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Just six minutes by boat from the thriving capital Maputo, Catembe Gallery Hotel offers accommodation, dining and conference/ banqueting facilities.

It is the ideal place for a total relaxing experience, offering guests a note of sophistication and comfort in a unique rural African village atmosphere. It is the ideal place to spend a day on the beach.

Also has a Conference Room with break away rooms and an amphitheatre for up to 400 people, hosting concerts, dance and exhibitions.

Catembe Gallery Hotel has five luxury rooms that are individually decorated by leading Mozambican artists. All rooms face the Indian Ocean and have panoramic views of the Maputo skyline.

As you enter your room, you will be amazed by the view from your private balcony, as well as the original African artwork displayed for your appreciation.

All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi. For the traveling corporate two rooms have been equipped with a separate desk/work area.

For those who prefer a real home away from home, there are two penthouses that are ideal for larger groups, families or longer-term stays. They are fully equipped and serviced, so that you have the choice of self-catering or using the hotel facilities

We are proud to continue the long-standing Portuguese tradition of dining on prawns, the freshest seafood delicacies and Indian Ocean cuisine. For Sunday brunch, our chef will also tempt you with the best traditional Mozambican dishes.

The bar is a perfect antidote to the stress of city life and invitation to let your thoughts float away on an exotic journey along the shores of East Africa.

We pack picnic baskets for your excursions or boating trips. And why not prepare food yourself at our outdoor braai while you enjoy a sundowner from the pool bar.

Catembe Gallery Hotel makes it own fresh cheeses from Buffalo milk, from a local herd nearby the hotel. All our pastas are freshly made. Our kitchen team has local cooks under supervision of our international Italian chef.


Most of our guests enjoy the opportunity to relax by the pool or stroll on the beach.

However, Catembe is also an opportunity to discover a world of fascinating contrasts and natural beauty to the rhythm of the authentic village lifestyle.

Attractions include hiking trails, birding trails and quad bike trails with local guides.

We will be happy to arrange boating trips for game fishing, diving or snorkeling or a picnic on a deserted beach on Inhaca and Portuguese islands.

Catembe is the perfect base from which to explore the near-by Maputo Elephant Reserve that is famed for its bird life and elephants slated as a potential Natural World Heritage Site.

Catembe Gallery Hotel is a gateway to the reknown game and nature reserves of Swaziland and KwaZulu Natal (South Africa), including the future Maputaland transfrontier conservation area.

During season from November to January, the loggerhead and leatherback turtles return from the ocean to the beach in the Elephant Reserve to lay about 150 eggs. We leave around 16.30 return midnight (stay at Catembe Gallery Hotel).

Cancellation Policy:

Catembe Gallery Hotel levies a 7% administration fee on any refunds processed. Should refunds to a SWIFT bank account be required, an additional USD 30.00 charge will be levied.
Cancellations 0 to 14 days prior - forfeit 100% of payment.
Cancellations 14 to 28 days prior - forfeit 50% of payment.
Cancellations over 28 days prior - forfeit 25% of payment.

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Latest Reviews

We stayed at the Catembe Hotel in December 2011 and had a memorable stay! It is perfect with children. Parents can have a drink on the terrace while the children are playing in the pool. It the same time it is a very romantic place with nice view on the sea and illuminated Maputo at night!! Staff is friendly, rooms are clean, the ferry to get there is a nice adventure and bring you easily to/from downtown. The compact rooms are a little small but if you are on a budget it is a good price for the quality and amazing view and location.
Anouk Malboeuf Jul 2011
Catembe Gallery Hotel is a great place to stay when you want to visit Maputo but still looking for calm. Service was great, perfect setting for family (pool, jungle gym). It is a good value for the money and the ferry trip to get there is fun! The only negative point are that rooms we had were a little small and aircon not really working. But they were very helpful and we ended up in a great room.
Anouk Malboeuf Jan 2011
I dealt with several employees by telephone prior to the group visit, all of whom were incredibly polite, professional and helpful. And the group was very happy with their stay at Catembe - thank you!
Ubulembu Safaris May 2009
I found the general conditions of the hotel to be very relaxing and well presented, the location on the beach is perfect

Two things that were an inconvenience:
1. The ferry has a curfew, so we could not spend as much time out as we wanted to, we had to always worry about not missing it and having to do the long drive around.
2. On Friday the 10th we got back to the hotel just before 11pm and found the main entrance locked with no one on site to open for us, we just got lucky because one of the customers in the hotel had stayed up reading and heard our frantic knocks, else we would have slept in the car?
Mpho Netsianda Apr 2009


From South Africa by N4 Toll Road Swaziland: Pass second tollgate, arrive at first circle, take right (third road) which will take you downtown (Baixa).
Follow that road to 25 de Setembro.
Get to 3rd traffic light with highest building on left with mCell publicity, take right, follow road to the left and you will see the jetty to Catembe (next to Ministry of Finance)

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