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Enjoy deserted beaches at Guludo Beach Lodge in Quirmbas, Northern Mozambique - ideal for switching off from the rest of the world.

 
5 nights for the price of 4 and 7 nights for the price of 5 at the eco lodge; Guludo Beach Lodge.

Guludo is a small, barefoot lodge in the Quirmbas National Park, perfectly positioned to show off all Mozambique's greatest treasures.
 
Step off your veranda to an idyllic white, tropical beach stretching as far as your eyes can see. Each room spectacularly over looks Guludo's famous beach, declared one of the top 20 deserted beaches in the world by The Observer.

Guludo Beach Lodge is situated in the Quirimbas National Park, northern Mozambique, 80km north of Pemba as the crow flies. The nearest international airport is Pemba which is 2,000km from the Mozambican capital Maputo.

The lodge has been designed to ingeniously blend luxury with a mix of traditional and contemporary styles and with the highest of environmental and social integrity.

Each of the Bandas (rooms) has been carefully designed so you can watch the sun spectacularly rise over neighbouring Rolas Island through bleary eyes from the comfort of your own, extravagant king-sized bed.

The climate is tropical at Guludo Beach Lodge with two seasons: the “dry season” from April to late December and the “green season” from late December to March.

The dry season is very pleasant. It is hot to very hot in the day with pleasant warm yet fresh evenings. In the month of July and August some people wear a light jumper in the evenings.

The green season is hotter with a higher humidity, however every day is sunny. It does not rain every day as the name of the season may suggest, and sometimes a week or so can pass without any rain at all. The rains do not last for long, with rainy episodes in the form of intense but brief showers, usually occurring at night. Diving is excellent at this time of year with warm, calm waters and excellent visibility.

2018 Rates (per person per night): From US$185

The Guludo Beach Lodge Stay/pay deal is valid until 15th December 2018 (excluding peak periods).

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Rates Include:
Accommodation, All meals, Non-Alcohlic drinks, Many activities, Laundry

Rates Exclude:
Transfers, Park entrance fee, Alcoholic drinks, Motorised Activities, Flights and visa fees
 
Complimentary Rates:
Guludo village tour, Sunset dhow cruise, Beauty on the beach, Traditional style fishing, Beach archery, Pot making, Village football.

Guludo village tour:
A real glimpse of life in rural Northern Mozambique.
This is by no means a normal village tour; you won't find anyone or anything staged or sanitised, just village life as it is.

First stop on the tour is normally to one of the small shops or "barracas", where you can buy some material, which you can take to the tailor, "Momade 19", to have skillfully crafted into a garment of your choice; the perfect gift for friends and family back home.

You'll also past the school, the chief's house, the mosque and visit a typical home. However, we can guarantee, your lasting memories will be of welcoming smiles and the laughter of the children!

Extra Activities:
Rolas Island:
An enchanted tropical island; nestled inside a marine sanctuary, home to age-old legends...

Rolas is our most popular activity and it’s not hard to see why. Just a short sail from Guludo, this tiny island is surrounded by crystal clear waters with breath-taking reefs to snorkel and a stunning white sandy peninsular.

During your visit to Rolas you will meet some of the Guludo fishermen who use the island as temporary base and, if you dare, go with “old man coconut crab” into the Rolas Coral Rock Forest to see some of the infamous crabs for yourself. In the middle of the island you’ll find a simple shade with a spectacular, panoramic view, perfect for whale spotting (July to September) and spotting the two resident fish eagles.

Bush Lookout:

Perched on top of a rocky hill the peace and beauty of the bush lookout will take your breath away.

This viewpoint overlooks the northern part of the Quirimbas National Park and is one of the very few places possible to view elephants during the day.

The perfect place to take in the wild African bush, watch the sunset, sip a G&T, relax and unwind.

Also, here you are likely to see antelopes, primates, warthogs and, if you’re lucky, some of the large cats. Leaving mid afternoon you can sit back, sip an ice-cool beer, soak up the beauty and watch the sun slowly disappear over the horizon.

Ibo Island:
An island stopped in time; a throw back to a time of colonialism, slaves, exploitation and silversmiths.

Ibo Island has a checquered, yet fascinating past. As you walk through the ancient Portuguese town, it doesn’t take much to imagine how this derelict city was once a fashionable hotspot in its heyday, from the mid 1700s on. The grand Portuguese villas, with intricate ironwork, high ceilings and large verandas are now crumbling and slowly being reclaimed by nature.

Just a stone’s through from the city centre is the famous pentagonal fort of St Jao Baptista. Originally built for defence, the fort was soon utilised for the abominable slave trade.

The fort tells the tragic story of the countless lives lost and exploited; the foundations that built the lavish Portuguese city.

However, the fort is now at the heart of Ibo’s future, with old and young silversmiths using it as a place to practice the same ancient Arabic techniques as their forefathers to make and sell jewellery to the growing number of visitors to the island.

Humpback Whale Watching
From July to early November humpbacks pass by the azure waters of Guludo. As these incredible mammals pass by the islands, you can often see the mothers teaching their calves to spy hop, breach and tail slap. Humpback whales once bred in large numbers in all the world's oceans.

Every humpback season, Guludo marine biologists collect vital data on the whales, through digital photography, studying behaviour, GPS positioning and DNA collection, that is then passed on to Africa's Centre for Whale Research at Cape Town University. By going on a whale watching trip, guests help to fund this research and provide extra opportunities to go out and monitor the whales.

PLEASE NOTE THE DIVE CENTRE AT GULUDO IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.

Scuba Diving
Guludo is perfectly positioned to dive some of the best, and most pristine, coral reefs in the world, whether an experienced diver or absolute beginner.

Opposite Guludo's calm bay is the Quirimbas Archipelago's fringing reef with breath-taking coral diversity as well as copious schools of game fish, turtles, sharks and at the right time of year, humpback whales.

With vast diving diversity Guludo offers a range of diving from sheltered tranquil coral gardens to drop-offs with strong currents.

Learn to Dive at Guludo
Guludo Beach Lodge is a fully accredited PADI Dive Resort with a resident dive instructor. We offer a range of courses including a half day Discover Scuba Course, full PADI Open Water Course (qualifying you to dive anywhere in the world) and PADI Advanced Open Water which enables existing divers to develop their skills further.

Currently diving is done in four distinct regions:
1. Rolas Island
Surrounding Rolas’ southern sandy peninsular and westward rocky outcrops are shallow coral gardens with beautiful sting rays, abundant reef fish and curious turtles. Rolas is perfect for beginners, underwater photographers and divers interested in macro fauna. Beds of staghorn hide lion fish, moray eels and elusive pipe fish; large coral bommies host an amazing variety of reef fish and nudibranches; camouflaged amongst patch reef and sandy bottoms crocodile fish and kuhls stingray abound; and green & hawksbill turtles are commonly sighted coming up for air.

2. Matemo Channel
The diving around Matemo has gentle slopes and small ridges and is also home to the famous dive site ‘Rush Hour’, so named for schools of large game fish that hang out over the reef. Game fish, including Yellowtail barracuda, jacks, king fish and Spanish mackerel are commonly sighted schooling above large sand patches; themselves home to ‘fields’ of garden eels, whilst white tip sharks, tuna, napoleon wrasse and schooling triggerfish frequent the abundantly covered coral slopes.

3. Zala Bank
Zala is a vast underwater sand bank, due east of Guludo, home to dramatic topography with sheer drop offs disappearing into oblivion. Every inch of Zala is covered in pristine coral, hard and soft, rivalling anywhere in the world. Huge gorgonian corals fan out from the wall at 30m whilst white tip and grey reef sharks are amongst the visitors from the deep blue beyond. The shallower coral is teaming with reef fish and also home to several types of turtle, the majestic Spanish dancer and yet more reef sharks.

4. Ibo Island
Ibo Island, 25km south of Guludo, hosts a spectacular dive site large enough for several dives. The site boasts an incredible abundance and diversity of reef fish and large schools of batfish, big eye trevally, fusiliers, snappers, surgeon fish and Spanish mackerel are often seen. A small wall from 5 to 18 meters is littered with overhangs and home to macro fauna while beneath, the sloping sandy bottom is frequented by reef sharks and rays.

Getting to Guludo:
We can provide road transfers from Pemba to Guludo. The journey takes you through the stunning Quirimbas National Park and gives you a great glimpse of life Northern Mozambique. The journey takes approximately three and a half to four hours and is 250km long; 200km on an excellent tar road and 50km is on a good dirt road.
The latest a Road transfer can be completed is 16h00 as the sun sets early in Mozambique. Should your flight be arriving after this time, an overnight in Pemba is recommended. We can assist you in finding a suitable place to stay.
We can also arrange transfers to and from various lodges or regions in Mozambique, please contact us for more details.

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