Welcome to the House of the Rising Sun - Your Happy Place! Situated on the edge of the peaceful Guinjata bay, just 20km south of Inhambane, Mozambique, this self catering beach villa boasts magnificent sea views from two rooms and a sunny deck.
Enjoy lazy days out on the deck and breezy evenings at the built-in braai area, all overlooking the clear blue ocean.
Perfect for families, groups or couples with tailor made packages to suit your requirements.
There is a large range of activities on offer. If you love the ocean then you will be in for a treat. Some activities are only available at specific times of the year and require the use of third party operators.
Laid-back leisure is what House of the Rising Sun is all about. Guests have the option of doing everything or nothing at all. On the beach guests can enjoy diving, snorkeling, fishing, canoeing and surfing. For the adventurous, enjoy sea safaris and tours by the locals, exploring the surrounding towns of Jangamo.
Contact us before your trip for assistance in planning your activities.
We've gone about collecting some of our most favourite activities. These are activities that we have actually done and enjoyed ourselves and personally recommend you try these out! From sea safaris to diving with the Manta Rays, to snorkeling with the whole family and a deep sea fishing trip to top it all off.
We might make it sound perfect ... but that because it is!
Make this holiday about you, experience everything and most of all have FUN!
The warm waters of the Mozambican coastline offer some excellent scuba diving opportunities where you can view a variety of sea life including turtles, reef fish and even bigger game fish, including the gorgeous Manta Rays. There are two very reputable dive centers located just a beach walk away. Get in touch we will connect you.
Experience exceptional deep sea fishing with one of the local operators. Game fish are caught throughout the year with the most popular species being yellow fin tuna, wahoo, king mackerel, queen mackerel and dorado. For the hardcore fishermen, marlin and sailfish are best fished between October and January. Join the annual Guinjata Bay Fishing Comp every June.
One of the most awesome activities to do in Mozambique is to dive, but that is not always a "family activity" but snorkeling offers a gorgeous under water experience. Mozambique is a snorkeling paradise, so pack your mask and flippers. We found that the best place to snorkel was Paindane, which is approximately 5km from our house and a 20 minute drive.
Go on a sea safari of the nearby reefs and explore the warm Indian Ocean alongside the resident dolphins. Be on the lookout for tropical fish, turtles and whale sharks too. Between May and December, watch Humpback whales passby while you enjoy breakfast on the deck. In May the whales are moving north to their breeding grounds and from September they head south for the nutrient rich waters of Antarctica.
Try your hand canoeing or kayaking in the ocean. If you are lucky, you might even get to share a wave with one of the bottlenose dolphins that frequents the area. With a wide coastline to explore, how better to do this than in a canoe or kayak? For the avid fisherman, the kayaks also provide an opportunity to do some light tackle fishing trawling behind the backline.
Mozambique has become a popular country for surfers to explore and chase big swells. The best time to enjoy warm waters and uncrowded surf is from February through to October, with the bigger swells coming in June and August. If you're visiting us during December, this is the best time for your little ones to enjoy the waves!
Enjoy a truly authentic Mozambican experience at Pansy Island. The island only appears during low tide and is named after the famous Pansy shells, which can be found all over the island. Take a traditional dhow to the island with the locals, and explore the beaches in search of the delicate pansy shell and explore the crystal clear waters where you'll find micro marine life and starfish colonies. Pack your snokeling kit for this!
At low tide the beach presents the perfect surface for a relaxing ride along the water's edge with fat bikes. There are kilometers of beach on your doorstep that can be explored without possibly seeing another human being. We don't know of any companies renting out bikes, so you would need to bring your own, but it is definitely worth it.
Support the locals and take an enjoyable sundowner dhow trip around the bay departing from Inhambane. It's a great way to experience the silence of the ocean, with just the wind behind you and the sun on your face. There is nothing like watching the red African sun disappear over the horizon with your favourite drink in hand. Get in touch with us for details of this experience.
The warm Indian Ocean offers the ideal playground for one the most exhilarating water sports on earth. The north east wind that prevails between July and November each year seldom disappoints. Get your adrenaline pumping in the waves directly in front of the villa or enjoy the calmer flat water of Guinjata Bay (own equipment required).
Our personal best activitiy! It has been past down from generation to generation in our very own family. Get down onto the beach when its dark (take bright torches), one person shines the torch and carries the bucket, the other people take sand in their hands and chase after the crabs, while the torch bearer follows the crab with the light. You throw the sand on top of the crab, to basically pin it down and dust the sand off the top of the crab to reveal its body, grip the crab and put him in the bucket.
Note: this is a catch and release fun activity. We always let the crabs go at the end of a fun evening... no harm done
With your fishing rod in one hand and a bit of luck on your side, fish from the beach directly in front of the villa. Local passers-by will be more than happy to share some of their tricks and tactics of catching in the area that have been passed down from generation to generation. On calmer days, you can take a walk to the rock-pool area in the bay itself and fish from this jutting structure.
Food glorious food! Besides the villa having a well equipped kitchen and you being able to to prep all those amazing meals; you also deserve a couple of nights off.
So go on, get out there and enjoy a meal prepared just the way you like it! And then take a walk along the beach back "home" to the villa.
We've had loads of fun checking out all the yummy places to eat within walking distance of the villa as well as in the sleepy town of Inhambane, just 30km from the villa.
Seafood is obviously a major request at all beachside restaurants and we recommend you definitely try out the fresh stuff.
Just a small note, December is not the best time for prawns, so it is often short this time of year.
If seafood is not your taste, make sure you try out the Portuguese Chicken dishes, they are amazing.
Enjoy the finest of Portuguese cuisine and seafood. With a well-stocked bar this is a great place to meet new people from around the world and share your experiences. There is also a television at the bar, allowing you to keep on track with recent sporting events. In all our years of visiting Mozambique this is still one of our favourites.
Cowries Restaurant & Bar, is just a short beach walk away from our villa. This family restaurant offers great food and friendly service with a casual and relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant & bar is conveniently situated in the centre of the bay with perfect views. Cowries is normally very busy, so make sure that you book a table. Their seafood is really yummy!
The Safety Stop located within the Guinjata Dive Centre in the cosy corner of the bay is one of our favourite restaurants. An awesome stop for a good coffee at the end of a long beach walk early morning, or even a good size breakfast. Lunch and dinner are always a hit here with delicious seafood, steaks, ribs and of course Portuguese chicken. The ambience is one of beach living with sand between your toes as you enjoy the social atmosphere, Mozambique style all the way.
Bistro O Pescador is situated in the old port of Inhambane near the ferry pier to Maxixe offering patrons delicious seafood, curries, pizzas, chicken, salads, fruit, cappuccinos, coffees, various liquors and wine. Their tranquil garden setting has outdoor seating with lovely views of the harbour and pier. We always stop here for a bite when doing our grocery shop in Inhamabane.
If you find yourself in the little town of Inhambane, be sure to stop at Ponte Cais, which is situated at the port entry. They have the best pizzas in town as well as seafood and local meals. While exploring the little town Ponte Cais is great for a stop over lunch, with spectacular views of the bay and port pier. If you happen to be around in the evening on the weekend, be sure to experience their festive night hospitality, or take a stroll along the quiet pier.
Based on the Villa (sleeps 8) per night during Low Season which = R300 per person sharing when the rate is divided by 8 people or tailor made packages can be arranged for less than 8 guests during low and high season. See rates for more information.
House of the Rising SunRates are per villa per night
|Low Season:||R2400 per night|
|High Season:||R3200 per night|
|Peak Season:||R3900 per night|
|Low Season:||11 January - 24 March
12 April - 23 June
18 July - 29 September
10 Oct - 30 November
|High Season:||25 March - 10 April
24 June - 17 July
30 September - 9 October
1 December - 15 December
|Peak Season:||16 December - 10 January|
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