Travel with an awareness of your place in the world. Travel to Mozambique which is at the forefront of many of the challenges that face our planet and enjoy an eco-holiday in a beautiful lodge built in a sustainable manner in partnership with the local community. In season enjoy some of the best marine encounters with whales just off the coast. Explore and learn about the importance and diversity of the coastal forests which straddle between land and sea while staying in a comfortable lodge, creating the holiday of a life-time.
This morning you will fly into the town of Inhambane from where you will be transferred to Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge. This is the perfect place to experience the beauty of the Mozambique coast. Built by hand by the local community the lodge overlooks pristine coastal forest, the sea and the vegetated dunes. After settling in and enjoying a light lunch you can explore the paths that wind through the coastal forest spotting birds and glimpses of the beach beyond. Take a stroll down the deserted sandy white beaches and relax. In the evening savour delicious tropical French style meal made with the freshest locally sourced produce.
The pristine Manhame beach is located 5min walking from your bungalow or your tent. A rocky reef naturally protects swimmers from the “open” sea and, at low tides, creates a natural and ideal swimming pool to snorkel easily around seeing the diverse creatures that can be found in these waters. Have a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or chill out under a sun shade sipping a “refresco”.
From June to October, The Mozambican channel hosts the humpback whale migration. A good number of them chose our bay to reproduce and give birth. It is real unique occasion to watch these incredible giants of the sea. The position of the lodge offers stunning and diverse “watching spots” such as the terrace of your bungalow, the restaurant, one outdoor shower or the tops of the dunes. During the year, together with the ACCM and Zavora Marine Lab, we organise some thematic eco weekends: seashore discovering, humpback whale watching …
Zavora is a worldwide acknowledged diving spot particularly for its wreck and its manta rays. Divers can enjoy the Zavora diving centre. You can reach the place with a 4X4 going all over the wonderful trail or use our transfer options.
Today you can go on a guided walk through the coastal forest to Dongane Lake where you can enjoy a kayaking expedition. Your guide will explain the traditional uses of the plants and tell you what fruits are edible and you can taste. You can also choose to spend some time up the trees on a wooden platform from which you can observe the antics of the vervet monkeys.
Dunes de Dovela have developed strong connections with the local community and you can witness how cassava flour is produced along with the local alcohol “tontonte’. They can show off their skill in climbing the coconut palms to reach the nuts.
On your last morning after breakfast you will be transferred back to the airport for your continued journey.