This luxury beach lodge in Mozambique has 9 lovely double bandas or bungalows which look right onto the beach and sea, nothing but beautiful views from the king size beds and the sound of the waves to distract you from the main activity here – total relaxation.
There’s no running water – it comes from bore holes. And no bathrooms. To shower you stand outside in a walled enclosure under the stars and pull on a rope. The ingenious timber shower contraption delivers a stream of hot water – surprisingly efficient. Toilets? No flushing lavatories here: instead compost loos in a charming bamboo hut up on stilts with views out on to the Indian Ocean. Washbasin? It’s a clay bowl you fill with bottled hot water delivered to your room. Light? Paraffin lanterns. Walls? Traditional African mud-daubed box structures – no concrete, almost no metal. Everything is natural and made by the local people, down to the cushion covers and clay floor tiles. The office runs its computers from a generator – charge your mobile or laptop there. The food is excellent. You can savor wonderful European cuisine with an exotic local twist, fresh, just caught seafood is a favourite. There’s a dive centre, and boating expeditions to the islands opposite. And then there’s 1.3 miles (2 kilometres) of wonderful white sand beach that belongs to the hotel.
The owners of Guludo Beach Lodge and the resident community, work together to bring about sustainability and improve the lives of the local people through the benefits of tourism to this area in the Quirimbas National Park. Every guest is welcomed as a friend. The Quirimbas National Park has a perfect mix of African wilderness and unspoiled coastline. Guests can see a variety of wildlife, including 4 of the Big Five animals; explore gorgeous coral reefs and islands and immerse themselves in the rich culture of this region.
Guludo Beach Lodge is a study in environment friendly architecture, incorporating traditional building styles and use of natural materials. The buildings are airy and spacious with thatched roofs and interesting structures. The decor is colourful and inviting with hand made pottery and romantic hand crafted netting. Guludo has a number of exciting activities on offer for the whole family, including village visits, boat trips, and is the base for your volunteering.
The Quirimbas Islands lie in the Indian Ocean off northeastern Mozambique, close to Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado.
Ways you can help in Quirimbas Archipelago
If you are medically trained, such as a doctor or a nurse, you can put your skills to good use and treat ailing people in villages that lack proper access to healthcare. Be the change.
Education is a key foundation for lifting people out of poverty, and you can roll up your sleeves and leave a legacy by helping build classrooms in a rural village in the stunning Quirimbas Archipelago. You will get plenty of interaction with the villagers, and gain insights into their lives, share stories and smiles.