Welcome to Coral Lodge 15.41
The exact coordinates for Coral Lodge 15.41 is part of our name, i.e. 15 degrees south latitude and 41 degrees east longitude. The lodge is located in the north of Mozambique in an area called Veranda. Veranda lies at the tip of a peninsula and is only a short distance from Ilha de Moçambique (Mozambique Island), the former capital of Mozambique.
After the civil war ended in 1992, Mozambique has enjoyed a stable political climate and a growing economy. Tourism is fast becoming one of the country's key resources, but the area around Coral Lodge 15.41 is still largely untouched. The sometimes rugged but unspoiled terrain and friendliness of the local people are a testament to this.
Visiting Coral Lodge 15.41 is visiting a 5 star beach resort at the place where Mozambique is founded. This makes up for the right combination of learning about the culture and history of Mozambique and relaxing in it’s beautiful nature.
Coral Lodge 15.41 is situated near Cabaceira Grande and Cabaceira Pequena. Because of their remote location the inhabitants of the village lived in isolation for many centuries. This isolation has sheltered the Macua people from civil war and HIV/Aids on the one hand, but it deprived them of development, schooling and medical services on the other hand. Included in the rates is a $2.00 per person per night contribution to the community fund. These contributions have already been used to build a primary school in the community and we are currently also furnishing the school based on contributions received.
Apart from the $2.00 per person per night contribution, many guests also make separate donations to the community fund and especially after visiting the community. The execution of the projects are monitored by the lodge management and reported to the donators through a blog:
http://cabaceirapequena.blogspot.com. During your stay it will be possible to visit these communities and learn more about the Macua people and their traditions.
To reach Coral Lodge 15.41 you can:
1. Fly to the city of Nampula (175 km from Coral Lodge 15.41) from where we can pick you up with our 4×4 car for a 2 hour drive to our lodge.
a. with LAM from Maputo, Beira and Pemba (almost every day)
b. with Airlink direct from Johannesburg (Mondays to Sundays)
c. with Kenya Airways direct from Nairobi (every Monday, Thursday and Saturday)
2. Fly to the city of Pemba (400 km from Coral Lodge 15.41) from where we can pick you up with our 4×4 car for a 5,5 hour drive to our lodge.
a. with LAM direct from Dar es Salaam (every Sunday and Wednesday)
b. with Airlink direct from Johannesburg (every Wednesday and Saturday)
3. Fly to the airstrip of Lumbo 13 km from the lodge from where we pick you up for a 10 min boat ride or one hour drive with a 4×4 car to our lodge.
a. with a chartered airplane from Nampula for a 40 minute flight (every day only on request)
b. with a chartered airplane from Pemba for a 1 hour flight (every day only on request)
c. with a chartered airplane from Beira for a 3 hour flight (every day only on request)
If you would prefer to drive to Coral Lodge 15.41 yourself, please contact us for directions.
This beach sanctuary comprises of just 10 luxury villas which tastefully blends luxury and comfort with the authentic feel of Mozambique style and simplicity. The design skilfully uses an elegant mix of wood and textiles to ensure the lodge blends in with its surroundings whilst incorporating the vivid colours of the area.
Food & Wine
We aim to make your stay a culinary journey through the best ingredients Mozambique has to offer.
Our dishes are heavily influenced by the fresh local fish and the best local ingredients we can obtain.
Our chef uses these ingredients to create a unique daily menu which is infused with the original flavors of Mozambique and influences from Portugal and other international cuisine. You can choose from a number of great wines from South Africa to compliment your meal.
We serve an à la carte breakfast menu from 07.00 hours to 11.00 hours. This can be served in the seclusion of your veranda or at The Reef restaurant.
We serve our daily-changing lunch menu from 12.00 hours to 15.00 hours. This two course meal exists of a main platter and a mouthwatering dessert.
After setting your table at the location of your choice, your room steward will serve you a three course menu.
To make you feel at home in our lodge, we offer you a 24-hour room steward service. Your room steward can provide you with all the amenities and service you require to get that real home-away-from-home feeling.
Facilities & Services
*Coffee & tea making facilities
*Two complimentary bottles of drinking water daily. Extra water bottles are in the private bar
*A fully-stocked private bar
*In room extras
The following extra in room amenities are available:
*Laptop with local internet access and movies to play in your room
*Sim card and credit to put in your mobile phone and to call from your room in and outside Mozambique
*Aloe after sun crème
*Shower cap, dental kit and shaving kit
*Mozambican Indian Ocean salt bath, lavender scented.
*Books or games from our library
*iPod docking station
*Other activities include water sports such as diving, whale watching, snorkelling, canoeing, sailing, *windsurfing and fishing.
Because of its unique location, Coral Lodge 15.41 has a huge variety of activities on offer. You can simply enjoy the resort, the beach and the water sports or satisfy your curiosity of Mozambique’s rich history and the culture of the Macua people. Coral Lodge 15.41 is only 10 minutes away from llha de Moçambique, which is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Mozambique.
Guests can go diving with the professional dive guide or on their own. The unspoiled reefs just off the coast from Coral Lodge 15.41 offer easy as well as more strenuous diving spots. The reefs are a mix of hard and soft corals with many species of small fish. They are regularly visited by the bigger predators like the dolphin.
During August, September and October whales migrate along Coral Lodge’s coastline. This makes for very easy whale watching. Jump into our motorboat to see these magical mammals up close and personal.
A snorkel in our lagoon is a must for every guest! You can see a wide variety of colourful fish and coral just yards from the lodge. Go with our experienced dive guide for an underwater safari and learn more about the hundreds of fish swimming around you including banner fish, pipe fish, nudibranch, lion fish, box fish and all kinds of other reef fish.
A great way to explore the mangroves is by canoe during high tide. Find the birds, mangrove crabs and other animals on your own or with the help of one of the local guides.
Learn to sail the traditional Mozambican dhow which is harder than you would think….
The constant breeze from the Indian Ocean is perfect for learning to windsurf or for taking one of our surfboards for a sail over the crystal blue waters.
Go fishing like a traditional Macua on a dhow and let our chef prepare your catch for dinner.
Ilha de Moçambique
A visit to Ilha de Moçambique can’t be missed during your stay at Coral Lodge 15.41.This former capital of Mozambique, built by the Portuguese, still looks like it did three hundred years ago. From the Lodge you look out on the San Sebastiao Fort (1558 AD) at the north point of the island. This fort and many other colonial buildings are remnants of bygone era, but they still preserve that history. Explore the city at your own pace or let our local guide show you every special corner and tell you about its controversial history.
If you want to learn all about the Macua people of northern Mozambique, we can take you to the three closest communities; Cabaceira Pequena, Cabaceira Grande and Chocas. Most of our staff come from Cabaceira Pequena, where you can visit one of their houses, the well of Vasco da Gama and the graves and ruines of the Arab comunity that was founded in the 12th century. If you dare you can try the specialty dish of Cabaceira Pequena: sea urgent…
Join our chef on his visit to the local market and learn to cook his favorite Mozambican dishes back at the lodge.
Let our captain take you out on our local dhow (traditional sailing boat) in the late afternoon for drinks and search for the dolphins.
We serve lunch on an uninhabited island where you’ll be on your own to enjoy some snorkeling, swimming and each other.
Have your dinner served on a secluded area on the beach, where you can enjoy the culinary food especially made for you.
Spend your honeymoon or anniversary with us and we will create the perfect romantic environment for you to enjoy the utmost privacy and relaxation. We will surprise you with special food and small romantic treats. It is the perfect romantic setting. Contact us to find out more about our honeymoon package.
Coral Lodge can cater for a traditional African wedding. The only holy man from the village would perform the sacred ceremony or renew wedding vows under the sacred Baobab tree situated at the tip of the Varanda Peninsula. The event could be accompanied by traditional Tufu dancers, singing Macuan love songs!
At a special secluded place on the peninsula near the spiritual baobab tree, we offer you massage and body treatments by our qualified therapist. This is also a great place for daily meditation or yoga. We can provide you with a meditation cushion or yoga mat, so you don’t have to bring your own.And for ultimate body and soul visit our African Spa.
At Coral Lodge 15.41 we organize activities for children of all ages and weather conditions. With all activities the advised age to attend is stated. Children’s activities include: coral puddle exploration, bubble maker, discover scuba, snorkelling lessons, island beach picnic, line fishing mangrove canoe trip, windsurfing, treasure hunt, shell jewellery, playing board games and playstation 2.
Activities for kids:
Coral puddle exploration – all ages welcome
Our dive master will take your children on a marine safari where they can learn all about the sea creatures living in the puddles and the lagoon surrounding the lodge.
Bubble maker – 8 years and older
Taking the first steps in the world of diving. Our dive master will instruct you to use all diving equipment and together you’ll do your first shallow dive in the lagoon and be up close and personal with the beautiful juvenile fish living there.
Discover scuba – 10 years and older
This is the next step in diving. Learn about the underwater world and diving techniques either in the lagoon or in the ocean.
Snorkelling lessons – 5 years and older
See the fish and corals from above. Learn to snorkel in the laguna and take a exciting snorkelling trip to one of the islands.
Island beach picnic – all ages welcome
Loaded with delicious food and beach towels, you will have a nice sailing trip on the dhow and moor onto a deserted beach for the real Robinson Croese feeling.
Line fishing – 7 years and older
Take our fishing rod and try to catch a baracuda from the dhow.
Mangrove canoe trip – 3 years and older
Our 3 person canoes are perfect for a family canoe safari where you can have a close look at the mangroves. If you time it right, you don’t even need to peddle as you can drift into the lagoon just before the highest point of high tide and drift out at the tidal turning point!
Windsurf – 10 years and older
Coral Lodge enjoys a gentle breeze all year round which is perfect for budding windsurfers. Impress the local fisherman and the rest of your family as you speed over the waves!
Playground – 1 year and older
We have set up a small playground near the dive centre. Use your imagination to pretend that you are pirate searching for buried treasure.
Treasure hunt – 3 years and older
The local people from Cabaceira found an old treasure map, stating there should be treasure hidden somewhere on Varanda. You’re welcome to help us find it…
Shell jewellery – 1 year and older
A nice way to keep the shells you found on the beach is to make them into a necklace or bracelet. The best souvenir from your special time in Mozambique!
Board games – 3 years and older
Help yourself to the many board games we have available in the television room. Ask our nanny for any other games for little ones!
Playstation 2 – 6 years and older
At the television room, there is a Playstation 2 available which we are happy to install for you