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Anvil Bay, Machavene, Mozambique View on map
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Welcome to Anvil Bay

Anvil Bay is a private and exclusive barefoot beach camp on a rare untouched stretch of coastal wilderness in Mozambique’s most southern national park. Created with the smallest possible footprint to preserve the wilderness and special sense of place the camp is set up on the beach under canvas and thatch.

The beach bar, lounge and restaurant are centrally positioned on the bay. With the accommodations either side. Just 10 Casinhas are nestled in the dune forest on stilted wooden decks, each with its own stretch of beachfront.

The lure of Africa is to experience the wilderness as it’s been for thousands of years. Anvil Bay is a beach in Africa where it is as it’s been for thousands of years. On a rare unspoiled stretch of beach guests get to experience life close to nature but with all the comforts of home.

The perfect beach holiday to just relax and recover from a strenuous overland safari. Or go on new adventures at sea, on the beach or exploring the lakes forests and savannas of the park. Escape to a world of simple pleasures and lifetime memories.

Sunrises over the ocean and sunsets across the Parks pristine lakes and vast savannas. Evenings under the stars around a campfire. Miles of untouched beaches and an ocean teeming with marine life to explore. Anvil Bay is a dream destination for nature lovers in search of the perfect get away from it all wilderness beach experience.

Activity Centre offering a host of ways to explore and enjoy …

  • Beach Walks
  • Dune Forest Trails
  • Rock Pool Exploration
  • Beach Games
  • Turtle Nestling Walks (SEASONAL)
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Body Boarding
  • Stand Up Paddle Boards
  • Shore Fishing
  • Snorkeling Trips
  • Ocean Safari and Whale Watching
  • Ocean Fishing
  • Culture Village Tour Or Santa Maria Tour

What sets Anvil Bay Apart

  • Private barefoot-luxury wilderness experience
  • Miles of uninhabited pristine coastline
  • Located in the spectacular Maputo Special Reserve (formally the Elephant Reserve)
  • One of Earth’s biologically richest ecosystems
  • Southern Africa’s last herd of coastal elephant
  • Whale and turtle encounters in season
  • Myriad beach, ocean and park activities
  • Authentic Mozambique Cuisine and fresh seafood
  • Small ecological footprint, fully solar powered
  • Community-owned, responsible tourism destination

Getting Here

Anvil Bay is located at Maputo Special Reserve in Southern Mozambique.

  • Helicopter Transfer: This is generally the preferred option for guests as it brings you direct to Anvil Bay in just 30 minutes from Maputo International Airport. If traveling to us by Helicopter you will be met at the airport after clearing customs and immigration and introduced to your pilot. Sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery as you fly around the Bay of Maputo before passing over mangrove and savanna on your way to the coast.
  • Road Transfer: Why not treat yourself to a scenic game drive as part of your journey to Anvil Bay? Transfer by road is available both from Maputo and from the Kosi Bay border post between South Africa and Mozambique. Driving time from Kosi Bay is around 2.5 hours and from Maputo around 3-4 hours.
  • Self Drive: For those with an adventurous spirit you can drive to Anvil Bay, Ponta Chemucane. A 4×4 vehicle is required and you will need to enter the Maputo Special Reserve before 17h00 in Summer or 16h00 in Winter. Contact us for detailed directions and information.

Hotel Facilities

Air Conditioning
Beach volleyball
Flat Tv
Internet – Wifi
Spa & Sauna
Surf Board Rental
Water sports
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Hotel Theme



Check In 2:30 PM
Check Out 10:00 AM
Hotel Policies

Children policy

• Children aged 0 to 5 only pay Levies and Children 5 to 12 years will pay 35% of the Adult Full Board rate. • A maximum of 2 single beds can be added to certain Casinhas to accommodate children sharing with parents. • A camp cot can be requested for children up to 2 years. • A better option for families with small children is our Family Casinha which has in addition to the king size bed two single beds and a luxury bathtub. • Two of our casinhas are nestled close together connected by a sandy path and sharing a common beach access. The twin casinhas can be set up for a family group of up to six. • Parents who wish to book a separate room for children under the age of 12 will accept full responsibility for the care of their children. Anvil Bay’s casinhas are not located within view of each other and are not connected with walkways other than beach access. In the above case the first child will pay the full adult rate and the second, third child will pay the applicable child rate as per the age policy. • Restrictions apply to certain activities for all children under the age of twelve. • Children aged 2 and upwards are required to book their own seat in the helicopter at adult rates.

Minimum night’s stay policies

• During the period 16 December and 05 January Anvil Bay requires a minimum stay of four nights. • Specials will refer to the applicable minimum nights stay.

Activities policies & restrictions

• Bookings for activities are only be accepted during the guests stay on a first come first serve basis. • Inclusive activities are not refundable, exchangeable or transferable. • Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by parents at all times whether partaking in an activity or just making use of the ocean and/or swimming area. • Our oceans are subject to currents and all bathers are advised to stay within view of the lodge. • No children under the age of 12 will be permitted to complete any of the dune forest hikes that are not accompanied by parents. • We regret no children under the age of 8 will be allowed on any activities requiring a surf boat launch and time out on sea such as the ocean safari, whale watching safari and sea fishing excursions. • Children under the age of 12 are allowed to make use of the sea kayaks, stand up paddle boards, beach bikes etc. The responsibility of their safety lies with their parents. Anvil Bay will not be held liable for any injury or accident which may occur as a result of the use of these items.
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