ECO GREEN LODGES IN MOZAMBIQUE
Guludo Lodge, Mozambique
Guludo is a small, eco-friendly lodge in the Quirimbas National Park, perfectly positioned on a 12km stretch of beach overlooking the azure ocean.
Accommodation is in 9 handcrafted adobe bandas combining eco-technology with traditional building techniques. High roofs, gentle sea breezes, terraces with hammocks, beach views, outdoor en-suite bathrooms and stunning compostable “loos with a view” allow for an easy simple way of life as the peaceful rythms of nature take precedence.
There is no electricity or running water but far from this being a downside, it means that when the sun goes down, Guludo is all the more enchanting, lit only by gas lanterns. The shower is operated by an ingenious, pulley operated system that pours stored sloar heated water from above and being open air, once the sun goes down, one can look up and gawp at the simply awesome (over-used word but in this context is accurate) Milky Way. In the mornings, open your eyes to the sunrise and look straight from your bed, down to the Indian Ocean !
Each banda is just footsteps from the beach, where activities ( or non activities ! ) such as swimming, lazing in your hammock, walking, beach archery, dhow fishing and dhow sunset cruises can be enjoyed. A visit to the nearby village where you can meet the locals and see or participate in the numerous upliftment projects Guludo sponsors is a must. Scuba diving, snorkelling and visits to the Quirimbas islands and wildlife reserve can be arranged at extra cost.
OUR RATING: Comfortable
PRICE FROM: US$ 255 per person
FAMILY FRIENDLY: Children welcome
SIZE: 20 guests
HEALTH: Malaria zone
WHY GO: A beach destination with a difference where not only the simple pleasures of sun, sea and starry skies can be enjoyed but also mixing with local Mozambiquan villagers ( play a game of football or enjoy a local “beauty” mask treatment )
HOW GULUDO LODGE IS SHINING A GREEN LIGHT FOR
NATURE: Guludo Beach lodge is an outstanding business model example of how Fairtrade tourism can alleviate poverty and conserve the environment whilst growing from strength to strength. The lodge stimulates the local economy and develops skills while the charity arm tackles the root causes of poverty and environmental devastation. Funding is from 5% donated from all revenue received at the lodge and from its guests and other charity partners
ANIMALS: The Quirimbas National Park is the largest marine protected area in Africa and home to pristine coral reefs, five species of turtles, calving humpback whales and grazing dugongs. Coastal forest habitats are also protected having all but disappeared along the East African coastline. Through Guludo’s outreach programs in the surrounding communities the importance of preserving these pristine habitats and their related biodiversity for the future is put into practice.
PEOPLE: The Nema Foundation partners with 16 local communities reaching out to over 24 000 people to implement projects which include: providing access to clean water through digging and repairing waterpoints for 20,000 people; supplying a school meal every day for 800 malnourished children, secondary school scholarships for 129 scholars, building 2 schools, distributing over 9,500 mosquito nets and education in nutrition, malaria, HIV, hygiene and sanitation. The lodge uses over 150 local suppliers, employs 70 staff and 8 local craft enterprises sell their products to guests.