Escape to paradise and experience the blue waters and pristine shores of Mozambique at our lodge, a new eco-lodge overlooking a blue tidal lagoon that is home to a distinctive ecosystem with access to the warm Indian Ocean: for sale

Escape to paradise and experience the blue waters and pristine shores of Mozambique at our lodge, a new eco-lodge overlooking a blue tidal lagoon that is home to a distinctive ecosystem with access to the warm Indian Ocean

Bartholomeu Diaz Point, Nhamabwe, Inhassoro, Mozambique


2 250 000 USD

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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Type: Beach Lodge
Bedrooms: 12
Bathrooms: 12
Showers: 12
Parking: 20
Yield: Not Disclosed

Bartolomeu Dias

Bartolomeu Dias (c. 1450 – 29 May 1500) was a Portuguese mariner and explorer. In 1488, he became the first European navigator to round the southern tip of Africa and to demonstrate that the most effective southward route for ships lays in the open ocean, well to the west of the African coast. His discoveries effectively established the sea route between Europe and Asia.

Early life

Bartholomeu Dias was born around 1455. His family had a maritime background and one of his ancestors, Dinis Dias, explored the African coast in the 1440s and discovered the Cape Verde Peninsula in 1445.

Tracing his biography is complicated by the existence of several contemporary Portuguese seafarers with the same name. He was clearly a seaman of considerable experience and may have been trading for ivory along the Guinea coast as early as 1478. In 1481, Dias accompanied an expedition, led by Diogo de Azambuja, to construct a fortress and trading post called São Jorge da Mina in the Gulf of Guinea. Indirect evidence also points to his possible participation in Diogo Cão's first expedition (1482–1484) down the African coast to the Congo River.

Voyage around Africa

Diogo Cão had made two voyages to try to reach the southern end of Africa’s western coastline but had failed both times. Nevertheless, King John II of Portugal remained determined to continue the effort. In October 1486, he commissioned Dias to lead an expedition in search of a trade route around the southern tip of Africa. Dias was also charged with searching for Prester John, a legendary figure believed to be the powerful Christian ruler of a realm somewhere beyond Europe, possibly in the African interior. Dias was provided with two caravels of about 50 tons each and a square-rigged supply ship captained by his brother Diogo. He recruited some of the leading pilots of the day, including Pêro de Alenquer and João de Santiago, who had previously sailed with Cão.

No contemporary documents detailing this historic voyage have been found. Much of the available information comes from the sixteenth-century historian João de Barros, who wrote about the voyage some sixty years later.

The small fleet left Lisbon in or around July 1487. Like his predecessor, Cão, Dias carried a set of padrãos, carved stone pillars to be used to mark his progress at important landfalls. Also onboard were six Africans who had been kidnapped by Cão and taught Portuguese. Dias's plan was to drop them off at various points along the African coast so that they could testify to the grandeur of the Portuguese kingdom and make inquiries into the possible whereabouts of Prester John.

The expedition sailed directly to the Congo, and from there proceeded more carefully down the African coast, often naming notable geographic features after saints that were honored on the Catholic Church’s calendar. When they weighed anchor at what today is Porto Alexandre, Angola, Dias left the supply ship behind so that it could re-provision them later, on their return voyage. By December, Dias had passed the farthest point reached by Cão, and on 8 December 1487 he arrived at the Golfo da Conceicão (modern-day Walvis BayNamibia). After making slow progress along the Namibian coast, the two ships turned southwest, away from land. Historians have debated whether this happened because they were driven offshore by a storm or because they were deliberately trying to find more favorable winds. Whatever its cause, the change of course brought them success: the ships traced a broad arc around the tip of Africa and, on 4 February 1488, after 30 days on the open ocean, they reached the continent’s southern cape and entered what would later become known as Mossel Bay.

The ships continued east for a time and confirmed that the coast gradually trended to the northeast. Dias realized that they had accomplished Portugal's long-sought goal: they had rounded the southern cape of Africa. Dias's expedition reached its furthest point on 12 March 1488, when it anchored at Kwaaihoek, near the mouth of the Boesmans River—where they erected the Padrão de São Gregório. By then, the crew had become restless and was urging Dias to turn around. Supplies were low and the ships were battered. Although Dias wanted to continue, the rest of the officers unanimously favored returning to Portugal, so he agreed to turn back. On their return voyage, they sailed close enough to Africa’s southwestern coast to encounter the Cape of Good Hope for the first time in May 1488. Tradition has it that Dias originally named it the Cape of Storms (Cabo das Tormentas) and that King John II later renamed it the Cape of Good Hope (Cabo da Boa Esperança) because it symbolized the opening of a sea route from west to east.

At the cape, Dias erected the last of their padrãos and then headed northward. They reached their supply ship in July, after nine months of absence, and found that six of that ship’s nine crewmen had died in skirmishes with the natives. The vessel had become rotten with worms, so they unloaded the supplies they needed from it, and burnt it on the beach. Few details are known about the remainder of the voyage. The ships made stops at Príncipe, the Rio do Resgate (in present-day Liberia), and the Portuguese trading post of São Jorge da Mina. Dias returned to Lisbon in December 1488, after an absence of 16 months.

The Dias expedition had explored a thousand more miles of the African coastline than previous expeditions had reached; it had rounded the southern tip of the continent, and it had demonstrated that the most effective southward ship route lay in the open ocean well to the west of the African coast-a route that would be followed by generations of Portuguese sailors. Despite these successes, Dias' reception at court was muted. There were no official proclamations, and, at the time, Dias received little in recognition of his accomplishments.

Later years

Dias was later ennobled for his accomplishments, and by 1494 he was serving as a squire in the court of King John II. He also served as superintendent of the royal warehouses from 1494 to 1497.

Following Dias’s return from his successful first voyage around Africa’s southern cape, Portugual took a decade-long break from Indian Ocean exploration. King John was beset by numerous problems, including the death of his only son, a war in Morocco, and his own failing health. It was not until 1497 that another voyage was commissioned and Dias was asked to provide assistance. Drawing on his experience with maritime exploration, Dias contributed to the design and construction of the São Gabriel and its sister ship the São Rafael. These were two of the ships that Vasco da Gama used to sail around the Cape of Good Hope and continue to India. Dias participated in the first leg of da Gama’s voyage but stayed behind after reaching the Cape Verde Islands. Two years later he was one of the captains of the second Indian expedition, headed by Pedro Álvares Cabral. This flotilla was the first to reach Brazil, landing there on 22 April 1500, and then continuing east to India. Dias perished in May 1500 when captaining a ship near the Cape of Good Hope: four ships, including Dias’s, encountered a huge storm off the cape and were lost on 29 May.

Personal life

Dias was married and had two sons, Simão Dias de Novais and António Dias de Novais. His grandson Paulo Dias de Novais became the first governor of Portuguese Angola and, in 1576, the founder of São Paulo de Luanda.


The Portuguese government erected two navigational beacons, Dias Cross and da Gama Cross, to commemorate Dias and Vasco da Gama, who were the first modern European explorers to reach the Cape of Good Hope. When lined up, these crosses point to Whittle Rock , a large, permanently submerged shipping hazard in False Bay.


Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique (República de Moçambique, pronounced [ʁɛˈpuβlikɐ ðɨ musɐ̃ˈbikɨ]), is a country located in southeastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Eswatini and South Africa to the southwest. The sovereign state is separated from the ComorosMayotte and Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The capital and largest city is Maputo.

Notably Northern Mozambique lies within the monsoon trade winds of the Indian Ocean and is frequentely affected by disruptive weather. Between the 7th and 11th centuries, a series of Swahili port towns developed on that area, which contributed to the development of a distinct Swahili culture and dialect. In the late medieval period, these towns were frequented by traders from SomaliaEthiopiaEgyptArabiaPersia, and India.

The voyage of Vasco da Gama in 1498 marked the arrival of the Portuguese, who began a gradual process of colonisation and settlement in 1505. After over four centuries of Portuguese rule, Mozambique gained independence in 1975, becoming the People's Republic of Mozambique shortly thereafter. After only two years of independence, the country descended into an intense and protracted civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992. In 1994, Mozambique held its first multiparty elections and has since remained a relatively stable presidential republic, although it still faces a low-intensity insurgency distinctively in the farthermost regions from the southern capital and where Islam is dominant.

Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources, notwithstanding the country's economy is based chiefly on fishery—substantially molluscscrustaceans and echinoderms—and agriculture with a growing industry of food and beverages, chemical manufacturing, aluminium and oil. The tourism sector is expanding. South Africa remains Mozambique's main trading partner, preserving a close relationship with Portugal with a perspective on other European markets.

Since 2001, Mozambique's GDP growth has been thriving, but the nation is still one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world, ranking low in GDP per capitahuman development, measures of inequality and average life expectancy.

The country's population of around 30 million, as of 2022 estimates, is composed of overwhelmingly Bantu peoples. However, the only official language in Mozambique is the colonial language of Portuguese, which is spoken in urban areas as a first or second language by most, and generally as a lingua franca between younger Mozambicans with access to formal education. The most important local languages include TsongaMakhuwaSena, Chichewa, and SwahiliGlottolog lists 46 languages spoken in the country, of which one is a signed language (Mozambican Sign Language/Língua de sinais de Moçambique).

The largest religion in Mozambique is Christianity, with significant minorities following Islam and African traditional religions.

Mozambique is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Southern African Development Community, and is an observer at La Francophonie.

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Key features

About us

Guests can enjoy a variety of guided excursions and activities, or are free to create their own intimate barefoot experiences and privately explore the area’s natural beauty.

Take a break at our lodge

Our Lodge offers serenity in a tropical wilderness both for couples and families alike. Families can enjoy their own tastefully styled beach villa with a private pool on the deck overlooking the tidal lagoon. The warm and clear waters of the lagoon invite you and your kids to snorkel, go for long walks around the peninsula or simply take your own private boat out to one of the sand banks.

You are encouraged to indulge in a wide range of water and beach activities such as guided lagoon and mangrove forest cruises which offer exceptional birding, as well as boat trips to the Bazaruto Archipelago where you are likely to encounter turtles, dolphins and perhaps even whale sharks. Indulge in a beach picnic where freshly caught fish is cooked on an open fire, or go snorkelling in the mangroves spotting colourful fish hiding in the underwater labyrinth that is a vital natural resource. For each couple and family a small private boat is available to explore the blue waters of the lagoon, take a trip to one of the large sand banks at low tide or adventure into the waterways of the estuary. Of course there is always the option to simply relax by the pool or on the deck of your wood and thatch beach chalet. Whatever you choose, be sure to be the creator of your own holiday without compromises.

Dining at our lodge is a delightful affair with the freshest ingredients locally sourced and produced, or grown in our own vegetable and herb garden, as well as straight from the sea. Expect Mozambican specialties such as peri-peri chicken and freshly caught prawns. Dinners in particular are always a delightful experience and can vary between relaxed and informal evenings, romantic and candle lit affairs, as well as lively beach BBQs.

Clients can view a large range of local culture, including quaint, stilted fishing villages dotted around the estuary.

A wide range of curios and local art is available to purchase.

Take a break at our lodge - A Paradise Beach Resort that will provide you with a vacation getaway where you can just take a break from the hectic pace of modern life.

We offer you a relaxing break where you can choose to enjoy an abundance of beach activities OR a vacation getaway where you can just lie under the umbrella with a cocktail and a book all day long.

Remote Beach Resort

Without a doubt our beach paradise is the best “losing track of time” destination in Southern Africa. The translucent waters of both the Estuary and the Indian Ocean act as a soothing balm which slowly and effectively eliminate stress and anxiety so often found in today’s society.

Romantic Getaway

Our lodge can arrange a romantic picnic for you and your partner on Bartholomew Dias Island. Here you can indulge in some exotic bird watching or a leisurely beach walk. A “dining under the stars” experience can be arranged for private parties or romantic dinners, as well as picnics on the beach.

Nature Walk and Boat Rides

The area around our lodge offers an abundance of natural scenery. The estuary offers relaxing nature walk and boat ride oppertunity. With a number of birders among the Rio Azul Lodge Staff, your bird walk will be filled with spectacular bird watching opportunity.

The Mangrove Estuary at our lodge

In front of our lodge lies this fantastic stretch of crystal clear water which can be explored by foot or by boat. The mangrove ecosystem is made up of a fascinating chain of pioneering and sacrificial plants together with a huge array of crustaceans. Bird life is abundant, colourful and spectacular. A relaxing jaunt up the many tributaries offered around the mangrove make for an exhilarating activity. A gentle sunset cruise is bound to rid one of the final vestiges of 21st Century living.

Local Culture

For those who just want to enjoy the local culture, beach walks will provide you with scenes of local fisherman applying their trade.

Excellent Cuisine at our Lodge 

The lodge offers an exquisite dining experience to guests. These casual 3 course meals are a relaxed affair served in our dining area where you are always assured of unsurpassed personal attention.

Our Menu

The menu includes freshly caught fish tantalizingly prepared together with exotic Portuguese spices and traditional cuisine. The more exotic food menu that is served on a regular basis includes some of the best sea food: crab, lobster, prawn, calamari and Mozambique Prawns to name a few. We cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements.

Our rooms

The beach lodge accommodation consists of six thatched luxury chalets and two luxury villas.

Whether you are staying in our Luxurious Villas or Chalets, your Daily rate will include:

  • All meals daily
  • Unlimited use of estuary boat per room
  • Use of sea kayaks
  • Tea & coffee
  • Snorkeling on request


Our lodge in Mozambique has two Beach Front Villas. Each Villa consists of three double bedrooms, sleeping a maximum of six adults as well as loft with three bunk beds for children under 16 yrs.

Each of the lodge Villas has its own private deck with a swimming pool, seating that includes beach chairs and a dining room table with a spectacular view off sunsets over the beach and sea.The lodge Villas have large lounge areas that offer ample seating for all visitors.


The lodge has six Beach Front Chalets. Each Chalet consists of a Twin Bedroom with two ¾ beds. Each Chalet also has a pull roll out bed for children under 16 yrs.

The Chalets have a beach front view with a view of spectacular sunsets over the beach, estuary and sea.

Our holiday activities

Not sure what there is to do in Mozambique?

Our activities range from walking on pristine beaches to deep sea charter fishing trips to romantic sunset dinners out on our deck. Relax at the pool or swim in the estuary or sea. Collect Pansy shells close to the lodge. Our luxury beach lodge offers kayaking, sundowner cruises on a local Dhow and trips to BD Island to name a few of the magical experiences at our lodge.

Our lodge prides itself on being a family friendly holiday resort, where you can reconnect with your family in this stressful day and age we live in.

Activities for all members of the family

  • Kayak on the estuary at our lodge
  • Bird watching
  • Snorkelling
  • Pristine beaches
  • Beach picnics
  • Romantic getaways
  • Nature Walks

Exploring the estuary in tinnies (small aluminium alloy boats with 15hp outboard motors)

  • Dhow trips
  • Wakeboarding
  • Deep sea & estuary fishing
  • Safe swimming in calm waters 
  • Mangrove Forest Exploration
  • Collecting Pansy Shells

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283

Skype: cliff.jacobs


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