Zombie Cucumber


The Hostelz.com Review

Vilanculos is a drop-off point for many travelers on their way along the Mozambican coast and is the launch point for trips to the Bazaruto Peninsula just offshore; Zombie Cucumber can help with these trips, while offering a range of accommodations from dorms to mid-range rooms.

The Location

Set about fifty meters back from the beach, Zombie Cucumber is a well-signposted, fifteen-minute walk from the center of town. It is located in a picturesque garden and is part of a small complex that also houses another accommodation.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Four A-frame chalets, plus a fan-cooled, fourteen-bed dorm (all bunks), make up the inventory for the Zombie Cucumber. Set in well-tended gardens, the rooms are very clean and nicely decorated, and all beds come with much needed mosquito nets. The dorm is an open-sided, gazebo affair with the beds arranged in a circle. The mattresses are fine and the open sides allow in the sea breeze, as it can get hot and sticky here. There could be a few more power points here; there are just two for the fourteen beds, but there are few on the property in general. Each bunk has a bedside table or wicker shelves for unpacked luggage, but no lockers. The common toilets and showers are also very clean, and dorm guests are required to use their own towels and soap. The hot shower is really hot and there's a great stream of water.

Common Spaces

There is a small bar/restaurant by the pool, serving quite a range of food, including pizzas, at slightly high prices for a budget crowd. There are plenty of chairs and tables around the pool, plus some lilos, but again, there are no power points except the ones behind the bar. Also, a gazebo in the center of the garden, which used to be the reception, has wicker chairs, a noticeboard, bookshelves, and a dartboard. Free Wi-Fi is offered as the signal just about reaches the dorm at the bottom of the garden. One concern in the dorm, is that there is no security during the day and the dorm is an open gazebo near the gate, so valuables should be left at reception.


This French- and Belgian-owned hostel is a very good value and possibly generates a good atmosphere as everything conducive to that is here. When we stayed here, we were the only guests, but it was off-season. This place has a wonderful shower (the best we've had in a while) and a very pleasant garden in which to spend time.
by Londonroad
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Front Gate
Bar/Restaurant & Reception
Swimming Pool
Sitting Area
Garden Art
Common Toilet Block


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Zombie Cucumber" at Vilanculos Waterfront.)


Vilanculos Waterfront, Vilanculos, Inhambane, Mozambique
-21.991442, 35.319672 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+.258 82804 9410 or +258 84686 9870
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

This place is simply amazing -- clean, comfortable, and friendly. Sabrina's food is absolutely delicious! Nice atmosphere, great people, lovely setting, what else do you want?! You can approach Sabrina or Dennis to schedule your dives with Odyssea, which is also excellent. Just go and try it, I can't think of a better place to stay in Vilanculo!
Sophie & Jef
The name is a bit odd, but the place is great. We stayed for three nights and were very happy with our stay. It is right off the beach and not too far from the bus depot. The staff were great as well. The owners were a British couple who seemed a bit distant, but were friendly when approached and could answer all our questions with ease, they also seemed to know everyone in town. They had nice rooms, a well put-together camp with a swimming pool, a bar, and restaurant that became the social meeting stop at night. If I ever come back, I would stay there again.
  After spending three pleasant weeks in Mozambique with very nice people everywhere that we went it was very disappointing to come across such a hostile environment. The setting is absolutely lovely but the manager and bar staff were exceptionally rude and charged us twice. There was no way to prevent this as the first time we paid, they did not give us a receipt and so when they demanded that we pay a second time we had no proof that we had already paid. Stay away from zombie cucumber, there are two other beautiful backpackers in Vilanculos!
  I spent Christmas in 2004 here and it was fantastic. we were treated amazingly and the food was incredible. i had the best time! the beach is fantastic and the people are all lovely! it's a must -- just try it!
  You will enjoy it. Just go!!!
Arnaud Berken
  This place has the best food, best accommodation, and the best company in Mozambique! I made friends for life, and stayed for two weeks instead of two days as planned!
Pieter and Melanie
  This is the best backpackers I have stayed in!! There's a great couple running the place, it's very friendly, has amazing food, and was exceptionally clean. This place has everything you might need — plus Molly!!!
  Fantastic place. It was exceptionally clean, welcoming, and had first-rate food--huge meals at reasonable rates. We loved it and will be back one day.
Shirley & Mike

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