Sava Dunes: The Lowdown

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Sava Dunes is a tiny, stylish, 5 roomed eco lodge on the wild and rugged shoreline of Southern Mozambique. It feels incredibly remote, though it’s actually only a mile or so from Barra and a few miles from Tofo.

What’s Sava Dunes really like?

The main beach house looks right out over a sweep of empty golden beach and the ocean. It has a stylish, but laid back feel. There are big floor-to-ceiling windows, and a little deck outside.  You can pick up wifi here if you need to check in with the outside world. There’s a dining room, sitting area, and a small bar which you can swim up to from the pool outside. Food is largely local: eggs from the chickens, veggies from the garden and fish speared in the ocean outside.

Boardwalks lead from the beach house to the five Ocean Facing Suites, perched up on the dunes, with balconies and hammocks to make the most of the amazing views out over the beach. The bedrooms have clean lines and crisp, light décor, and lead straight into the open plan bathrooms.  It’s worth being aware that, as this is an eco lodge, the bathrooms have showers with a view and there is no air-conditioning. But who needs that when you have sea breezes and can hear the breakers from your bed?  There is also one Garden Cottage, which doesn’t have the same views, but does have two bedrooms, sharing a bathroom, so it works well for families with teenagers.

What can I do at Sava Dunes?

When you’re staying at the lodge, there are miles of nearly deserted beach to walk on, body boards to play with and plenty of spots for a stunning sundowner. If you fancy popping into Tofo, the market is always worth visiting. And while our guests don’t necessarily want to stay right in the middle of Tofo, there are some fabulous boat trips we can arrange with the boat operators in town – snorkelling, scuba diving and ocean safaris. This whole area is really known for its amazing marine life, so we’d recommend letting us know if you wish to dive so we can request this in advance for you. During the season (roughly July-October) a whale watching trip is absolutely magical. If you’re lucky you might even see whales and dolphins from the lodge.  It’s also possible to arrange big game fishing in the area, and kayaking.

Giving back at Sava Dunes: 

Sava Dunes is off-grid and uses solar power and borehole water. Staff regularly take part in beach clean-ups and interested guests are welcome too!

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