Bazaruto and the south coast, Mozambique
At a Glance
Remote and total unspoiled beauty
Wander around Ilha de Mozambique and learn about the history and culture
Snorkel in the lagoon
Dive totally untouched reefs
Head to the local market with the chef to choose vegetables
Enjoy a cool night's sleep in amazing air conditioned beds
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Throughout the year daytime temperatures are between 28 and 33°C at Coral Lodge. In June, July and August (the local winter months) the daytime temperatures maybe a little bit cooler. In northern Mozambique, where Coral Lodge 15.41 is situated, the rainy season generally lasts from January to March. The best time to visit Coral Lodge 15.41 weather-wise is, therefore, from April to June and September to December.
Coral Lodge 15.41 occupies a superb position on the Mozambique coastline, with access to a vast stretch of pristine white sand beach. The ten beautifully-appointed villas all have wonderful views of this incredibly unspoiled and remote location.
Coral Lodge 15.41 is a unique property in Mozambique, located close to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ilha de Mozambique, a fascinating town full of wonderful crumbling buildings and interesting colonial culture.
Coral is the only luxury lodge in the area - it is a modern, African-style beach resort, which offers the latest in luxury and comfort while maintaining that authentic feel of Mozambican pureness. The resort’s design incorporates the colors of its environment using wood and brightly-colored textures. These natural materials make the resort blend in perfectly with the surroundings.
Five villas have a direct ocean view, situated on top of the dunes overlooking the beach. The other five are more secluded and have a view over the mangrove forest and Ilha de Moçambique. The villas have been designed by Edward van Vliet using a mixture of African and modern designs. Each has its own private lounge area, large bed and en-suite bathroom with both a bath and a shower. There is a large deck area, perfect for sundowners and relaxing. In two of the villas an extra bedroom is included for two children or an extra adult. The extra bedroom has its own separate loo and basin.
Guests at Coral Lodge 15.41 can enjoy a wide range of activities during their stay. Relax and simply enjoy the resort, the beach and the water sports or explore Mozambique's rich history and the culture of the Macua people. Watersports include diving, snorkeling, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and whale watching between August and October.
Ten minutes away is llha de Moçambique, the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Mozambique and one of the few on the African continent. A local guide is on hand to share his knowledge of the fascinating history and stories of the area. Also on offer is the opportunity to join the chef on his visit to the local market and then learn to cook his favorite Mozambican dishes back at the lodge.
Coral Lodge 15.41 has seven spacious villas. For optimal privacy and relaxation the living space includes informal sitting areas, a bedroom, a bathroom and a big terrace. In two of the villas an extra bedroom is included for two children or an extra adult. The extra bedroom has his own separate toilet and basin. Five villas have direct ocean view situated on top of the dunes at the boarder of the beach. The other five villas also situated on top of the dunes, are more secluded and have direct view on the mangrove forest and Ilha de Mocambique.
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The Coral Lodge bungalows have large king size beds, with sophisticated over-bed a/c systems. Each is en-suite with a bath and shower.
Each bungalow has access down to the beach, half are located on the ocean side of the peninsular, the other half on the lagoon side. Each room has a large living area, if needed this can be used as an extra bedroom.
There are two family rooms at Coral Lodge. One is located on the ocean side of the peninsular, the other on the lagoon side. They are the same size as the normal bungalows, however, the rooms have been divided to create a second bedroom with either bunk beds or twins.
There are no specific child care facilities available at Coral Lodge 15.41, however, children of all ages are welcome and an English speaking nanny is available for babysitting or child minding. Food and meal times can be adjusted to suit younger guests.
The lounge bar and restaurant, The Reef, is situated at the very tip of the peninsula. The building is an open wooden structure with a high thatched roof that can accommodate in and outdoor dining. There is a large salt-water infinity pool, with views over the ocean and lagoon, and a spa with a range of treatments for guests to indulge in.
The Coral Lodge 15.41 dive center is stocked with top quality Scubapro diving equipment.
Professional dive masters are on hand to help you explore the reefs just off the coast.
The reefs of the area have both hard and soft corals, and countless species of small fish. Larger open ocean predators are attracted to the reefs often resulting in spectacular underwater sightings of dolphins or game fish. An important but dangerous trading route, due to the treacherous sandbars, reefs and tropical storms, the coast of Mozambique is home to numerous shipwrecks. Some 17th century Portuguese vessels lie off the coast from Coral Lodge and it is possible to find many pieces of broken Chinese porcelain, trading beads, canons and old Portuguese coins.
For those preferring to stay on the surface, the lagoon offers good snorkeling. As the tide runs out many small fish are trapped in the water of the lagoon creating a temporary colorful aquarium.
Between August and October whales migrate along the Mozambican Coast, moving away from the cold southern seas to breed in the warm Indian Ocean. It is often possible to see whales breaching from the beach. Ask the lodge to pack you a picnic lunch to take with you as you explore the area looking for the ultimate whale watching spot.
Enjoy a trip on the lodge's dhow; head out for a sunset cruise or take some rods and try to catch dinner in the prolific fishing spots close by.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
Coral Lodge is a great option, whether you are traveling as a couple, group of friends or family there is something for you here. You will make the most out of a visit here if you are after a relaxing time but with the option to have a bit of variation in your vacation. There are a couple of good dive spots, Ihla de Goya wreck is probably the best, you can see lots of fish in the little lagoon, although it can be a bit murky depending on the tide. Bart and Alex, the owners, have invested a huge amount of time into the local community: spend an afternoon heading into the little villages to find out more of the local area. As you will have noticed from your arrival, Ihla de Mocambique is only a 20 minute drive away, a good English speaking guide (James) is easily arranged to take you on a tour. The sea here is tidal, and at low tide recedes about half a mile, so make the most of it at high tide if youd like to swim. Alternatively theres a large saltwater swimming pool, raised above the beach, its a nice spot to relax. The staff at Coral Lodge are great, always on hand to help, and actively assisting to make everything about your stay easier, interesting, and above all, relaxing. All of our meals were delicious!!
Louisa Verney (Staff)
On arrival in Nampula we drove to eve more remote Mozambican countryside dotted with baobab trees and villages where children waited by the road sells roast cashew nuts. It was fantastic to arrive by boat from Ilha de Mozambique into Coral Lodge. The thatched cottages are set along either a pristine white beach or next to a lagoon which is brimming with fish, and great to go for a snorkel in. The cottage are all vast airy and very well appointed. They have installed a fantastic over the bed air conditioning system so you can still hear the sound of the ocean through the doors while the humidity is taken out of the air.
Coral Lodge is the perfect place to do a much as little as you like. The staff are very good at arranging little surprises such as they set up a delicious lunch on the beach for us. The area around Coral Lodge is also brimming with history - Vasco de Gamma is said to have landed at the nearby village and met a local who said his name was Mozambique, which Ilha de Mozambique and then the country took its name from.
I would also highly recommend spending a morning exploring Ilha de Mozambique which is a wonderfully dilapidated, crumbling and charming island which feels like somewhere time has forgotten since the Portuguese left in 1975. Wander around the streets, with your guide James and visit the museum still full of antiques from when the last governor left and I would also recommend a visit the 'hospital' which time has forgotten.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
Newly opened in May 2010, I was the first guest to stay there. Normally the first few guests to stay in any newly opened hotel experience slight mixed service and general concern that the smoothness in the operation of the hotel might not be up to scratch. What I received was nothing short of immaculate. The rooms were gorgeous, the beds are amazing (they have some incredible invention to air condition your bed while you sleep!), all the rooms have large decks with sun loungers and dining tables so you can eat your meals in the privacy of your room if you wanted. The food is absolutely superb, I could not believe what they could produce in what seemed the most remote spot in Africa!
The owners are the most charming couple who bend over backwards to make sure you are comfortable and happy. They have a small child themselves, so there is an English speaking nanny there and they welcome families to visit.
Half of the rooms are on the beachfront and half of the rooms overlook the lagoon area and Ilha de Mozambique beyond. I could not decide which I preferred and thought both options were lovely. The 2 2-bedroom suites are ideal for families.
The lagoon is a great place to learn to dive or take a kayak down to explore in the mangroves. Other activities in the area include amazing diving to some of the most remote and unspoiled reefs, fantastic snorkeling, local dhow sailing, trips to nearby islands for picnics and day trips. Ilha de Mozambique has to be the real highlight though, it is an absolutely fascinating town full of crumbling architecture and interesting history. Every building and monument seems to have a story - it is well worth a visit.
Coral Lodge is not the easiest place to get to, but that really is part of the charm and joy of the place and it worth every minute when you get there!
It is a completely unspoiled and remote part of Mozambique, totally untouched, it is so much more than a beach property and offers a fascinating insight into Mozambique.
Location & directions
Bazaruto and the south coast, Mozambique
The exact coordinates for Coral Lodge 15.41 are part of the name, i.e. 15 degrees south latitude and 41 degrees east longitude . In other words: we are located in the north of Mozambique. The area around us is called Varanda, a privately-owned nature reserve with dunes, beaches and mangroves. Varanda lies at the tip of a peninsula and is only a short distance from Ilha de Moçambique (Mozambique Island), the former capital of Mozambique.
How to get there
To get to Coral Lodge 15.41 you can fly to Pemba (400 km from the Lodge) from where you will be pick you up in a 4x4 car for a 5-hour 30-minute drive to the lodge. Alternatives guests can fly via Nairobi to Nampula (175 km from Coral Lodge 15.41) followed by a 2-hour drive in a 4x4 car to the lodge. Or fly to the airstrip of Lumbo 13 km from the lodge, you will be pick you up for a 10-minute boat ride or 1-hour drive with a 4x4 car to the lodge.