Mozambique Happenings for accommodation, things to do and places to see in Mozambique




Bilene, also known as Praia do Bilene, is a town in southern Mozambique, lying 180km kilometres northeast of Maputo in the province of Gaza.


It is known as a beach resort, situated on Uembje Lagoon, a calm and clear lagoon, iit is reported to be the closest beach destination to the city of Johannesburg in neighboring South Africa


Previously know as Sao Martinho, Bilene is a peaceful village

Uembje Lagoon is a huge stretch of water, about 8km wide and 27km long and reaching depths of 50 metres. The shores are shallow and are ringed by beautiful white sandy beaches with rolling sand dunes and tropical lush vegetation.


The town of Bilene has a small but colourful local market. where resh produce and other foodstuffs are on sale. Visitors to Bilene can also purchase brightly coloured capalanas (sarongs) and locally made clothes. Curios, cashew nuts and coconuts are also for sale.



There is also locally caught fish from the lagoon – normally small garoupa, as well as crabs and prawns for sea food lovers.


There is a variety of different accommodation in Bilene, ranging from campsites, self-catering, holiday resorts and hotels. Most are situated on the shores of the Lagoon and are spread out so you have the feeling of space and endless beaches.



There are local pubs, and over weekends discos for the young and young at heart!



  • Water sports, so bring the boat and jet-ski’s.
  • Swimming is safe due to the shallowness of the lagoon and the water is always warm.
  • Barges can be taken across the Lagoon to the mouth, where there is safe snorkeling
  • Depending on the season, whale and turtle spotting
  • Some great Quad Bike trails, one can go as far as the Limpopo River Mouth to Zongoene Resort, a 35km ride away through villages and inland lakes.





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