Frequently Asked Questions
1) How long (depending on the border) will you generally drive through to the lodge from Pretoria and if you sleep over, where would you recommend we stay?
We travel to Komatipoort and sleep there. We cross the border at 8am and then drive to the villa which will take about 7 hours from the border. DO NOT drive at night as the road is hectic in places. It takes about 20 min to an hour to cross the border.
2) Do you have someone on the premises that can clean & iron?
The manager of the Villa is Fernando and he will arrange for a lady to do the cleaning and laundry.
3) Washing machine / tumble dryer / dishwasher available?
Only a washing machine.
4) Shuttle services available?
We offer a free transfer to and from Inhambane airport on arrival and on departure for a maximum of four people. You can arrange this with Vivienne when you do your booking.
5) Is there an iron and ironing board?
6) Will toilet paper be provided?
Initially, yes, for your arrival
7) Linen provided?
8) Towels provided?
9) Is there a freezer and fridge?
Chest freezer and fridge
10) Will we have to take bottled water with us?
You will need drinking water - please bring this with you. You cannot drink the tap water, but bottled water is widely available.
11) Water sports – recommendation of reputable operators
For more information about water sports please refer to website and click on the "Facilities" link
12) Security is important. Is the villa secure?
Yes there is a watchman 24 hours at the Villa.
13) Restaurants – any recommendations
Please refer to website and click on the "Facilities" link
14) The Beach
There is a fantastic beach. You do get the occasional blue-bottle, which you find throughout Mozambique. It is advisable to bring Stingose. During spring tide when the water recedes you see a reef right in front of the villa. There are no shark nets.
15) Recommendations for deep sea fishing
Excellent deep sea fishing. Please refer to website and click on "Facilities" link for deep sea operators
16) Where would we be able to find fresh produce?
We prefer going to the local market in Inhambane town. There is lovely fruit and vegetables, and is much fresher and cheaper. Do not expect anything exotic, though. There is also a bakery in Inhambane town and a Bank and ATM at the nearby garage (8 km). A new mini supermarket has just recently opened 8km away called "Yum Yum."
17) Does the villa have braai facilities?
We do have a Cadac gas braai with lid. Open fires are prohibited as there is a severe fire risk in Mozambique and virtually no fire brigade services.
18) Beach umbrellas available?
No. Patio has lovely under shade seating.
19) Beach chairs available?
No. Recliners on patio.
20) Are there boat trips to islands?
We did a fantastic trip in the estuary arranged by Casa Barry in Tofo. You pick up starfish, visit Pansy Island etc. We even saw flamingos.
21) Any recommendation for day trips
a) From Inhambane harbour take a dhow trip up the estuary over to Maxixe and have lunch on the other side.
b) Lunch at Flamingo Bay (no children under 12) is a must
c) Barra Lodge (kids allowed) has a lovely and relaxing environment.
d) Go to Casa Barry and arrange to snorkel or dive with whale sharks. Do a sea safari.
22) Is there internet and cell phone connection /reception at the villa or only in town?
Reasonable reception at villa (no worse than South Africa!)
23) Do we have to take our own wood / charcoal?
No. There is a gas braai and open fires are prohibited.
24) Would you recommend we bring our own bicycles?
Yes, although there are sand roads around villa.
25) Are the bedrooms detached from each other? We are just concerned about the children's bedroom.
Yes, but kids can sleep up in the loft suite.
26) Distance from Maputo to Villa?
27) Is there a safe place for the boat at the house?
Yes, you can park the boat in the yard.
28) Is there electricity?
Yes the house is fully electrified and also has a back-up generator should there be a power failure.