Previously known as Sao Martinho, Bilene is a peaceful holiday town 180km north of Maputo. The Bilene lagoon is a huge stretch of water, about 2km wide and 14km long, reaching depths of 30 metres. The shores are shallow and are ringed by beautiful white sandy beaches with rolling sand dunes and lush tropical vegetation. Across the Lagoon, about 8 kilometers away from Bilene, at the opposite and upper side of the lagoon lies the beautiful and tranquil village of Nhabanga. This remoteness adds to the attraction of the area. Serenity is situated close to Nhabanga, an idyllic spot to get away from the stresses of the city. A perfect place to relax and unwind
GPS Co-ordinates: S25 15’42.11” E33 20’5.49” From Gauteng, take the N4 to Komatipoort. Exit R.S.A through Lebombo border post at Komatipoort. Continue for approx. 90km. to Maputo At Maputo, follow the EN1, Xai-Xai signs. From Maputo, travel on EN1 for approx. 150km to the town of Macia. In Macia, turn right at the “Praia do Bilene” sign.(Opposite the Bp Garage) Continue for approx. 32km to the town of Bilene. In Bilene, at the first circle, take the second left in front of the hotel and continue until you reach a Tjunction. Turn left and continue to the next T-junction which is the beach road.(Do not take the first and only left hand turnoff). Turn left again and drive past the market. Just past the market, look out for Chin-Chin restaurant and BIM bank. Between these two buildings, on your left, is a sand road with various signs to Nhabanga Village and Serenity. Follow this sand road for approx. 23km.There are various turn-offs, but keep on following the signs to Nhabanga e.g.Serenity,Villa Nhabanga, Nhabanga Paradise etc. When entering Nhabanga Village, continue straight to the beach, past Lourenco’s bar. When getting to the beach, turn left and continue on the beach for approx. 2km, past Villa Nhabanga, until you get to the Serenity sign on the beach. When the lagoon is high it will be impossible to follow the beach road.In that case turn left at Lourenco’s Bar and continue straight and exit the village.Follow the sand road up the hill, at the top of the hill turn right and descend the hill towards the lagoon.Follow the sand road down to the beach and turn left on the beach.Travel approx. 150m to Serenity entrance on the beach. If travelling at night, look out for the lighted sign board and a blue light on the beach at the entrance. It is advisable to stick to the speed limit in Mozambique as spot fines get issued. Also adhere to the new requirement for reflective vests, large triangles etc. Remember the papers for your vehicle and trailer.! The sand track from Bilene has some deep sandy patches, and a 4 x 4 is preferred, alternatively a vehicle with high ground clearance, tyres deflated to 1Bar and a driver skilful in sand driving! At the difficult sandy patches, there are normally some sort of “chicken route” which is better to follow especially if towing a boat or trailer. When the lagoon is low, there are various shorter routes to Bilene, all involving beach driving. Keep in mind that beach driving is an offence and is policed with a fine up to R1500-00.