A lovely holiday chris skelton, South Africa
08 January 2013
We had a lovely stay, was a little hot! Accommodation was great and lovely to have air con. Very accommodating we only had to ask and we recieved! Thank you for the tour of the island, the guys did a great job.
What a fantastic, relaxing place Philip Mercer, South Africa
25 November 2011
What a magnificent place - out of this world! If you are into relaxing then this place is definitely for you. After an eight-hour journey from Johannesburg to Barcos, we finally crossed the ferry and arrived at De LaRey's shack and had a great laugh there for a while before continuing the last 2 to 3 km to Barcos.
So far we had travelled without incident and thought the last 2 km would also be a breeze. Well, we were mistaken, however it was certainly fun having travelled up in a 2x4 SUV. The last 200 m became thick sand and yes, we got stuck. After deflating the tyres to 1.2 bar we finally got out of the sand. So that answers my earlier query, yes you can make it in a 2x4 SUV, but I would not try it in a saloon car.
We were made to feel at home by Solly and his team, and thanks to Alfonso who took really good care of our log cabin which was always clean and a pleasure to stay in for a long weekend.
The surroundings of beach and more, were excellent with fish, prawns and crayfish always available to be purchased. We had a fantastic time. We visited a couple of pubs on Maceneta and had a great time there too.
I will be back one day but have been warned to stay away from school holidays when it does get slightly busy.
Solly, we had a great time and send our regards to all there and Claire says she is coming back to smuggle socks back to South Africa! Give our regards to all at Barcos, especially Alfonso.
Great Koos Lock, South Africa
24 October 2011
First time visit to Barco's. Stay excellent.
Pristine location Jenny Preiss, South Africa
26 April 2011
Absolutely beautiful place in a pristine location; accomodation perfect: clean, comfortable, well equipped kitchen. 4x4 obligatory. It is a long, bumpy but exciting journey involving two ferries up from the Farazela border, so we recommended that you go for a few days to make it worthwhile! Very family and boating orientated; not a party destination. Afrikaans influence. Huge bay ensures deep, calm waters but no waves to speak of besides shories. No reefs for snorkelling but lovely pool area perfect for kids. Really lovely place to go and unwind on the white beaches while the boys go fishing. Enjoy!
Really nice Nishan Sitlu, South Africa
24 December 2010
The lodge is really nice. The units need to be kept a little cleaner though, especially the kitchens. Staff are friendly and speak Portuguese and Afrikaans with little English and Zulu. The manager Solly is really friendly and always willing to help. If the ferry is not working it's really difficult to get to the lodge and this adds around 1.5 hours to your journey and can only be accessed with a 4x4 due to the sandy roads. Fishing was really bad when we were there. We kept hearing of the locals netting and selling fish in the mornings but never saw that. There were the odd nettings but the locals were not always willing to sell the fish.
Barco's De Macaneta Lodge Promise Ncongwane, South Africa
14 December 2010
We had a great time. We took our whole family. Thirty of us where there. The service was great and such an experience. The beach is to die for. All pristine blue and white sands for kilometers. Fresh fish, we even got a chance to help the locals with pulling in the nets from fishing. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Thank you.
Barcos de Macaneta Ruth Richards, South Africa
17 May 2010
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Went the extra mile. Chalets are lovely but mosquitoes can be a problem. The surroundings are also very beautiful. We were upgraded from camping to chalets at no extra cost, as the chalets were empty and we were only staying 1 night. Nice :)
Barco's De Macaneta Lodge
Macaneta Island is the closest beach resort to Maputo in Southern Mozambique. This unique island is surrounded by the Nkomati River and the Indian Ocean, with abundant plant and bird life. Excellent fishing is also available in the area.
Here you will find tropical, pristine, unspoilt beaches for 50 km. The beach is a short 200 metre walk away or a five-minute stroll to the beach for swimming, tanning, beach parties and to watch the local fisherman pull in their nets. Boats, jet skis, quad bikes and rubber ducks are welcome at Barco's De Macaneta Lodge, however no vehicles are allowed onto the beach.
Accommodation at Barco’s De Macaneta Lodge is offered in fully equipped self-catering units or in our shaded campsite. Our two Chalets as well as our Reed House each sleep up to four people comfortably, while our two Log Houses can accommodate six and eight people respectively. All of our self-catering units are fitted with fans, fridges and freezers, microwave ovens, pots, pans, plates, cutlery, linen, and towels. Electricity is available 24 hours, and most units have air-conditioned bedrooms. Each chalet also has its own barbecue area surrounded by natural bush for privacy.
Camping at Macaneta is offered in campsites with open kitchen facilities and optional power outlets that can be arranged when booking. For your convenience, we also have a sparkling pool at our thatched roof lapa as well as a bar and a restaurant with a basic menu, open only during school holidays.
Fresh fish and prawns can be bought from the local fishermen daily, and cold beer, cold drinks, ice and fresh bread is available on the island. Petrol and charcoal can be bought in Marracuene. Although there is fresh water available, it is advisable to bring enough of your own drinking water. There is a brand new shopping mall in Maputo which is also well worth a day trip. Whether you would like an adventure holiday or just prefer to relax and get away from it all, it is all waiting here for you.