The Resort

Experience Mozambique and it's Jewel The San Martinho Beach Club!

Just north of Maputo lies the beautiful town of Bilene, which boasts a stunning natural lagoon that is 13.7km long and between 2.6km and 3.7km wide at its widest point. This is the perfect setting for the splendid resort, San Martinho Beach Club, which is set on 43 exclusive hectares of land. The resort currently comprises of 8 Luxury Duplex Beach Front Apartments and 2 luxury Villas set on the property’s spacious indigenous forest. Completed infrastructure includes an entrance and gate security, a club house / game room, gym, adventure putt-putt, rim-flow pool, swim-up (dry) bar and a show unit.

The resort offers an escape into an invigorating atmosphere of vegetated sand dunes, pristine white sandy beaches and the signature natural lagoon completing this perfect escape. Immerse yourself in local activities such as snorkelling and early morning fishing with the locals.

Experience Mozambique and it's Jewel The San Martinho Beach Club!

For the angler, the surf and offshore fishing opportunities are outstanding and justifiably support Mozambique’s reputation as one of the world’s top sea fishing destinations. And after a fun-filled day of activities, you can unwind with a sun downer while enjoying the endless view.

Resort Facilities

  • Large rim flow swimming pool with dry bar
  • Games room with Pool Table, Table Tennis, Foosball and Darts
  • Adventure Putt-Putt (9 holes)
  • Boule Pitch
  • Gym
  • Kayaks
  • Bicycle hire
  • Kids play area
  • Beach Volley Ball
  • Umbrellas
  • 24 hr Security
  • Surf and Offshore Fishing

Future Facilities

  • 2 x Tennis Courts
  • Additional large swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beach Bar
  • Water Skiing / wakeboarding
  • Lagoon fishing & Diving charters
  • Small sailboat hire
  • Sundowner Cruises
  • Library
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Paradise within a day

San Martinho Beach Club is located in Billene, on the east coast of Mozambique. It is an easy 2.5 hours drive north from Maputo on good tarred roads and is also easily accessible by air. That coupled with the fact that South African's don't require VISA's make it a truly stress free journey.

Co Ordinates

Bilene Airstrip: 25* 16' South, 33* 14" East
San Martinho Beach Club: 25* 16' South, 33* 16' East

Travel by Road

From To Distance Estimated travel time  
JohannesburgBilene 700km 7 hours  
NelspruitBilene 334km 4 hours  
MaputoBilene 180km 2½ hours  
DurbanBilene 780km 8½ hours  

From Johannesburg

Travel to Nelspruit and then on to the Komatipoort border post. Once through the Komatipoort border post follow the road +/-100km towards Maputo. You will go through 2 tollgates, the first is +/-50km from Komatipoort, payment can be made in Meticais, Rands or US$. The second, Motola toll plaza is just before you enter Maputo and payment is preferred in Meticais.

Directions From Durban (via Swaziland)

From Durban, take the main N2 highway north to Zululand, past Richards Bay to Mkuze. Keep an eye for a road on the right marked Golela, this being the border post into Swaziland. From the Golela border post follow the road past Big Bend. Take the right turnoff to Siteki/Lomahasha border post. Once through the border head towards Maputo and you will go through the Motola toll plaza*

Directions From Motola Toll*

At the Motola toll you can only pay with Meticais. A couple of kms after the tollgate you will get a slipway to turn left, saying Xai Xai. Turn left and keep on this road following the signs to Xai Xai - Route EN4. The route will lead past the main towns of: Marracuene, Manhica for ±165Km to a town called Macia (BP on left). At Macia turn right off the main road, travel ± 32km to Bilene.

Paradise within a day

The Road

Take note of the speed limits as they reduce down to 60km/h when passing through villages. Traffic officials use radar as a means of trapping. If traffic officials stop you, be courteous and polite. If you are in the wrong, pay the fine but insist on a receipt. Please be aware that only police in white uniforms are allowed to stop and fine you for traffic violations. Please do not drive after dark as there are a lot of unroadworthy vehicles on the road without lights or reflectors. Pedestrians can also be a problem as most villages are alongside the road. With the increasing number of Mozambicans privately owning cars, traffic volumes in and around Maputo can be horrendous during the city’s rush hours. For peace of mind try and avoid driving through the city during the following periods: 07h00 to 10h00 and 15h00 to 19h00.

To familiarise yourself with all the rules governing driving in Mozambique, please click here.


Fill your car at the border (Komatipoort) or in Swaziland at Siteki. Petrol is cheaper in South Africa and Swaziland. Both unleaded petrol and diesel are available in Maputo, Macia and Bilene. All major petrol stations take cards.

Exchanging of Money

To get the best exchange rate, exchange your Rands at a bank for Meticais or draw from an ATM using your debit or credit card (currently Visa only). This ensures that you get the banks official rate. Please note you can normally only draw 3000 Meticais at a time. Bilene currently has two Banks with ATM’s and most restaurants in Bilene do take Rands and credit cards.

Border Pass Documentation

Golela Border

Normal operating hours are from 07h00 - 22h00 daily. During the Festive Season these hours are extended from 06h00 - 22h00 to cater for passenger vehicles. The border post can be contacted on 034 435 1070 (please phone before leaving).

Namaacha / Lomahasha Border

Normal operating hours are from 07h00 - 22h00 daily. The Mozambique border post (Namaacha) can be contacted on +258 21 960090 and the Swaziland border post (Lomahasha) can be contacted on +268 207 9120 (please phone before leaving).

Komatipoort / Lebombo Border

Normally the Border is open from 06h00 - 00h00. In the Christmas and Easter holidays the border is open 24 hours a day. The border post can be contacted on 013 793 7311 (please phone before leaving).


Nationals of the following countries are exempt from visas when visiting Mozambique for no longer than 30 days: Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All other passport holders require a visa, which is obtainable from the nearest Mozambican Consulate. These must be obtained before leaving for Mozambique as the old visa on arrival process at border posts is no longer permitted (except in extreme cases and this will incur an additional fee to that of the standard visa fee). Mozambican Consulates in South Africa:

Johannesburg: 011 327 2942
Pretoria: 012 401 0300
Durban: 031 304 0200
Cape Town: 021 426 2944

Click here to download a visa application form.

Documentation Required

- Vehicle registration papers - if the vehicle is not registered in your name then obtain a notarised and stamped letter of authorization from the owner of the vehicle to drive and to take the vehicle into Mozambique.
- Financing of vehicle - If your vehicle is still being financed, get a letter from your bank allowing your vehicle to cross the border
- Valid driver's licence - must be carried at all times while driving.
- Third Party Insurance - compulsory (purchase at any AA Autoshop or at the border – valid for 30 days). Cost for insurance is roughly R150.00 per vehicle
and R80.00 for a trailer.
- A set of Warning triangles (does need to be displayed, in case of breakdown or emergency)
- Immigration fee per person – ZAR 12.00 (current price).
- Purchase the compulsory Temporary Import permit for vehicle - ZAR 15.00.
- All South African vehicles must display a ZA sticker, as well as a yellow triangle on a blue background (can be purchased at any AA Autoshop).
- If towing a trailer, you need 2 x yellow & blue Mozambique warning triangle, must be displayed at front of vehicle (on bumper) & rear of trailer.
- Reflective yellow vest must be carried in your vehicle to be worn in the case of a breakdown or emergency.
- Each vehicle to be equipped with a small fire extinguisher.

South African Side

Fill in a 'Vehicle Temporary Export' form, in which you detail your vehicle particulars. List all the main items you are taking through and will be bringing back into SA (i.e. trailers, boats, fishing equipment etc) to prevent any problem upon your return. Keep in mind when detailing your length of your stay in Mozambique there is a daily fine for staying longer than indicated. As a precaution add a few extra days to account for anything unforeseen happening – e.g. vehicle repairs, extended vacations etc.

Mozambican Side

The vehicle particulars and temporary imports form needs to be completed and stamped along with your gate pass. This will cost you around 30 Meticais (+-R10). If you haven't already bought insurance, you can go to one of the insurance agents operating outside the main building. You MUST have insurance. Keep your car registration form, temporary import and insurance forms together. Hand these to the officials should you be stopped at the gate upon exiting.

Travel by Air

Fly to Bilene - Co-ordinates (S25 15.959 E33 14.392) Altitude 159 ft

Although there are no commercial flights to Bilene, chartered or private planes are welcome. Bilene has an airfield with a paved 690 meter runway (01/19) suitable for daylight use in VFR conditions. There is secure parking but no fuel or any navigation aids. There are the usual landing fees, navigation fees, parking fees and passenger taxes to pay in US dollars. Customs and Immigration must be cleared at Maputo. There are currently steps being taken for Bilene to be upgraded to an international airport which will allow for direct flights from SA.

Fly to Maputo

South African Airways
Tel: 0861 FLYSAA (0861 359722) (0861 606 606)
Tel: +27 11 978 5313
Office hours: 06h00 to 22h00 Daily (incl Public Holidays)
Web: South African Airways

Kenya Airlines
Tel: 020-7121072 Airtel: 0734 10 2792-93/81-82
Safaricom: 0711 02 2790-93/81-82
Web: Kenya Airlines
Office hours: Mon-Fri (09h00-18h00) 09h00-15h00 (Sat)

Federal Airlines (incorporating Pelican Air Services) 
Tel: +27 11 395 9000 
Fax: +27 11 395 9010 
Web: Federal Airlines 

Qatar Airways, Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 4449 6666 
Fax: +974 4492 1486 
Office Hours:  07h00 to 23h00 Daily
Online Bookings:  Qatar Airways

LAM (Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique) 
In Mozambique: 
Tel.: + 258 21 468800 
Fax: + 258 21 465809 
Cell: + 258 82 147/ 84 147 
Email: Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique

LAM (Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique) 
in South Africa: 
Tel.: +27 11 622 4889/ 616 2649/ 622 7357 
Web: Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique 

Car Hire from Maputo airport

Europcar Car Rental (Maputo airport)
Tel: + 258 (21) 466 182
Fax: + 258 (21) 497 334
Website: Europcar Car Rental

Avis Car Rental (Maputo airport)
Tel: + 258 (21) 465 497
Fax: + 258 (21) 465 493
Website: Avis Car Rental

Imperial Car Rental
Tel: + 268 146 5250
Fax: + 268 146 5250
Website: Imperial Car Rental