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About Catembe Gallery Hotel

Catembe Gallery Hotel features fifteen luxury rooms that are individually decorated by leading Mozambican artists. All rooms face the Indian Ocean and boast panoramic views of the Maputo skyline. As you enter your room, you will be amazed by the view from your private balcony, as well as the original African artwork displayed for your appreciation. All rooms feature an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi. For the travelling corporate, two rooms have also been equipped with a separate work area. Wireless Internet and conference centre available.

For those who prefer a real home away from home holiday, we offer two penthouses that are ideal for larger groups, families or longer-term stays. They are fully equipped and serviced, so that you have the choice of self-catering or using the hotel facilities.

In Portuguese times, dining on prawns at Marisol was a must around Lourenço Marques, and we are proud to continue this long-standing tradition. Today, you can dine on the freshest seafood delicacies and Indian Ocean cuisine. For Sunday brunch, our chef will also tempt you with the best traditional Mozambican dishes. Domingo no Marisol is becoming a must in town for the Maputo residents and tourists picking up the vibe with locally famous live bands. The bar was designed and decorated by an inspired young African artist, who chose to design a surreal landscape. The end effect is a perfect antidote to the stress of city life and invitation to let your thoughts float away on an exotic journey along the shores of East Africa. Why not sample the famous "Catembe" punch that originated here, and check out the regular live art exhibitions and music performances. We pack picnic baskets for your excursions or boating trips, and when you return, our cooks will be glad to prepare for you the fish you have caught, while you watch. Or why not prepare it yourself at our outdoor barbecue while you enjoy a sundowner from the pool bar.

Most of our guests enjoy the opportunity to relax by the pool or stroll on the beach. However, Catembe is also an opportunity to discover a world of fascinating contrasts and natural beauty to the rhythm of the authentic village lifestyle. Attractions include hiking trails, birding trails and quad bike trails with local guides. A topper is our day trip to the Maputo Elephant Reserve where one can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles, flamingos and the most stunning high dunes and deserted beaches. We will also be happy to arrange boating trips for game fishing, diving or snorkelling, or a picnic on a deserted beach on Inhaca and Portuguese islands. The marine life and coral surrounding these islands are among the most pristine in the world.

Catembe is the perfect base from which to explore the nearby Maputo Elephant Reserve that is famed for its bird life and elephants and slated as a potential Natural World Heritage Site. Catembe Gallery Hotel commits itself to help protect this amazing natural heritage and will tailor its excursions to meet the strictest environmental and ecological standards. For those who travel further afield, Catembe Gallery Hotel is a gateway to the renown game and nature reserves of Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal, including the future Maputaland Transfrontier conservation area. The Maputo Special Reserve is one of the most beautiful and yet poorly known conservation areas in Southern Africa. The large variety of habitats includes mangrove forest, tidal wetlands, large treeless grass plains and dense sand forest. This mosaic of biomes supports an impressive diversity of plants, bird species, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and antelope. More than 200 elephants were recorded in 2002; on our trips we use local guides and rangers who have high sighting rates.

Beach: Located within walking distance from the beach, with lovely Indian Ocean views.

Spa: Our very unique and exciting new spa is well under way and almost ready for our grand opening.

Wedding Venues: Ample space & beautiful garden settings for your function coupled with an excellent F&B team to prepare your every wish for that special day. Choose our formal dining room or simply book out our Baia Tapas Bar situated in the sea.Kindly enquire.

Conference Venues: Catembe Gallery Hotel offers conferencing facilities for up to 400 delegates. The conference packages include water, flip charts, white boards and free WiFi. Please enquire for more information.

Family friendly: We offer a jungle gym in a beautiful garden setting overlooking the pool area. Ample space for running around with a huge tree for shading.

Romantic: Our Bayview Chalets are very popular for honeymooners. Situated on the beach, these eco friendly chalets are serviced daily, are decorated on arrival, offers a VIP service and a room service breakfast upon request.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 11 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Hotel
  • Sleeps: 54
  • Check-in: 00:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Garden
  • Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi/Hot-tub
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Romantic
  • 24H. Security
  • Activities desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • House Keeping
  • Massage
  • Safe
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
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Catembe Gallery Hotel Rooms

Reviews for Catembe Gallery Hotel

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Marcel Breedt, South Africa
09 November 2009

Great accommodation and staff went out of their way to make our stay as pleasurable as possible.

Anonymous, South Africa
12 August 2009

The overall feel from the website that we got was that it will be like an island resort. But was a bit disappointed. There is really nothing to do in Catembe unless you drive 3km back to the ferry and go back to Maputo. The R600 'budget' rooms were tiny and the TV was not working. Bathroom facilities were not hygienic.However the Marisol restaurant was fantastic and the prawns were surpurb!

Matthew Turner, South Africa
02 May 2009

The rooms have a great view over the bay looking into Maputo. Rooms are a nice size and enable you to move around and do stuff. Everyroom had a balcony that was also great.The ferry crossing maybe a really long wait (we waited 2hours just to get on) but the way the guys pack vehicles on is incredible and quite an experience in the end.If you looking for a well priced place to stay (for one night or more) this is the spot. Clean, friendly and brilliant.

Mike Levey, South Africa
30 December 2005

Was very relaxing. Not too many things to do. Seems more of a stop-over place on the way to another destination. Rooms and the hotel are well decorated with some interesting local artwork. Staff very friendly and helpful

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Catembe Gallery Hotel is 1.6km from the centre of Catembe , the nearest airport 11km (Maputo International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling