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Pad barefoot across powder soft sand, gaze across azure-blue sea, and while away the hours in hammocks set beneath palms - a holiday at the Guludo Beach Lodge is anything but standard. Named by ‘The Observer’ newspaper as one of the top 20 deserted beaches in the world, this is a little bit of paradise on earth.
Africa's secret jewel, Mozambique, lies to the South East of the continent. Bordered by South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, the country boasts 2,400km of palm fringed coastline. Think white sands and desert islands meet freshly caught sea food and snorkelling to die for! The country has not been without its struggles, however, ravaged by severe droughts and a civil war that continued until the early 1990's. The nation has attempted to put this all behind them now and with a stable government in place, has become one of the 'up and coming' countries in Africa - get there before everyone else discovers it!
This place is more than just a luxury resort. It’s a luxury resort with a conscience. That’s because the owners of the Guludo Beach Lodge have also set up their own charity – the Nemo Foundation. And with 5% of all income from the hotel going straight towards local community and conservation projects, your holiday contributes, too. But it’s not just the lodge that’s special, the area itself is pretty amazing. Inland, you’ll find the wild African bush, while on your doorstep lies a white sandy beach that stretches for 12 kilometres, with the Indian Ocean beyond.
From games of village football to beach archery and trips into the African bush – there’s lots to keep you occupied on a holiday here. But one of the main reasons people come is for the diving. The Guludo Beach Lodge is a registered PADI resort which offers a full-range of courses for beginners to the more experienced underwater explorer. Opposite Guludo’s bay is the Quirimbas archipelago which is home to a striking array of coral reefs. Humpback whales, sharks, coral fish and turtles have all been spotted here.
Who wouldn’t be delighted with the prospect of staying on a deserted tropical beach in gorgeous accommodation? Maybe if you hate sun, sea and sand, then this could be your idea of hell – but it’s highly unlikely! There’s lots to keep you busy by way of organized activities, the accommodation is full-board so you needn’t worry about cooking, and the only thing that might cast a dark cloud is the thought of going home. One more thing – 5% of all income from this place goes to the owner’s charity, the Nemo Foundation, to be used to develop local community and conservation projects.
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