papers for your boat or Jet-ski
  • Patience and humour!

Visits to Inhaca Island

Enquire at reception for Dhow trips that can be arranged for snorkeling and a day cruise around Inhaca Island.

The Port Captain also does spot checks on skippers’ licenses, passports, launching permit and safety equipment when visiting Inhaca Island with your own boat.


This is a malaria area – there are mosquitoes!


Nhonguane Lodge LDA accepts no responsibility for any deaths, injury or illness sustained or suffered by any one person or persons, or theft, loss or damage to any property, occurring during or arising from a visit or visits to parks, reserves, vehicle or boat trips or excursions, however caused and whether allegedly due to the negligence of the Company or any of its employees or agents or arising from the use of any facilities supplied or made available by Nhonguane Lodge.

It is the responsibility of the guest to double-check all information relating to borders, taxes, licenses etc.
Nhonguane Lodge cannot be held responsible if information changes.