Pemba, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
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We are a small, isolated, exclusive place, with 8 rooms in beautiful and charming bungalows, all with a view on the Indian ocean. We have taken care to use local materials (coco leaves, bamboos, teak decks, red sand) in all construction, delicately blended with modern facilities to provide comfort with a unique style.
Our cosy restaurant / bar is on the beach, and we take great care at giving you the best food we can! Emmanuelle and Georges will be happy to prepare local fish, fruits and vegetables with a mix of french flair.
Meals are home made and well served. We offer three course dinners. The fish and seafood come from the local fishermen who park their kaskinhas (dug out canoes) on the beach.
Wifi, wireless internet, is available at the restaurant.
You can roam around with one of our sea kayaks. Conditions are ideal for kitesurfing from May to October. We can help you organise your trip to the Quirimbas National Parc, Ibo Island, or Ilha de Mozambique. We can also help you organise day trips to Pemba to do whale watching (from july to september), snorkeling, or diving.
The beauty of the white sandbanks and of the emerald waters shifting with the tides offers a never ending show. The beach is clean and calm. The nearest village is kilometres away.
As a true ecolodge, we produce our own electricity (24/24) thanks to solar panels and a locally built wind turbine. Our hot water is provided using solar water heaters, which are also made in Pemba. All dark waters go in septic tanks, while grey waters are used for irrigation..
We promised the village chief we would only hire people from the nearby villages. This is the least we can do in terms of community involvement. Thus all staff is local. We have trained them from scratch. They are hard working, enthusiastic and honest.
We do our best in sustainability, getting nearly all vegetables and fruits from local markets. All the fish come from the fishermen on our beach..
Our Lodge provides an intimate setting, with a friendly atmosphere, and is perfect for honeymoons, families, couples and friends. We are more a guest house than a hotel.
We arrived in Mozambique in February 2007. We explored the entire coast from Mocimboa da Praia near Tanzania to Maputo, the capital in the south. We spotted a beautiful beach near Pemba, not far from an international airport in a region still underdeveloped in terms of tourism. Assets of the land: a former coconut farm on a world class white sandy beach, without rocks or sea urchins. Presence of an unexplored coral reef and abundant marine fauna.
Assets of Pemba in 2007: land prices, international airport with good links to Tanzania, South Africa, Mayotte, and Kenya, completion of major bridges (Rovuma, Zambezi) making the area more accessible, and completion of paved roads (to Tanzania and southern Mozambique, as well as Malawi)
Today, it seems that the choice of Pemba was appropriate, the potential is there more than ever.
We have the best reviews for a midrange hospitality business on TripAdvisor , Expedia and Booking.com for Pemba. But we are in the following situation. - We have a child, and we do not wish to have him follow school in Pemba. - We are very proud of what we did here. But we want to move on with our lives and do something else. Our lodge is already able to sustain itself all year round. The cash flow even allows going on holiday a few times a year and going on slowly with construction.
Stable country since the end of the civil war in 1994, Mozambique is a country of opportunities, with a strong economic growth. Huge reserves of gas, coal, metals of all kinds as well as rare earths have been discovered in parts of the country.
The tourism sector has huge potential. Mozambique is first known for its beautiful beaches and luxury lodges. The safari business is still in its infancy, but the potential is enormous given the parks and game reserves of the country.
City of 120,000 inhabitants. Key economic sectors are sawmills and timber exports, fishing, tourism, NGOs of all kinds, and more recently logistics for the gas and oil industry. Pemba is primarily a logistics center for its region. The surroundings and the area are beautiful but the town itself has no particular interest. Gas and oil were discovered near the Tanzanian border, which induced a real estate fever related to the influx of expats. In tourism, Pemba is serving as a transit place to the Quirimbas Archipelago, a string of idyllic islands between Pemba and Tanzania. Many islands are occupied by luxury lodges. Also of note is the island of Ibo, the former colonial capital province, with its unique charm. 8 hours away on a bad road (a paved road is under construction) is the Niassa Reserve, as big as Belgium. It includes 4 000 elephants. This reserve will probably be an asset for tourism for Pemba when the access problem is resolved and a few lodges start operating. In terms of airline service, Pemba has 3 weekly direct flights to Dar Es Salaam, 3 direct with Nairobi, 5 direct with Johannesburg and daily flights to Johannesburg via Maputo. A link with Mayotte is on/off.
A new international airport has been completed in 2014.
The name of our lodge means "sleep" in Kimwani”, the local language of the Quirimbas islands, very close to the Swahili. We are 20 minutes from the airport, 30 minutes from the city, on a beautiful beach, still preserved. We are out of town, away from villages; tranquility, and feeling of insularity. Just in front, 2 km from the beach, is an unexplored coral reef 15 km long.
Just behind the reef, humpback whales come to give birth from July to October.
All year round, there are manta rays. Dolphins of five different species are seen throughout the year. Some turtles. No sharks.
Our goal was to build eight rooms and a restaurant. Architecture and style: Local materials. Style terracotta and bamboo for walls, roofs of bamboos with tiles of woven coconut tree leaves. We do not open the restaurant to the public, only for guests. We produce our own electricity. We use solar panels, a wind turbine and batteries. We use a generator to top up energy needs when required.
Waterfront: 280 m. Depth: 370 meters. Surface of 9 ha. The land is flat, cleared, filled with coconut palms, with a large dune 10 meters high on the back. The surrounding land is open, lined with coconut palms and undeveloped. The ground water is safe to drink.
There is a power line less than 1km away.
City water is also available for connection 1km away.
Status of work done
Works and investments
New potential projects
We have already have approval from the department of tourism for construction of up to 20 rooms/52 beds.
We are very pleased with our team. All our employees are under contract. Most of them have been with us for at least 5 years. 5 guards operate in rotation to monitor the land at all times. The construction/maintenance team is made of 2 workers. We have 2 cooks, one waiter, one room cleaner and one manager.
Company value and equity
The company, Nossa Baia Limitada, owns our Lodge and all the equipment, rights and concessions.
My partner and I are owners of 100% of the company. Company law in Mozambique is very close to the Portuguese and French law. You could compare the status of Nossa Baia to a limited liability company.