Xai Xai

The capital of Gaza Province on the Limpopo River 220 kilometres north of Maputo, Xai Xai (pronounced ‘Shai Shai’) is a picturesque Mozambique holiday destination attracting tourists to its exquisite beaches, natural environment and wonderful water sports.

Visitors to Xai Xai can buy basic necessities at markets, shops, petrol stations as well as banks and internet cafes. The beach town, Praia de Xai Xai, is 10 kilometres from Xai Xai town and is the main area where holidaymakers set up camp for days at a time at rustic Mozambique Accommodation establishments where sea views dominate and beach holidays on the agenda.

From camping close to nature and comfortable chalets to lodges with swimming pools, Xai Xai has it all for tourists who want to spend their days outside. Most self-catering accommodation features fully equipped kitchens and braai areas. Fantastic weather all year round is a huge draw-card, as is the warm Indian Ocean and the choice of activities on offer at this Mozambique beach holiday area.

Try eating out at some of the bars and restaurants where chefs will conjure up mouth-watering dishes of fresh seafood and spicy local foods.

Xai Xai offers an affordable and fun holiday for families and groups of friends. Swim with the gentle giants, whale sharks, surf the tides and walk for miles up the long white beaches. Visit the Wenela tidal pool which is linked to the sea by a natural tunnel and blow hole. Or take a deep sea fishing charter to hook that Big One. Jet skiing and quad biking excursions can also be arranged in this tropical paradise.

Spend days working on your tan, relaxing in hammocks, picking coconuts, bartering for fresh avocados, body surfing or snorkelling in the clear lagoon. Find the inner you when you stay at this beach. Try snorkelling along the reef that runs parallel to the shore for a great underwater experience.

Reef Resort View

The main attraction for tourists is the beach and local markets. This is a holiday destination for tourists seeking to do very little.

From: R 2000 per unit per night
Sunset Beach Lodge Deck

This earthy Mozambique Accommodation is all self-catering with a range of different sized chalets to suit any family size, plus a lovely campsite.

From : R 300 per person per night
Xai Xai Eco Estate Sea View

Each house at Mozambique’s Xai Xai Eco Estate is privately owned and each owner has individually decorated each house with style and comfort. This Mozambique Holiday Resort is a diving, snorkelling and fishing Mecca where adventure takes first place! Xai Xai Eco Estate is situated on a 12 hectare property on the beachfront with 300 […]

Zona Braza Beach Lodge Pool View

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Flights to Xai Xai
There are no flights to Xai Xai – no commercial airport. Nearest airport Maputo

Driving to Xai Xai

  • There is now a good tar road all the way into Maputo from the South African Border at Komatipoort, there is a toll half way between the border and Maputo.
  • Just keep on the EN4 until you arrive on the outskirts of Maputo where there EN4 takes one left turn,
  • Follow the EN4 around the outskirts of Maputo city until the next toll station.
  • Go through the toll and take the next road off to the left – signed ‘Xai Xai EN1′, this is the main road north.
  • The EN1 continues to wends its way around Maputo at all robots, lights, junctions, circles and roundabouts keep straight on – stay on the EN1 all the way until you reach Xai Xai
  • Just before Xai Xai you will cross the Limpopo river over a toll bridge, but you only pay the toll when you go south over the bridge !
  • Xai Xai Beach – praia de Xai Xai is accessed from a turning just north of the town
GPS coordinates for Xai Xai
-25.050097, 33.650423 View Map