Blue Footprints Lodge

Tofo Mozambique

A warm welcome to Blue Footprints Lodge Tofo Mozambique, offering private villa accommodation, diving and luxury beach holidays for families and honeymooners.

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Blue Footprints Lodge Mozambique Welcome to Blue Footprints, Dive Centre Mozambique. This exclusive Lodge is situated in the Barra Tofo area in Inhambane, Mozambique - Southern Africa. Blue Footprints offers a private, tranquil, luxury scuba diving destination and accommodation.

Our restaurant, bar and private villas have unparalleled ocean views and our Scuba Dive Centre is only a stones throw away from the warm Indian Ocean. Relax on your own private day bed with an incredible 180 degree view of our pristine Blue Footprints friendly beach.

This is the mecca of Manta Rays, Whalesharks and Humpback Whales, any scuba divers dream!

There are no buildings to our North and no buildings to our South. It’s just solitary beachfront and ocean right in front of you. We are very proud to be able to offer such a pristine environment for your relaxation and leisure.

The restaurant is built overlooking the ocean with folding doors opening onto two decks in the front and onto the pool deck at the back.

Blue Footprints Lodge is located approximately 35km from the airport, the last 5 km of which is a sand track and only accessible with 4x4 vehicles. Blue Footprints can provide transfers from Inhambane Airport to Blue Footprints Eco-Lodge and back.

The lodge is a hidden beach oasis that offers understated elegance and unparalleled ocean views, specifically designed so that from the bar, restaurant, lounge, pool and villas, the full magnificence of the Indian Ocean is just a glance away.

Blue Footprints Lodge MozambiqueAccommodation: Villa
Blue Footprints Eco-Lodge invites you to join us in barefoot luxury at our exclusive sanctuary. The five exclusive Blue Footprints Villas have been designed to maximize the spectacular views of the ocean, and to give the privacy and solitude each guest deserves. They offer a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements, nestled in the natural dune, providing an underlying sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.

All rooms have open plan, en-suite bathrooms with basins, toilet and frameless inside shower with an ocean view. Each villa has its own deck, outside shower and day bed, each with 180 degree, unobstructed ocean views. As it takes a maximum of 10 guests, they offer an intimate and tranquil base from which to explore this unique and diverse corner of Africa. Only the sound of the Indian Ocean and the call of the wild can disturb the peace.

Standard Villa Rate R1150 per person per night
Peak Villa Rate R1350 per person per night

Visa Requirements
South African passport holders do not require a visa to enter Mozambique.
International travelers require a visa for Mozambique which is purchased on arrival at the first port of entry into the country and paid for in US$ cash and could be subject to change. Mozambique currently does not except any US$ dated before 2007. Alternatively, in some countries, a visa can be obtained prior to entry from the Mozambique Embassy.

Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months and has two empty pages (front and back pages both blank) clear for stamps.

Inhambane is situated 460 km north of Maputo. Please note that the last 5 km is only accessible with 4x4 vehicles.

LAM (Mozambique’s National Airline) offer flights to Inhambane from both Johannesburg International Airport and Maputo. There are direct LAM flights available from Johannesburg Airport (O.R Tambo) in South Africa, as well as from Maputo to Inhambane, Mozambique. The flight is approximately 1h45. Please note that there is a strict 20kg luggage allowance on LAM flights. There is a charge on any excess luggage.

The Inhambane area located in central Mozambique is considered to lie within the malaria belt. It is advisable that you take some form of prophylactic drugs. Always get the latest advice from your doctor at least a month before travel. Whilst here, cover up and use a mosquito repellent between sunrise and sunset, and always use the mosquito nets provided.
Divers need to be aware that certain anti-malarial drugs or malaria prophylactic are contraindicated with scuba diving. Please ensure that you find out from your doctor or DAN (Divers Alert Network), which option would best suit your needs.

The Mozambique currency is the Metical. Most places in Mozambique, including Blue Footprints accept Rands, Euros, Dollars and British Pounds, but it is best to check in advance which currencies are acceptable. Blue Footprints also accepts payment by VISA and Mastercard.

Mozambique has a typically tropical climate with hot and humid conditions along the coastal lowlands during the summer months, especially from December to March, and pleasantly warm during the winter days with cool evenings. Rainfall, mostly in the way of tropical thundershowers, tends to fall between November and March, however in the last few years we have experienced sporadic rainfall in May, June and July. Average day time temperatures range from 24oC to 34oC+. The warm Mozambique current flows southwards along the coast and is an important influence on the climate of the country.

The coast of northern Mozambique is occasionally affected by tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean. These tend to start with tropical depressions east of Madagascar. From time to time they move south or north, entering the Mozambican channel, where they can make landfall on the Mozambican coastline, but the majority pass east of Madagascar and hardly affect Mozambique. These cyclones bring heavy rain and strong winds and can cause large swells.

Restaurant and Bar
Inside is a laid back atmosphere where our guests can relax, recharge and soak in the magnificent views, while enjoying the unique flavors of food that only Mozambique has to offer. Our menu selection is carefully planned to meet the needs of all our guests and to introduce them to the exotic flavors of the region. Great care is given to creating meals that are a reflection of our commitment and hopefully leave a lasting impression on every guest, creating moments that are unforgettable.

Dishes range from authentic grilled prawns marinated in lime and chilli to delectable homemade tri-coloured chocolate mousse.

All our produce is carefully selected and use only the best of local suppliers and fisherman with the freshest produce. No endangered or vulnerable species from the ocean are used, thereby confirming further their commitment to conservation.

All meals are accompanied by only the finest selections of wines and liqueurs to further the gastronomic experience in our restaurant. A wide variety of freshly made exotic cocktails are available to all guests whilst they relax next to our pool enjoying the ocean breeze.

Credit Card Facilities
The Mozambique currency is the Metical. Most places in Mozambique, including Blue Footprints accept Rands, Euros, Dollars and British Pounds. Blue Footprints also accepts payment by VISA and MasterCard for extras but does not accept traveler’s cheques.

As an Eco-Lodge in the true sense of the word, all electricity at the lodge is supplied using solar energy. We encourage guests to assist in conserving energy in the following ways:
Avoid using electric appliances that draw a lot of power.
Turn off lights when leaving your room and during the day.
Unplug any electrical appliances not being used.

Internet access and Telephone
There is strong cellular phone reception at the lodge. There are no landlines in the lodge. Internet access is available through “internet sticks”.

Rates Include
Breakfast and Dinner
Tea and Coffee

Rates Exclude

All Beverages (All beer, soft drinks, mineral water, local and imported spirits, local and imported wines, champagne, cognac, cigars and cigarettes)
All Activities and Extras
Flights and related taxes and fees
Airport Tax
Telephone calls
Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance
Transfer to and from Inhambane Airport

Please note that LAM airlines has a strict 20kg luggage limit.

The earliest known inhabitants of Mozambique were the San. This nomadic tribe survived largely through hunting and gathering. Between the first and fifth centuries, Bantu-speaking tribes migrated through the Zambezi valley and through to the coastal plains.
Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama is believed to have reached the Mozambican coastline in 1498. By this time, there was already evidence of Arab and Swahili trading settlements along the coastline, which had been in existence for several centuries prior to Vasco Da Gama’s landing.

In 1505, Mozambique became a Portuguese colony and during the 16th and 17th centuries, trading posts and forts were set up along the coastline with limited ventures into the interior until the gold rush in the Transvaal. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, Mozambique became a major slave trading centre, supplying Arabia and the Ottomans, until Portugal outlawed slave trade in 1842, although clandestine trade continued for decades after this.
Toward the end of the 19th centuary, Portugal leased large tracts of territory to trading companies who used Mozambican labour to further their interests and build infrastructure.

In 1891, the contention over the Mozambique’s western and southern border between Portugal and Britain was settled by French Prime Minister MacMahon, thus defining the present day borders between South Africa and Mozambique.
In 1932 Portugal broke up the trading companies and imposed direct colonial rule over Mozambique. During the 1950s and 1960s, the colonial economy thrived, with thousands of Portuguese settlers being attracted to Mozambique.
In 1962, activists opposed to Portuguese colonial rule who had previously been exiled, formed the Mozambique Liberation Front, Frelimo, headed by Eduardo Mondlane. In 1964, Frelimo forces began the war of independence reverting largely to Guerilla tactics and taking control of large areas of the north of Mozambique, with some military equipment and training from the Soviet Union, China and Algeria.

In 1974, a military coup in Portugal lead to a new government which supported autonomy for Portugal’s colonies. Frelimo moved quickly and signed an agreement with the new Portuguese government to take control of Mozambique. This began the start of the departure of 250 000 Portuguese inhabitants from Mozambique, collapsing the social and economic structure in the country. Portugal and Frelimo signed the Lusaka Accord in 1974, establishing a transitional government, with Mozambique gaining independence on the 25th June 1975, after 470 years of colonial rule. Frelimo ruled Mozambique under a single party system with Samora Machel as Mozambique’s president. Frelimo later adopted a Marxist-Leninist doctrine.

In 1976, the Mozambican Resistance Movement, RENAMO was formed, backed by Rhodesia in an effort to stop the flow of weapons to ZANLA guerillas who were based on the Mozambican border and fighting against the Rhodesian government. With independence being gained in 1980 and Rhodesia becoming Zimbabwe, RENAMO was backed by forces in South Africa in an attempt to counter opposition ANC guerillas basing themselves in across the border in Mozambique. Thus began the bloody and violent civil war in Mozambique. The protracted civil war ruined the Frelimo’s economic administration. The Mozambican civil war was particularly savage, with attacks on civilians and the drafting of child soldiers. The country fell into economic ruin, there was widespread famine, another mass exodus of Mozambicans from Portuguese decent and Mozambican nationals fleeing their homeland. Some 1.7 million Mozambicans are thought to have fled Mozambique to neighboring countries.

In October 1986, Mozambique’s president Samora Machel was killed when his aircraft crashed near the South African border. He was succeeded by Joaquim Alberto Chissano who continued expanding Mozambique’s links with the West and pursuing internal reforms. In 1989, Frelimo renounced their Marxist-Leninist doctrine. In 1990, the end of the Cold War and the collapse of Apartheid in South Africa, resulted in the support for the RENAMO forces drying up and the first talks between RENAMO and Frelimo were held. Frelimo’s draft constitution paved the way for a multiparty system and a new constitution being adopted and democratic rights being guaranteed.

In 1992, the Rome General Peace Accord was signed in Rome between President Chissano and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama. A UN peacekeeping force oversaw the transition to democracy with elections being held in October 1994 and Chissano being re-elected as President. In 1995, Mozambique became a Commonwealth member and in 1999 Chissano is re-elected in the presidential elections. In February 2000, Mozambique experienced devastating flooding, displacing thousands of people and causing massive damage. In 2005, after Chissano steps down after 18 years in power, Armando Guebuza is inaugurated as President.

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