Mahale Lodge, Guinjata Bay Accommodation, Mozambique

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Mahale Lodge

Mahale Lodge is a Self Catering Lodge in Guinjata Bay, Southern Mozambique

Settle down in the comfort of your Mozambican Casa on the exquisite East Coast of Mozambique and let the Eastern sea breeze cool you down after a sun kissed day under the African sun...

Mahale Resort is situated in Guinjata Bay, on the exquisite East Coast of Mozambique, 30 km south of the city of Inhambane, with an international airport and 485 km by road from Maputo.

Mahale Resort boasts with six luxurious self-catering Casa's, built between native palm trees, with un-spoilt see views from every unit. Each Casa was built with unique features, but all the units have one thing in common - the building materials and furniture are locally manufactured and produced. From the handpicked clay-fired bricks to the exquisite work of the local carpenter. With palm tree woven thatches and marshland reeds. The furniture is carved from locally sourced wood and palm tree leaves. Every item was specifically chosen with a Casa in mind. Mahale captures the authentic craftsmanship of the Mozambican culture.

Accommodation:

Spacious bedrooms all open onto a roofed wooden deck giving easy access to the adjoining living area. All chalets have at least one room with a double bed and single beds in the others, all with mosquito netting for undisturbed sleep, whilst the large volume thatched roof and roof fans keep the bedrooms and living area cool. For your comfort, each room offers its own en suite bathroom with shower and washbasin as well as an enclosed toilet. Furthermore, for the enjoyment of those who prefer soaking in a bath, the three bedroom chalets also offer a bath which naturally comes in handy for children at bath time.

Kitchens are divided in two areas - one for food preparation and a separate wash-up area. Gas/electric stoves, crockery and cutlery, pots and pans, electric kettle and electric fridge/freezer are standard equipment. A large work area, made from indigenous Shamfuta wood, divides the cooking area from the dining/lounge without isolating the cook/s from the other house guests.

Ample space of the combined lounge / dining areas means you never need to feel crowded, especially since these areas open up to a large wooden deck overlooking the ocean. Again the emphasis is on maintaining contact with the sea, from the kitchen through to the living area and deck.

All bedrooms and the indoor living areas connect to the spacious wooden deck overlooking the ocean. This is the ideal place to cook breakfast or dinner on the gas barbeques provided in a true holiday atmosphere. Chances are that this area will become your favourite place for all purposes !

Casa 1 (Sleeps 6):

Beds: 2 Single(s), 2 Double(s)

Mahale's very first Casa! Sleeping arrangements: 3 en suite rooms (6 sleeper). Room 1: double bed & shower. Room 2: two single beds & bath. Room 3: two single beds & shower. Other features include: living room with open plan kitchen and sea-view balcony. Wheelchair friendly. Decor theme: coconuts. Size: 120m2.

  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Kitchen

Casa 2 (Sleeps 6):

Beds: 2 Single(s), 2 Double(s)

Our coconut Casa! Sleeping arrangements: 3 en suite rooms (6 sleeper). Room 1: double bed & shower. Room 2: two single beds & bath. Room 3: two single beds & shower. Other features include: living room with open plan kitchen and sea-view balcony. Decor theme: coconuts. Size: 120m2.

  • Shower
  • Kitchen

Casa 3 (Sleeps 4):

Beds: 2 Single(s), 1 Double(s)

The fisherman's Casa! Sleeping arrangements: 2 en suite rooms (4 sleeper). Room 1: double bed & shower. Room 2: two single beds & shower. Other features include: Living room with open plan kitchen and sea-view balcony. Decor theme: fishes. Size: 115m2.

  • Shower

Casa 4 (Sleeps 4):

Beds: 2 Single(s), 1 Double(s)

A Casa for the romantics! Sleeping arrangements: 2 en suite rooms (4 sleeper). Room 1: double bed & shower. Room 2: two single beds & shower. Other features include: Living room with open plan kitchen and sea-view balcony. Decor theme: pottery. Size: 115m2.

  • Shower

Casa 5 (Sleeps 6):

Beds: 2 Single(s), 2 Double(s)

The beach Casa! Sleeping arrangements: 3 en suite rooms (6 sleeper). Room 1: double bed with shower, bath & double basin. Room 2: two 3/4 beds & shower. Room 3: double bed with double shower & double basin. Other features include: Living room with open plan kitchen and sea-view balcony. Closest to the beach stairs. Decor theme: fishes. Sheltered braai area. Size: 155m2.

Casa 6 (Sleeps 6):

Beds: 2 Single(s), 2 Double(s)

The iconic sea-horse Casa! Sleeping arrangements: 3 en suite rooms (6 sleeper). Room 1: double bed with shower, bath & double basin. Room 2: two 3/4 beds & shower. Room 3: double bed with double shower & double basin. Other features: Living room with open plan kitchen and sea-view balcony. Decor theme: sea horses. Sheltered braai area. Canvas wind shields on the outside deck. Size: 155m2.

What to do:

It is well worth exploring the palm tree dotted area around Mahale, mainly on the coastal stretch with its tropical island feel. However, Guinjata Bay, is best known for its lovely beaches, safe swimming in warm temperate waters as well as for excellent diving spots, frequent whale shark and whale (calving in latter half of the year) sightings and deep sea game fishing.

A five minute walk gets you to relaxed atmosphere restaurants on the beach. Here you can enjoy anything from a scrumptious breakfast to fish, prawns, crayfish, steak, pizzas or even hamburgers and chips while drinks are never in short supply. In high season it is advisable to make bookings, but, otherwise just step in and enjoy. In the same area you will find diving operators with a wide range of activities on offer - scuba diving trips, training courses from resort to advanced PADI, snorkel and sea safaris as well equipment hire. This is definitely the ideal spot to introduce not only yourself, but also your children to the underwater wonder world. Other lodges situated within 400 - 800 meters to the south of Mahale, do daily diving excursions and offer a variety of courses. The area is known for its excellent diving sites (including the renowned Manta Reef).

Shopping:

All other requirements are locally available, either from the well-stocked Taurus supermarket (within walking distance from Mahale) or from the fresh product market, pharmacies and shops in Inhambane and Maxixe. At Taurus supermarket you will find virtually everything - from bread, milk, cheese ,spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks to good meat (from Sparta Beef in South Africa), chicken, cigarettes, toothpaste, mosquito repellent and vegetables. Fresh fish, prawns and crayfish are generally available from local fisherman, just ask the Mahale staff who will gladly assist. Within 2,5km there is a filling station with diesel, petrol and tyre inflation equipment and within 500 m, a supermarket, restaurants, scuba diving and deep sea fishing charter operations can be found.

Inhambane & Area:

Inhambane lies on the eastern bank of a beautiful, shallow lagoon stretching in-land for 25 km. On the western bank is Maxixe, a busy trading town, only 3 km away across the lagoon which can be reached by motorised ferries, traditional dhows or alternative by 60 km tarred road. The area around Inhambane is a scenic, low lying, primarily sandy area with thousands of square kilometres of coconut palm trees. Today Inhambane is the capital city of the province by the same name and has a population of around 70 000 people. Inhambane boasts a large number of Government offices, schools, banks, modern hotel, International Airport and a large number of businesses where one can find just about everything. Businesses include pharmacies, bakeries, general dealers, internet cafes, restaurants as well as liquor and hardware shops amongst others. Not to be missed is the central market (Mercado Central). The coastal resorts at Barra and Tofu (20 kilometres to the east via a tarred road), are well worth a visit.

Getting There:

Mahale resort is situated at Guinjata Bay, on the exquisite East Coast of Mozambique at S 24° 03' 57" and E 35°29'33", 30 km south of the city of Inhambane and 485 km from Maputo.

By Road:

The resort can be easily reached with 4x4 and 2x4 vehicles equipped with a differential lock. A gentle first or second gear with well deflated tyres will get you anywhere on the roads around Mahale. For sedan motors, safe parking can be arranged close by from where you can be transferred to the Mahale.

For visitors from South Africa travelling by road, there are various routes to choose from. Travel time from e.g. Johannesburg can be from 14 hours on good tarred surface to three days for the 4x4 enthusiast wishing to make a tour of it. By far the most popular route is via the Lebombo border post just east of Komatipoort. This route leaves one with two possibilities; one through Maputo on the N4 or via a 90 km dirt road via Moambo and Magude to join the N4 130 km North of Maputo. The Moamba - Magude route is slightly shorter (40 km), but is not suggested for sedan vehicles or for towing boats or trailers, except off-road trailers. Some travellers however prefer this route to avoid the Maputo traffic as well as harassment sometimes experienced by the Maputo traffic officials. A new ring road has since been constructed which avoids the city centre.

Other possibilities include entering Mozambique through border posts at Kosi Bay, Swaziland or through the Kruger National Park via the Ghiriyondo or Pafuri border gates.Except for through Swaziland, these routes are again not suggested for sedan vehicles, both the Kosi Bay and Pafuri options is strictly 4x4 only. Kosi Bay entails a ± 4 hour / 160 km 4x4 sand and gravel road to Maputo from where it is another 7 to 8 hour drive to Mahale. The Ghiriyondo border post is situated 75 km north of Olifants camp in the Kruger Park. From here a 340 km dirt road via Massingir dam, Chokwe and Chibuto leads to the N4 at Chidenguele. Even though the total distance from Ghiriyondo to Mahale is less than 600 km, one can expect around 11 hours traveling time. Unless you are a 4x4 enthusiast wishing to make a tour of getting to Mahale and have another 4x4 for company, we do not suggest the route through Pafuri. The distance from Pafuri Border gate to Mahale is 680 km, but allow two days travelling time for this stretch.

By Air:

The Mozambican National Airline, LAM, operates daily from O R Tambo (Johannesburg) as well as Maputo International Airport to Inhambane. From O R Tambo, normal departure time is 10h45. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the flight is via Vilankulo (2½ hours) whilst on the other days the route is direct to Inhambane (1½ hour). Irrespective of the route, the cost remains the same. Visit www.lam.co.mz for bookings and information.

Private aircraft flights for groups of up to eight passengers can be arranged from Lanseria International Airport. Preferred departure time is between 08h00 and 12h00 depending on passenger preference for a flight lasting 1¾ hour. Return trip costs approximately R50 000 for up to eight passengers. If required, other departure airports near your home may also be possible, feel free to inquire.

Mahale Lodge 2017 / 2018 Rates:*Rates are subject to change without prior notice

From R210 Per Person Sharing:

This calculation is based on Casas 1, 2, 3 & 4 (during low season) when booked at maximum occupancy @ R210 Per Person Sharing. See rates for more information

Low Season

(15 Jan - 28 March; 10 Apr - 22 June; 17 July - 28 Sep; 9 Oct - 30 Nov)

Casas 1 & 2 (Sleeps 6 each): R1260 per unit per night
Casas 3 & 4 (Sleeps 4 each): R840 per unit per night
Casas 5 & 6 (Sleeps 6 each): R3150 per unit per night

Mid Season

(29 March - 9 April; 23 Jun - 16 July; 1 Oct - 8 Oct; 1 Dec - 6 Dec)

Casas 1 & 2 (Sleeps 6 each): R1890 per unit per night
Casas 3 & 4 (Sleeps 4 each): R1260 per unit per night
Casas 5 & 6 (Sleeps 6 each): R3150 per unit per night

High Season

(7 Dec - 7 Jan)

Casas 1 & 2 (Sleeps 6 each): R2625 per unit per night
Casas 3 & 4 (Sleeps 4 each): R1890 per unit per night
Casas 5 & 6 (Sleeps 6 each): R3675 per unit per night

Take note of the following:

  1. Cleaning and laundry services are available upon request
  2. Minimum stay of 10 days or more in December
  3. Discounted rates apply for large group bookings
  4. An extra beds is available upon request
  5. Breakage charges apply, please inform the Mahale staff of incidents

FacilitiesOn-site facilities at Mahale Lodge

All the Casa's offer the following amenities

  • Secured parking conveniently close to your Casa
  • Sea views from every room
  • Large balconies with outdoor gas braaier
  • En-suite bathrooms in every bedroom
  • Mosquito nets (keep in mind Mozambique is a Malaria area)
  • Bedding, washed on a weekly basis by Mahale staff
  • Cooking utensils

Our LocationDirections and Map of Mahale Lodge

Co-ordinates:

-24.065774, 35.492219

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