House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
A real beach house as it is really close to the beach ie 20 metres.
Hear the waves all day -
Eat inside or outside -
Lots of deck to play games and sun bathe -
Lots of shade -
No TV - No radio - But lots of time to walk, talk, swim, snorkel, scuba dive and read and play games.
Local produce and curios always on offer – these range from fresh fruits of the sea (prawns, crayfish, fish, and langoustine) as well as freshly baked local bread/rolls and seasonal fruits and vegetables, sarongs and artwork.
The temperature range between day and night is not extreme. - Summer can be very hot although not too humid due to a generally low rainfall. Winter is very pleasant and a light jersey may be required in the evenings. The winter days are also a lot shorter. Sea temperatures vary between 22 degrees centigrade in winter to 29 in summer.
As there is always a sea breeze it seldom seems too hot.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Praia da Rocha - 20metres from Sun deck and Pool 20 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inhambane 10 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Staffed property, Sea view|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
3 bedrooms have en suite bath rooms -
3 bedrooms have outside showers
All bedrooms have separate WC's
Connectivity available via 3G in the house and out on the deck overlooking the bay! A great place to work from! - You need to take your own modem and sim card.
We have an Empregardo who works Monday to Saturday and he will clean and wash up for you.
Dinning can be outside or inside - Outside seats 16 and inside seats 8
Open plan kitchen, dining room and living room - Kitchen bar area
|Further details outdoors|
Lots of deck space for Whale watching, playing games, sun bathing.
There is a shower on the way back from the beach.
Lots of shade
Sheltered area for when the wind really blows!
• The house sleeps 8 people – please stick to this rule;
• No smoking allowed inside lodge;
• NO DRIVING ON THE BEACH. This will only be permitted for launching your boat;
• The house is a high hazard zone for fires, thus no fireworks permitted;
• Only Gas Braai allowed / please cover the braai after use!!!! No open wood fires allowed!!!
• Damages equipment, furniture and fittings during your stay will be for your account;
• No pets allowed on the premises;
• No fishing / spear fishing allowed in the bay area;
• The use of quads or motor bikes are not permitted within the estate or on the beach;
• Jet ski’s are not permitted in the PDR bay area;
• Do not buy fish and local produce off the locals from within the boundary of PDR as this encourages people to come into PDR and sell their wares to HO’s. This makes it very difficult to keep the estate secure. Fish, Prawns etc can be bought nearby.
• No furniture, fittings, equipment or any other items may be removed from the houses; ie items from the house must not be taken to the beach
• Please be considerate to fellow guests by respecting their privacy and keep noise levels within acceptable norms;
• No fireworks permitted
• This is a malaria area – please take precaution after dark and sleep under the mosquito nets;
• Please note: Praia da Rocha makes use of a septic tank system and therefore sanitary towels or any other foreign objects not to be flushed down the toilets;
• Some people have come here merely to relax. Please be considerate to your fellow guests by respecting their privacy;
• Please be very careful on the walkway / decks as they are slippery when wet or covered with sand;
• Right of admission reserved;
• The owners shall not be liable for any loss, damage or destruction to property or damages of any other kind (including pure economic loss), or injury or death which may be suffered whilst on the property of the house, howsoever and whensoever caused and whether directly or indirectly and accordingly all persons entering the premises do so at their own risk.
• We will supply the following:
- All linen / towels (Bath and Beach);
- Cleaning materials i.e. Sunlight Liquid, Handy Andy, Black bags, Washing powder etc;
- Toilet Paper.
• The house has one staff member who will prepare the house for your arrival;
• The house has its own washing machine and dryer that can be used for your own personal washing;
• The House keeper will be available with the following working hours:
- Monday to Fridays : 08h00 to 16h30
- Saturdays : 08h00 to 13h00
- Sundays : Normally off or can work at a fee of 200 Meticais
• The empregado will be responsible for the daily housekeeping of the house, and other smaller tasks as may be required by you from time to time etc;
The Inhambane region
The Republic of Mozambique stretches for 2 504 kilometres along the south-eastern coast of Africa, facing the Indian Ocean and occupies 799 384 square kilometres.
The countries northern border is the Rovuma River, which separates Mozambique from Tanzania. The countries bordering Mozambique to the east are Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.
Nearly half of all the land in Mozambique is low lying.and as many as sixty rivers criss-cross the country as they head for the Indian Ocean. Amongst these rivers are the mighty Zambezi which effectively divides the country in half, forming a natural barrier to travel between southern and northern Mozambique.
Geography & Climate
The tropical climate has two seasons – dry and wet. The wet season is from October to March and the dry season lasts from April to November. More than 80% of the entire years rain falls during the wet season. Most areas receive between 120 – 200 cm of rainfall. The average annual rainfall is greatest over the western hills and the central areas, and lowest in the southwest. Drought is frequent, especially in the south. Temperatures range from 20 c in July to 29 c in January.
About half of the land is covered with forests, scrub and woodland. The wet regions support thick forests and the drier interior supports only a thin savanna vegetation. Mangroves and coconut palms are common along the coast.
Tofo Beach is one of the few resort areas that can be reached by a normal 2 wheel drive vehicle. It is about 20km from Inhambane town. Tofo Beach is a sweeping curved beach protected from the open ocean by a rock and reef shelf making it ideal for safe swimming and easy boat launching. There is a thriving community of fishermen living in and around the village and their multi-coloured boats are found pulled up on the beach where they will sell you the catch of the day. Praia de Tofo has much to offer holiday makers: there are a number of restaurants and bars in Tofo village as well as a small market and public phone. There are also deep sea fishing charters; horse riding on the beach of Tofo; 3 to 4 diving operators offering not only diving but also ocean safaris for snorklers wanting to swim with whale sharks, view whales and get to know the Mozambique marine life without needing a diving certification.
The town of Inhambane, 500km north of Maputo, can be reached by tar road. It is one of the oldest towns in Mozambique dating back to the 10th century and the Arab traders. It was in 1534 that the Portuguese established a permanent trading post. The atmosphere and architecture in the town reflects this exciting and diverse history. Inhambane is served by an airport and a port and has petrol stations, banks, public phones, shops, markets, a bus terminus and a museum. Side-walk cafes are dotted along the narrow streets. There are some noteworthy sights for the culture vultures including the 200 year old Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception, the Governor’s Palace, the Municipal buildings, and the museum. The town itself is set on the bay of Inhambane, looking across to Maxixe. Enjoy a drink at the harbour whilst watching the dhows cruise across the bay. It is possible to hire a dhow to sail you around the bay or up to the Linga Linga Nature Reserve. This fascinating area used to be a whaling station but is now the home to some of the last remaining dugong in Southern Mozambique. The landscape surrounding Inhambane is dominated by thousands of coconut palms. Apart from the beautiful historical town of Inhambane the main attraction to this area are the idyllic beaches of Jangamo, Tofo, Tofinho and Barra, where the sea lover can take part in a variety of marine activities. It is a great area for snorkeling, fishing and surfing. There are many good diving reefs in the area.
Boats / Charters
• If you have brought your own boat please arrange with Estate Manager where to park;
• Don’t leave anything of value on your parked boat;
• In order to launch your own boat, you need to obtain a launching license from the government Maritime office in Inhambane;
• License periods and fees vary;
• You will need to specify your reason for launching – i.e. for fishing or diving, as fees vary for different activities;
• Launching without a license will result in a large fine and possible confiscation of your vehicle and /or boat.
• If you are going fishing, please let somebody know that you have gone and at what time you intent to be back;
• Remember that there is no official rescue organization (NSRI) in Mozambique and the resort is not responsible to provide this service;
• We would request that all people launching boats do have a valid Skippers ticket as this is in accordance with Mozambican law;
• Various charter companies operate in the area – www.afriventure-moz.com or +258 825767948 (Alan).
o Surfing is possible on Tofo Beach. Best locations are in the area of the mountain in Tofinho, close to Casa John;
• HORSE RIDING
o They offer lessons and daily guided rides on the beach and surrounding areas;
o Take the back road in Tofo towards Dinos Bar and the stables are on the left hand side of the road just before reaching Bamboozi.
• DIVING AND FISHING:
o Various Charters available for fishing;
o In season it is advisable to book your charter prior to your arrival;
o There are two scuba-diving operations in Tofo, Tofo Scuba based at Casa Barry and Diversity Scuba behind Hotel Tofo Mar.
o Diving Sites in the Area:
The coastline of Inhambane is the most beautiful and untouched on the East African coast today, the coral reefs have been unaffected by the world wide bleaching phenomena of 1999 and therefore offer some of the finest diving off the coast of Africa. Manta Reef has been voted one of the 5 best dive sites in the world and attracts many visitors to the area.
- Manta Reef:
Maximum Depth 28 meters.
Manta Reef has been voted one of the finest dive sites in the world and lies just off the coast opposite the lodge site. The reef offers a huge diversity of marine life including numerous giant Mantas (up to 6metres in length), which gives the reef its name. The reef has north and south walls with adjacent pinnacles of rocks creating gullies at depths of 24 to 28 meters. The top of the reef is flat with beautiful soft corals. The walls provide shelter for large schools of yellow snapper, barracuda, bigeyes, fusiliers, hundreds of redtooth trigger fish, tiny goldies and fairy basslets. Large Potato and other Groupers inhabit overhangs and small caverns along with large trumpet fish, green turtles and sweet lips. The list of marine life is endless. The cracks and crevices are home to scorpion fish, Morays (Giant honeycomb, Geometric, Yellow Edge and White Mouth), Crocodile Fish, Spanish Dancers and a whole array of Nudibranches and Cowries. The dive site has 3 main cleaning stations where huge Manta Rays circle and hover to allow small fish to remove parasites from their bodies. Playful Devil and Eagle Rays swim above the reef.
- The Oasis:
Maximum Depth – 24 meters
The Oasis is a stunning reef with numerous overhangs and shallow caverns with excellent hard and soft corals. There are 2 cleaning stations here that also attract Mantas and Leopard Sharks are often seen resting on the sandy bottom. In residence are white tip, black tip and silver tip reef sharks. Large Rays such as Devil Rays, Blotched Fantail Rays and Jenkins Whip rays are common. The crevices are home to large giant and honeycomb Moray Eels. The Potato Groupers are particularly curious
- The Gallery:
Maximum Depth – 28 meters
The Gallery is a long wall where the current creates an excellent drift dive. The top of the reef is between 26 and 28 meters. Giant Mantas cruise along the wall, which provides shelter for various rays and large shoals of red toothed trigger fish. Fragile green tree corals hide a variety of Morays from large honeycomb to small geometric and white mouth. The wall provides perfect cover for large, rarely seen, frog fish.
- Table Top:
Maximum Depth – 40 meters
Table top is a deeper site with a curving wall. Green tree corals are home to hundreds of goldies and fairy basslets. The wall gives shelter to large schools of Moorish Idols and Banner Fish.
- Crocodile Rock:
Maximum Depth – 16 meters
Crocodile Rock is named after the many large crocodile fish that lie on the bottom of the flat rocks and sandy areas. The craters provide excellent shelter for various types of Angel Fish, Butterfly Fish, large bright yellow Trumpet Fish, Clown Trigger Fish and Lion Fish. There are numerous types of box and puffer fish and the overhangs provide shelter for large spiny lobster and banded coral shrimp.
- Praia da Rocha House Reef:
Maximum Depth – 16 meters
This reef is accessible as a shore entry dive from the bay when there is little surge. The reef is a fringing reef with excellent hard and soft corals. The reef slopes up to the surface and the corals at 5 meters are stunning, offering excellent opportunities for snorkeling. The outer edge of the reef is at 16 meters. The pinnacles of rock form gullies and swim-through with overhangs, caverns and large crevices. There are beautiful Spanish Dancers, Nudibranches and Cowries. Honeycomb and Zebra Morays are common as well as Turtles and Eagle Rays. Large schools of Kingfish are common on the reef. This reef is fantastic for encountering Whale Sharks during the season.
- The Arena:
Maximum Depth – 20 meters
The Arena is very similar in topography and marine life to Crocodile Rock but the craters are deeper and the walls higher. The best diving on this reef is between 12 and 14 meters. This reef has excellent swim throughs.
- The Amazon:
Maximum Depth – 28 meters
The Amazon reef is the furthest reef from the site and one of the most spectacular, making a visit to this reef well worth the longer journey time to get there. Amazon is a stunning horseshoe shaped reef and is excellent for white tipped reef sharks, leopard sharks and large Loggerhead and Green turtles. There is a stunning array of beautiful reef fish in staggering numbers as well as large schools of hunting blue-fin travelly and yellow-fin tuna.
Maximum Depth – 18 meters
Krakatoa is close in both proximity and topography to Praia da Rocha house reef but can be dived more frequently as it is not affected by surge. The reef is home to strange and beautiful cuttlefish and octopus. This is a very relaxing dive with all the stunning reef fish from the area in abundance.
• RESTAURANTS IN THE AREA:
o Dino’s Beach Bar;
o Casa de Comer;
o Hotel Tofo Mar;
o Casa Barry:
(All in Tofo) – 23 km
o Barra Lodge – 20 km;
o Flamingo Bay Lodge – 22 km.
Shopping / Petrol / Banking
The Estate offers a shopping service at a fee prior to your arrival – contact the Estate Manager prior to arrival - or you can purchase it yourselves at the following places:
o Inhambane is 18 km from the lodge at Praia da Rocha;
o Fresh fruit, vegetables at the market;
o Chinese Supermarket;
o Chickens, milk, fish and prawns;
o Shops are open from 8h00 until 17h00 or 18h00, but are closed between 12h00 and 14h00;
o Government offices and banks are open from 8h00 until 15h00, they do not close for lunch;
o Various ATM available;
o General street shops in village;
o Prawns and other fish products – call Armando +258 825 154 357 (say you are from Praia da Rocha);
o PAU’S (Bread Rolls) etc.
o This is also your closest for petrol (approx 14 km) for the 4x4, boats etc;
o Opposite the filing station you will find Vasco da Gama (DCI Lda) who stock all types of imported meat;
o ATM at filling station.
o 15 to 20 min by water taxi or ferry;
o Taurus Wholesalers – all SA Products;
o Not open between 12h00 and 14h00
o The local currency of Mozambique is called Meticais;
o SA Rands are widely accepted, but be aware of the “local” rate of exchange;
o These rates change every day and also differ from place to place;
o Use ATM’s where possible (Visa & MasterCard acceptable)
The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese:
o Good Morning – Bom Dias – pronounced Bon Dia
o Good Afternoon – Boa Tarde – pronounced Boo-a TarDe
o Good Evening – Boa Noite – pronounced Boo-a Nooit
o Thank you – Obrigado – pronounced as spelled
o Please – Por Favor – pronounced as spelled
Medical & other emergencies
For visiting this part of the world, always recommended to arrange Medical Insurance prior to you arrival and if in doubt contact your insurance company for assistance if needed. There are very few English speaking doctors in Inhambane and facilities are not great. However, there are one or two good doctors based at the main hospital in Inhambane. The hospital is located on the road out of Inhambane (heading back towards the EN1), along the harbour front but on the left hand side of the road. Ask to speak to an English speaking Doctor. Their treatment for Malaria is very good.
• PRAIA DA ROCHA CONTACT DETAIL:
o PdR on site Tel no - Sergio : +258 8 42 444 618
o Estate Manager Tel no - Chris : +258 8 45 154 515
o Website : www.pdrbeachestate.com
• OWNERS CONTACT DETAILS:
o Agent - Ella : +27 82 466 9636
• ANY OTHER EMERGENCY:
o Chris Greathead : +258 84 515 4515
(The Developer who is often on site and has a house at PDR)
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9 Aug 2013
Stunning property on the beach, perfect for families or friends. We stayed as 4 couples and there is ample space. Great social kitchen for cooking in the evenings the fish and prawns brought that day!… More
14 Dec 2012
"Wonderful beach house and surroundings"
We had an amazing stay at the Praia da Rocha house during our 5 days there. Not only is the house beautiful with lots of space, light and air, it has a ridiculously spectacular view of the ocean. The bedrooms were very spacious and comfortable. The outdoor pool though small was great for refreshing dips. The kitchen is fully stocked. The beach is just down a staircase and there is fantastic cove with snorkeling possible with just a short swim. Loads of fish but during our stay the ocean was a bit rough and stormy. On calm days, I imagine it is spectacular snorkeling. There is a lovely hike possible up the dune from the cove.
2 Nov 2011
"great place to stay"
we had a great time there.
Lots of beach, sun and sand
Warm sea, great sun sets, good swimming and snorkling.
21 Oct 2011
"A beautiful family home in a little piece of heaven"
The house is tastefully, yet simply furnished. A gorgeous open plan kitchen/lounge/dining room looks out over the sea with nothing but an incredible private vista. The wooden floors and flowing white organza curtains create a feeling of homely luxury. One could sit on the deck and watch the children play on the quiet beach and in the waves. The beach was pristine and private and the swimming, surfing and snorkelling were amazing. What an incredibly privileged experiece. Thank you!
16 Oct 2011
"The best beach accommadation I have ever experienced"
I went up to Tofo with 4 mates for a few weeks. The house is amazing, with plenty of space for privacy even when at its' capacity of 8 people. The beach in itself is flawless, kilometers long and all to yourself on most days!! No quad-bikes, jet-skis or motorboats to spoil the surroundings, only the occasional local fishing boat rowing out. We were there during 'winter' and it was fantastic, mid twenties (degrees) on a daily basis. The area is far from any main roads so you will not get any unwarranted visitors.The driveway is sand roads and palm trees taking you a few kilometers from the main road and into the dunes to the beach. The house has an amazing deck and pool and a flight of stairs takes you to the beach. The local town is a short drive away (20 mins) where you can get all you need from the local market, fresh fruit, veg, and bread, as well as sea food straight from the ocean. We had an amazing few weeks here and I'd highly recommend visiting this area and especially this accommodation.
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