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Excursions
@ Guludo Beach Lodge

Village Trip

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!

Rolas Island

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.
 
Local legend says the island is owned by the sacred, resident coconut crabs, the largest crabs in the world, who dictate the weather and the fate of anyone who dares upset them.
 
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.
 
Ibo 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.
"Local legend says the island is owned by the sacred, resident coconut crabs, the largest crabs in the world, who dictate the weather and the fate of anyone who dares upset them"
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.
Pangane Beach
If you’re keen to explore around Guludo, a 60 minute drive north is Pangane, another beach paradise.
Here you will find a long white sandy peninsular littered with palms...perfect for a chill out day while seeing a little more of the beauty of the Guludo region.
In the centre of penisular is a charming fishing village with a small market which is lovely to wander through and soak up the local culture. This relatively large community relies entirely on fishing and traditional boats are constantly coming and going with fresh catch of the day.
 
Sunset Sail
Go for a sunset sail on our traditional dhow, Mustajabo; made by hand in Guludo village by local artisans. 
 
There really is no better way to watch the sun set over Guludo
...than with the wind in your sails, sipping an ice cold beer, serenely gliding through the calm azure waters of the bay.
 
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.
But after a century of intense hunting only a few scattered breeding sites remain. The rapid expansion of the petroleum and fishing industries continues to pose a major threat.
 
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.

With the threat of the re-introduction of commercial whaling, it is more important than ever to monitor populations and do all we can to protect these great whales before it's too late.
 
Beach Archery
With 12km of beach it is the perfect location for traditional archery.
Always available at the bar, archery is perfect for little and big kids!
Many of our staff used to use these archery sets to hunt small and large mammals to provide meat for their families before working for us. Now they are at hand to teach guests the centries-old art of using these traditional bows and arrows.
This activity is complementary so guests can practise as often as they wish.
 
Village Football
Whether a player or spectator, a "Guludo Village" vs. "Guludo Staff and Guests" football match is an experience not to be missed.
 
What better way to break down barriers than through the beautiftul game?
 
Whenever guests are keen to play football the staff need no encouragement to organise a friendly football game in the village. Neal, co-founder and ex-pro-footballer, regularly trains (and sometimes plays for) the Guludo football team. With half the Guludo squad working at the lodge, the matches are always very even and penalty shootouts are a common occurance... definately something not to be missed!!!
 
The games are also fun to watch as the whole village generally turns up, including the craft groups displaying their products. It is a wonderful chance for the WAGs (wives and girlfriends) to spend time with the local WAGs and children. It may not be England vs. Germany at Wembley but it is always a spectacle!
Childrens' games are also often arranged, both for girls and boys, which the enthusiastic local primary school help to organise with the lodge.
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key features
  • 9 beach bandas
  • Deserted tropical beaches
  • Pristine coral reefs
  • Local community
  • Award-winning design for innovation
  • Honeymoons
  • Scuba Diving
  • Historic Ibo island
  • Rolas island
  • Family friendly

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Email info@oisafrica.com

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