The Wakene Beach Estate located on 18 acres of Coastal Dune Forest with its own beach front, only 2km North of Ponta Malongane, 7km from Ponta do Oura and 15km from the Kosi / Farazelle border.
The pristine forest and its natural flora and funa has been preserved for the enjoyment of our guests who are avid nature enthusiast and wish to get away from the more busy / populated villages of Malongane and Ponta do Oura, and enjoy peace and tranquillity.
Consideration for this beautiful environment ensured that clearings for guest private units are nestled into the forest environment and close encounters with rare or shy birds, some of which are endemic to this coastal forest are common.
The nearby villages, offer wonderful opportunity to interact with the local Mozambican Shangaan population who all speak both their native tongue and Portuguese. They are peaceful, friendly folk that offer a variety of traditionally rustic bars (baraka’s) where tourists and locals mingle. Some trade in Mozambique curios and souvenirs and brightly coloured sarongs, while others trade firewood and charcoal. There are stores with basic provisions and food supplies including bottled water and ice.
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Fresh seafood, caught that morning in Maputo bay, is available from informal traders opposite the BCI Bank in Ponta do Oura with game fish and a wonderful selection of various good quality red meats and chicken available behind the traders, in the centre arcade at Luka’s Butchery.
For the more adventurous, Wakene is centrally situated to explore the unspoilt rock pools of Fredrico’s Bay 2km North of Wakene. Snorkelling is a must with a variety of marine life and amazing corals between one and two meters deep.
The ocean also offers a magnificent annual migration of the Humpback Whales going North from June and returning by the end of October with their calves on the long trip back to their feeding grounds off the Antarctic Coast.
In addition the resident dolphins, which are here all year round, add to the visual entertainment with their antics in the waves behind the back line.
The Maputo Elephant Reserve is 26km north of Wakene, now restricted by two electric strands, the elephants were regular visitors to Malongane village.
This 50 000 hectare reserve has approximately 200 elephants. Once the Futi Corridor is fenced, linking Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa to The Maputo Reserve, the elephants will be able to follow their traditional migration route along The Rio Futi which was cut off during the civil war in the 1980’s.
A day trip with a guide is well worth the visit through the reserve with its myriad of fresh water lakes, floodplains, woodlands and forested dunes sweeping down to unspoilt beaches.
Once a year, between November to January the leather back and Logger head turtles make their appearance on the Wakene Beach to lay their eggs above the high tide water mark at night. 59 days later these eggs hatch. Up till early march you may find hundreds of tiny turtles (each the size of a match box) making their way down to the beach all the while dodging crabs only to be confronted by Giant Ignobilis kingfish that have arrived at the end of December to March to feast on these little swimmers.
There are fishing boat charters that offer the opportunity to target pelagic game fish species such as Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna and Couta or for the more adventurous, the billfish including sailfish, black and blue marlin.
There are numerous other adventure activities which are available for an hourly or daily fee. These include surfing, kite surfing, quad biking, Para gliding, spear fishing and micro light flights.