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.
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.
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.
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