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Düsseldorf, Deutschland
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Staying at Marimba will be a highlight on your holiday. The property ist more than beautiful and has an extraordinary vibe. The evening bonfires are best to end your day with. Living in the mozambiquen bush for at leat 1-2 nights at marimba is a must - even on a backpackers budget. Try the bush walk and the boat trips.... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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100 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Marimba is a unique eco-friendly resort, built and managed in a joint venture with the local community. As it is located practically in the middle of nowhere, it's a fantastic place to just kick back and relax. Sadly we didn't get to meet the managers, but were extremely well taken care of by Victor and the rest of the crew.... More 

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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights after a few nights in Vilanculo. It's a fantastically relaxed place with fantastic staff, accommodation, food and animals! We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves and spent a lot of time with Victor (who was super helpful). We enjoyed some fantastic meals and a very informative nature walk. We can't recommend... More 

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Lilongwe, Malawi
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6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

Absolutely wonderful to stay here. We can't recommend it enough! Creatively built, with all the comforts you need. The staff is very attentive and helpful, the food good and the atmosphere amazing. Waking up to the sound of birds and going to sleep under an enormous star-filled sky, can't get much better than that. We stayed 4 nights but would... More 

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Meilen, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

I spent one week at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 at Marimba and we really loved this place! Amazing location, quiet rooms, charming hosts, great guests, delicious food, sweet activities, intelligent way of involving local communities. Marimba is probably one of the best place I have been to in my numerous travels around the world! I hope... More 

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Milano, Italia
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Reviewed 19 December 2015

We were guests at Marimba just for two nights last August, and we felt immediately like at home. Marimba staff is a lovely family... Marcel picked us up at the airport waiting for us with a big smile, Victor welcomed us warmly too and was really kind. Unfortunately we couldn't meet Isabelle. The location is perfect, you're into the wild...you... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

We stayed at Marimba for 4 nights with a friend. It's a bit far away from the town of Vilanculo (45 minutes by 4x4 drive - transfer organized usually by Marimba), but the thing is there is actually not much at all at Vilanculo itself. So you're much better off staying at Marimba which is a very nice place. Moreover... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

The original booking was just for 2 nights, we decided then to stay a couple of more days, as there is really something magic about Marimba. First of all you feel at home. Marcel is a brilliant host, and with Victor and the entire staff you feel like never leaving the place. Since the pick up at the airport, Victor... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

Spending a few nights here is an absolute must, its a unique experience that shouldn't be missed, a mixture of the African bush, the beautiful coast and islands. Loved the whole concept, Marcel is an amazing host his staff are well trained and couldn't do enough to please. Loved the bush walk with Victor to . The food was excellent,... More 

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Isabelle M, Inhaber at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much! Victor does an awesome job and his bush walks improve more and more - we are very proud of him! Many thanks also for the compliment to the kitchen. It has been passed on! Best, Marcel and Isabelle. More 

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

Mozambique accommodation can be pretty hit or miss - not so at Marimba. I cannot stress enough that if you want to visit Bazuroto and Vilankulos this is quite simply the best place to stay. Marcel and Victor are the perfect hosts. Fresh food, fires, clear skies and good vibes. Boat trips from there were easy. The place is spotless... More 

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Isabelle M, Inhaber at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much for those extraordinarily beautiful words! Offering our guests an unforgettable and enriching experience is one of the sweetest rewards we can get! Take good care and best regards, Marcel, Isabelle and Victor. More 

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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In a peaceful and pristine bay, 25km north of Vilanculos, Marimba Secret Gardens offers comfortable and unique accommodation for individual travelers. Take a time out in pure nature, get to know the traditional Mozambican way of life or discover the Bazaruto Archipelago either by diving, snorkeling or just a day trip.Our restaurant offers a combination of European and African dishes and a big range of cocktails. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Marimba Secret Gardens

Address: Macunhe, Vilanculos 1304, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Price Range: $20 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“Take a torch and be patient if the cell reception and internet connectivity are unpredictable.”
 of 5 bubbles LandiRover, 20 Nov 2014 | Read review
“The rooms have no bathrooms, but there are clean showers and bathrooms close to the rooms. The only thing you need to prepare for is that there is no aircondition in the rooms and the electricity is turned off around 22.30 - then there is not much more to do than going to bed!”
 of 5 bubbles fr_ydisgarmoh, 6 Aug 2014 | Read review
“All of the casitas are basically the same and comfortable but not luxury, but for the price you can't beat it.”
 of 5 bubbles 4Bohemians, 15 May 2013 | Read review
“All the rooms are similar.”
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 of 5 bubbles 13MarisaM, 1 May 2012 | Read review
“The rooms we stayed in had 3 bunk beds that were very nice and had a lot of head room on the bottom bunk. The mosquito nets were well fashioned too.”
 of 5 bubbles TomB654, 18 Apr 2012 | Read review
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