Montanha Lodge is positioned atop the tall dunes which line the turquoise patterned waters of the warm Indian Ocean in the trendy Mozambique resort destination of Barra which is situated in Inhambane, Mozambique.
The district boasts one of the largest plantations of palm trees worldwide and this vegetation combined with the endless pristine beaches, soft sea breezes and sparkling clear ocean give this stretch of the peninsula a rare taste of that balmy island fever.
Originally named Terra de Boa Gente or Land of the Gentle People by Vasco da Gama in the late 1400s, the sheltered, scenic bay of Inhambane is one of the oldest settlements on the East Coast and was, in its heyday, a significant port.
Today, the district still houses the largest fleet of working dhows in Mozambique.
Montanha Lodge offers a choice of comfortable fully equipped, self-catering 2-4 sleeper casitas, 4-6 sleeper or 6-8 sleeper privately owned chalets for holiday rentals.
The casitas comprise an en-suite bedroom, open plan kitchen/lounge with 2 sleeper beds and a patio for dining.
The 4-6 sleeper timber chalets comprise 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen/lounge with 2 sleeper couches for the extra guests and a patio.
The casitas and 4-6 sleeper timber chalets are nestled under the shady palms in the hollow of the dunes, alongside the restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
The double-storey 6-8 sleeper timber chalets comprise 3 bedrooms, 2 separate bathrooms with a shower, wc and vanity, 2 decks, dining area and a lounge which has 2 sleeper couches. Each unit has a braai (barbeque) area and a carport.
The 6-8 sleeper chalets are situated on the secondary dune amongst a plantation of palm trees. Cool breezes add relief from the hot, sultry days. Although the chalets are situated a mere 200m from the beach, (steep walk back up from the beach) - sea views are visible from the upper deck only.
Guests are advised that 4x4 or 2x4 vehicles (bakkies) with diff lock are required as we are situated along 2.5km of very sandy road. Normal passenger vehicles with a low ground clearance will get stuck!
The units are serviced daily and have drinkable borehole water, gas and 24 hour electricity. A security guard patrols the lodge in the evening.
Local vendors visit the lodge daily with a supply of produce and curios on offer these range from fresh fruits of the sea as well as freshly baked bread & rolls and seasonal fruits & vegetables.
English is widely spoken in public places.
- beach (approx 200m away)
- boat/marine slipway (within 2km)
- boat trips (within 5km)
- horse-riding (within 5km)
- quad bike hire (within 5km)
- fishing charters (within 5km)
- ocean safaris (within 5km)
- restaurants (plenty in area)
- scuba diving (within 5km)
- sunset cruise (within 5km)
- dhow trips (from inhambane to maxixe)
- massages (within 5km)
- craft markets (Inhambane, Barra & Tofu)
- airport transfers by arrangement
From Maputo, follow the EN1 to Xai-Xai.
It is recommended that you re-fuel in Xai-Xai.
In Inhambane follow the main road (Broad Road DA Independecia) continue to the circle and turn right (going around the back of the circle). Cross over a derelict railway line and continue with this road which will eventually bear right (Inhambane airport will be sign-posted straight-ahead).
Continue with this road for approximately 20kms until you reach the cross-road with Babalaza Restaurant on your right. Continue straight ahead with the hard sand road (approximately 5-7kms) and turn right at Montanha Lodge sign-board which is situated with various signboards on right-hand side of road.
We recommend that you deflate your tyres to approximately 1 bar at this point as the road to Montanha Lodge is very sandy suitable ONLY for 4x4 or all-wheel drive vehicles which have sufficient road clearance.
Montanha Lodge is situated approximately 1 km along this lighthouse road on the left hand side shortly after the Vodacom aerial.