The Gaza Province is dominated by strings of inland lakes and nowhere are they more beautiful than at Bilene. This peaceful town, known as San Martino in the days of Portuguese Mocambique, is situated on a hill overlooking the sprawling waters of the Uembje Lagoon which is a huge stretch of water, about 8km wide and 27km long and reaching depths of 50 meters. The shores are shallow and are ringed by beautiful white sandy beaches with rolling sand dunes and tropical lush vegetation.
town of Bilenehas a small but colourful local market. Fresh produce and a variety of foodstuffs can be purchased from the locals. Brightly coloured capalanas (sarongs) and locally made clothes swing from the stores. The curio sellers hawk their wooden wares and the ever present cashew nut sellers are in abundance. At the back of the market, you can find the locally caught fish from the lagoon – normally small garoupa, as well as crabs and prawns.
There is a variety of different
accommodation in Praia do Bilene, ranging from campsites, self-catering and Resorts. Most of the establishments 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!
The Lagoon lends itself to 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 and depending on the season you can see whales and turtles in the Ocean.
There are 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.
Praia do Bilene is an idyllic spot to get away from the stresses of the city. A perfect place to relax and unwind, with no 4x4 necessary to get there, it makes it easily accessible and is only 3 hours from Komatiepoort, and when you get to Bilene, there is always a Cold Beer and a Warm Welcome waiting for you at Bilene...
Boa vinda a Bilene! Welcome to the beautiful town of Bilene Mozambique.