Nhoxani Lodge, Santa Maria Accommodation, Mozambique

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Nhoxani Lodge

Nhoxani Lodge is a Self Catering Lodge in Santa Maria, Southern Mozambique

Nhoxani, meaning 'Peaceful Place' is a prime water front private housing estate on the bay of Maputo, situated on the magnificent Santa Maria peninsula.

Situated opposite Inhaca Island and facing west, it is sheltered from the north easterly and south easterly winds. The calm water of the bay offers superb mooring facilities for a boat directly in front of sites.

There are six houses built in the front row, with two more coastal sites provided for. The water frontage consists of approximately 430m of indigenous coastal forest and bush, which has been preserved by the founders of the concession. In addition to the front row of houses, there is room for an additional row of houses, placed discretely at generous intervals in the forest, each with spectacular views of the bay and Inhaca Island.

Accommodation:

Braby Lodge (max - 10 ppl) - please note we only rent out a whole villa, not just rooms:

Braby Villa has 4 bedrooms en-suite; a modern kitchen and scullery with extra fridges and freezers; a covered patio incorporating the dining area; beautiful spacious shaded decks; a swimming pool and outdoor lounge, outdoor dining and coffee table seating area under a huge acacia tree; sunken lounge and raised beach braai area. The wooden walkways link all four free-standing bedrooms en-suite to the entertainment area. The house is strategically placed on the water's edge, on one of the awesome front sites on the bay, surrounded by a splendid indigenous forest. The views of Inhaca and the sunsets in late afternoon are magnificent. All rooms have powerful ceiling fans. The house has WIFI, DSTV, and 2 canoes for your enjoyment. We also have an optional extra: 7m Superduck boat with 2 x 85 HP Yamahas, big enough for 10 pax, for trips to Inhaca, Portuguese Island, snorkelling, fishing, waterskiing.

Braby Villa offers 4 sea-facing double bedrooms en-suite, one is a family room with 2 extra singles, and it can sleep a maximum of 10 guests. It has a separate guest loo and a spacious, private outside shower under a beautiful Milkwood tree.

Bedroom 1:

Bedroom 1 has a queen size bed and 2 adult singles. The bathroom has a large shower, double basins, loo and bidet

Bedroom 2:

Bedroom 2 (master) has 2 x 3/4 beds when pushed together serve effectively a extra king-size bed. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, bath, double basins, loo and bidet

Bedroom 3:

Bedroom 3 has 2 adult singles that can be pushed together. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, basin and loo

Bedroom 4:

Bedroom 4 has a queen size bed. The bathroom has a shower, basin, loo and bidet

*All bedrooms are linked to the main area with wooden boardwalks and have powerful ceiling fans.

Facilities:
  • The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary appliances and every accessory you could require. There is a separate spacious scullery with extra fridge and freezer capacity;
  • We have a reverse osmosis pure water system for plenty of excellent drinking water. Abundant ice volumes are made daily in a dedicated freezer.
  • The covered dining room opens onto a spacious deck under a large Acacia Karoo (sweet thorn) and a swimming pool with comfortable bench seating area to soak up some sun rays.
  • There is an outdoor dining area as well. DSTV is available in Bedroom 1, part of which can also be used as a casual TV room/lounge.
  • Boats may be moored safely directly in front of the lodge.
  • A gas trolley braai as well as a charcoal Weber braai are supplied.
  • Guests have the use of 2 double canoes and a windsurfer.
  • A Wifi modem is available, with data consumption for guests account - please enquire.
  • The house is fully serviced daily by 4 staff members. A security guard is stationed at the house for the nights.

Celliers Villa (max - 10 ppl) - please note we only rent out a whole villa, not just rooms:

Celliers Villa has 3 bedrooms en-suite; a large modern kitchen and outside scullery; covered patio incorporating the dining room; and a sunken lounge and braai deck. The beautiful deck with swimming pool is situated in front of the bedrooms and is linked to the entertainment area. There is also a built-in seating area overlooking the pool. The house is strategically placed on one of the front sites on the bay. The views of Inhaca and the sunsets in late afternoon are magnificent.

The house is ideally suited for 6-8 guests in the 3 bedrooms, but can be stretched to 10 if necessary. To achieve this, we can add an extra two single beds to bedroom 1 for a small extra cost per bed. See the rates section for details.

The Celliers villa offers 3 sea facing bedrooms en-suite and can sleep a maximum of 10 guests.

Bedroom 1:

Bedroom 1 has 1 Queen size extra length bed. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, basin and loo

Bedroom 2:

Bedroom 2 has 1 Queen size extra length bed and 1 x 3/4 bed. The en-suite bathroom has a bath, shower, loo and basin

Bedroom 3:

Bedroom 3 has 2 x 3/4 beds and a single. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, basin and loo

Facilities:
  • Bedroom 1 and 2 are air-conditioned and all have ceiling fans. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary appliances. The covered dining room opens onto a spacious deck and plunge pool. A portable charcoal braai is supplied as well as a built-in braai pit on the deck.

The Deck House (max - 10 ppl) - please note we only rent out a whole villa, not just rooms:

The Deck House is self-catering but fully equipped for your enjoyment, supported by 2 staff members and sleeps a maximum of 10, very comfortably. This combined ownership Fraser and Coutinho Villa comes supported with the free use of 21ft Yamaha Boat with House Manager as skipper. This is very nice for exploring southern Inhaca, going snorkelling close by and Santa Maria.

Rooms:

There are 4 bedrooms, 2 of which are double size. All have bathrooms en-suite.

Bedroom 1:

The master bedroom has a King Size Extra Length Bed. The bathroom has a bath, shower, outside shower, basin, loo and bidet.

Bedroom 2:

Has 2 double beds and a child bed. The bathroom has a basin, loo and outside shower.

Bedroom 3:

Has a double bed. The bathroom has a basin, loo and outside shower.

Bedroom 4:

Has 2 double beds. The bathroom has a basin, loo and outside shower.

Facilities:
  • There is a covered dining and lounge area, as well as a generous outdoor living area around the pool deck with extra dining, lounge and social niches. The house lives really well and you are in for a treat!

Activities & Lifestyle:

This unique property offers a playground of outdoor activities.

To mention a few: shore and deep sea fishing, scuba diving, nature trails, day trip excursions to Inhaca and Portuguese Islands, boating in the bay and around the islands, snorkeling, bird watching, whale watching and outings to the Elephant reserve.

The sheer beauty of the property and the fantastic lifestyle have allured friends looking for something unique and almost irreplaceable. The water temperature averages 22-24°C in winter, 25-28°C in summer and is always beautifully clean. The Elephant Reserve, just 27 kms south of Nhoxani is absolutely beautiful. An initiative with the Wildlife Conservation Society by the neighbouring property developer, Machangulo Estate, together with donor funding for a conservation team to be established hopes to initiate the restocking of the wildlife over the next few years. Down the line this Reserve should become a fully fledged game reserve too. Whale season commences in July and runs until early November. The Humpback whales arrive in abundance during this time and provide a wonderful experience for fisherman out on their boats, witnessing breaching and playful activity.

Directions:

DRIVING - 7 to 8 Hour drive from Johannesburg to Maputo and 8 to 9 hours from Durban to Maputo

The bay of Maputo provides visitors with an experience that is so different from a normal holiday's logistics. There are a few different ways to get to Nhoxani, each with its own appeal:

Boating Transfer from Maputo:

This is the quickest option compared to driving if you have your own boat. Obtain your 30 day seaworthy and launch at Maputo Marina, where you can safely park your car and trailer for the duration of your stay at Nhoxani. The bay crossing will take 1 - 1.5 hours depending on the tides and you can boat right up to the house. There is a mooring exclusively available for each Villa. We can supply the contact details for the Port Captain to assist with your paperwork.

If you do not have your own boat but wish to charter for the transfers across the bay, various boats are available for approx. R9,850 for a return crossing, covering arrival and departure transfers. Please advise on details and we will help you book accordingly. The boats we choose are all substantial and capable of taking 10 pax with all their luggage, food and drinks for the week.

Boat Charter Opportunities:

There are a few charter options. These are supplied by independent owner/operators, but we have negotiated costs as best as we can to R9,850 for RSA visitors for a variety of good boats. Price covers both ways for all options.

TRANSFER FROM MAPUTO TO SANTA MARIA to stay in one of the Villas available for rental.
The boat will depart from Maputo Marina or Porto De Pesca, where one can safely park your vehicle and trailer for a small fee. Departure times from Maputo Marina can be anytime from 3 hours before high tide to 3 hours after high tide. Departures from Porto De Pesca are not tide dependant. Transfers can be from first light in the morning until 1¼ hours before sunset. If the tides are low, the charter boats can depart from and arrive at Porto de Pesca, just 1.5kms away from Maputo Marina. The cost of the transfers is around R9,850 or $735 which covers both legs of the arrival and departure bay crossings.

Flying to Maputo is certainly the fastest:

The International airport is efficient. No VISAs are required for SA passport holders. There are four flights per day from JHB to Maputo and return, direct flights to/from Durban on most days and twice a week flights to/from Cape Town. In addition there are direct International flights from Europe twice a week.

  • From Maputo to Nhoxani by helicopter is only a 20 minute flight. Charters are available
  • From Maputo to Inhaca by small plane is only a 15 minute flight plus 30 minute boat transfer. Charters are available
  • From Maputo to Nhoxani by boat is a 1 - 1.5 hours transfer. Charters are available.

The driving option is also popular:

Drive to Maputo, take the Catembe Ferry and drive via Salimanga and the Elephant Reserve. This is a 6 hour journey from Maputo.

The shortest route is Komatiepoort/Boane/Bella Vista, Ele Reserve. The Komatiepoot to Boane road is reported to be in bad shape so this option is not recommended until it has received attention.

Alternative route via Kosi Bay, probably the longest but the better road.

Supplies are plentiful in Maputo:

GAME, SHOPRITE, WOOLWORTHS and many local high quality supermarkets available for every need. Medical facilities are also available if required with private clinics offering excellent support.

Santa Maria:

Only 4 kms from Nhoxani, offers a convenience store and vegetable market. It supplies a variety of dry goods, some fresh produce and most alcohol and soft beverages. A few rustic restaurants and bars offer local cuisine.

Electricity and Water::

Nhoxani uses borehole water and obtains electricity off the national grid via its own transformer.

Nhoxani Lodge 2018 Rates:*Rates are subject to change without prior notice

From R5250 Per Unit:

This calculation is based on the Celliers Villa unit (Sleeps 10) @ R5250 Per Unit = (Equates to approximately R525 per person when booked at maximum occupancy). See rates for more information

Braby Villa

*To secure the whole house (max 10 guests)

Mets and USD rates applicable at current exchange rates

Low Season: From *R5625 per night for 7 night stays
High Season: From *R9500 per night for 7 night stays

Low season:


R5,625/night for bookings = 7 days; R6,975/night for weekends only with a minimum stay of 2 nights; R6,150/night for 3-6 nights

Ideally you should try to share a house with other families so that the price is attractive for 6-10 people.

Due to demand and preference for longer bookings, mostly for at least 7 days by most foreign visitors, we are not able to offer confirmed bookings for only 2 nights, long in advance.

To accommodate Maputo residents who often only wish to visit for a weekend, we are happy to make a provisional reservation, but can only offer confirmation 4 weeks in advance if a booking is only for 2 nights, or 6 weeks in advance if the booking is for 3 nights.

High season:


Easter Holidays we are already fully booked, sorry:

Christmas/New Year weeks: Sorry, we are booked by owners and visitors from 1 Dec 18 12 Jan 19

Low season: We can offer Saturday 13/1/19 onwards at the low season rate from R6,250/night for a 7 night visit.

Optional Extra: if you would like to rent a boat for your stay, we can offer you the exclusive use of a 7m semi-rigid boat, a Superduck with 2x85HP Yamaha engines. It comes with a skipper and may be used to visit anywhere around the peninsula: snorkelling, trips to Portuguese Island or Inhaca, water-skiing, fishing in the bay, sun downer cruises etc. The cost is R2,100/day (until Oct 2018, then R2,250/day thereafter) and will apply for the full duration of your visit. Four tanks of fuel (100 litres) are included per 6 night visit or pro-rata for shorter stays. This adds a comprehensive experience to an already fabulously exciting visit. Equipment such as light weight fishing rods and tackle, water-skis, snorkelling equipment and a shade gazebo are included for use on excursions. Fishing out at sea can also be offered, with a small add-on fee.

Celliers Villa

*To secure the whole house (max 10 guests)

Mets and USD rates applicable at current exchange rates

Low Season: From *R5250 per night for 7 night stays, for 8 guests, plus R250 / extra guest up to 10 pax
High Season: From *R7250 per night for 7 night stays

Low season:


R5,250/night for bookings = 7 days; R6,550/night for weekends only with a minimum stay of 2 days; R5,725/night for 3-6 nights

Ideally you should try to share a house with other families so that the price is attractive for 6-8 people. If you need to stretch the numbers to 10, it is possible to place two extra single beds in bedroom 1 for a small extra fee per bed.

Due to demand and preference for longer bookings, mostly for at least 7 days by most foreign visitors, we are not able to offer confirmed bookings for only 2 nights long in advance.

To accommodate Maputo residents who often only wish to visit for a weekend, we are happy to make a provisional reservation, but can only offer confirmation 4 weeks in advance if a booking is only for 2 nights, or 6 weeks in advance if the booking is for 3 nights.

High season:


Last opportunity available: Saturday 22/12/18 Wednesday 26/12/18, 4 nights available at R9,450/night.

Apart from this, sorry we are fully booked from 5/12/18 6/1/19.

Low season 2019 will commence again from 13/1/19 at R5,625/night.

Please see conditions of reservation and cancellation policy: low season 50% deposit secures; balance 60 days prior; high season 80% deposit secures; balance 60 days prior.

The Deck House

*To secure the whole house (max 10 guests)

Minimum stay of 2 nights, but it comes with these extras and has significant entertainment areas that add a luxury experience.

Mets and USD rates applicable at current exchange rates

Low Season: From *R8000 per night for 7 night stays
High Season: From *R10550 per night for 7 night stays

Minimum stay of 2 nights, comes included with the use of the 21ft Yamaha boat.

Low season:


R8,000/night for bookings = 7 days; R9,750/night for weekends only with a minimum stay of 2 nights; R9,050/night for 3-6 nights

Ideally you should try to share a house with other families so that the price is attractive for 8-10 people.

Due to demand and preference for longer bookings, mostly for at least 7 days by most foreign visitors, we are not able to offer confirmed bookings for only 2 nights long in advance.

To accommodate Maputo residents who often only wish to visit for a weekend, we are happy to make a provisional reservation, but can only offer confirmation 4 weeks in advance if a booking is only for 2 nights, or 6 weeks in advance if the booking is for 3 nights.

High season:


Easter break: booked by the owners and visitors from 25/3 20/5/18, but available before or after.

Christmas/New Year weeks: booked by the owners and visitors from 8/12/18 5/1/19, but available before or after.

Low season 2019 will commence again from 14/1/19 at R8,500/night.

Please see conditions of reservation and cancellation policy.

Conditions:

Prices include local VAT of 17%. Generally a minimum stay of 7 days is suggested from Saturday to Saturday.

Reservations:

High season - 80% deposit secures the booking with the balance payable 60 days prior to arrival.
Low season - 50% deposit secures the booking with the balance payable 60 days prior to arrival.
Any reservation less than 60 days prior to arrival, will require full payment to secure.

Cancellations:

HIGH SEASON reservations:
A refund of 80% of the booking value will apply only for the portion of time for which a replacement booking is secured, regardless of the notice period.

LOW SEASON reservations:
A refund on cancellation of 80% of the booking value will apply if a cancellation is received at least 60 days prior to visit. No refunds on cancellation less than 60 days prior to the commencement of the visit, unless a replacement booking is secured. As can be appreciated, a 20% administration fee on the value of the booking will be retained. For all cancellations, we will endeavour to secure a replacement booking. If we are successful, a refund of 80% will apply for the portion of time for which a replacement booking is secured.

Failure to settle the balance of the tariff, within the stipulated period, allows the Operator to replace the booking. If we are successful, a refund of 80% will apply for the portion of time for which a replacement booking is secured.

Cancellations should be received in writing.

BOAT TRANSFERS:
Should you wish for us to assist with sourcing a charter boat to transfer you and your visitors from Maputo to Santa Maria and return, we will gladly oblige. Once a reservation is made with the service provider on the terms agreed, the above cancellation terms and conditions will also apply to the boat transfer deposits.

TIME DEALYS:
Should visitors not be able to travel on the exact arranged dates and times due to weather, arriving late or any other reason whatsoever, all parties agree to co-operate to try and arrange an earlier or later departure.

At all times, the Operators of Nhoxani Lodge and the Service Providers of transport, will be exempt of any liability relating to such conditions. There will be no refund applicable to a shortened stay or a no show.

*Nhoxani Lodge reserves the right to cancel or postpone a reservation due to circumstances beyond the Operator's control.

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