The wide variety of activities available at Nuarro Lodge will keep guests of all ages as active or relaxed as they choose! For the more active, there are all the marine excursions which include diving, snorkeling, whale watching, dhow sailing, kayaking, board paddling and sunset cruises, just to name a few. Landlovers can enjoy a picnic on a private beach of their choice, or a leisurely stroll to the nearby village, bird watching or even an adventurous mountain bike road to the lighthouse or enjoy our Bush Drive! For the less energetic, perhaps a massage under the shade of trees, maximizing on the sea-breeze. Alternatively, curled up with a good book, relaxing in the comfort of our beach bar lounge is also a great way to spend the day!
- Humpback’s can grow to around 16m long, weighing between 30-50 tons.
- Females are larger than males
- Distinctive white patches on the underside of the fluke (tail) are like fingerprints.
- Baleen whales are seasonal feeders and carnivores that filter tiny crustaceans , plankton and small fish.
- Eat around 2 tons of food, normally in two feedings, per day.
- Can dive for up to 30 minutes and to a depth of 150-200m)
Can often be seen:
- Spyhopping (bobbing with their head out the water to look around)
- Lobtailing (sticking their tails out the water, swinging it around and then slapping the waters surface)
- Breaching (launching their bodies high out the water and splashing down again)
Mountain biking is a wonderful way to discover the Baixo-do-Pinda peninsula. Cycle to the old Portuguese lighthouse in the village and enjoy spectacular views. There are currently 10 BTT mountain bikes, with standard equipment. For the land-lovers, or for a change of scenery from the beach, grab a bike (and some water) and cycle down to the lighthouse (around 45 minutes), or for a closer experience, peddle over to the private beach for a quick swim and back again (around 15 minutes).
The Nuarro peninsula has a large variety of birds, and this is an informal activity, that all guests partake in (whether they want to or not), as the sounds and sights of the feathered friends are a ‘normal’ daily sight. If you venture out to the mangrove by kayak, you have a good chance of seeing various species of kingfisher. In and around the lodge, you are likely to see the lilac breasted rollers, and the brutalise coucal, to name but a few.
A dream comes true during your Beach Picnic. The ultimate indulgence! Allow yourself to be taken by boat (or road) to one of the deserted beaches and enjoy a delicious picnic prepared by the chef of the restaurant at Nuarro. Spend your day soaking up the sun, reading a great book, swimming in the sea and tantalising your taste buds with Chef’s wonderful array of beach snacks, which include fresh wraps, samosa’s and other delectable surprises!
Nuarro Bush & Night Drive
As the sun beats down on the Nuarro bush we offer you an opportunity to discover Nuarro.
The bush drive awaits you for a thrilling adventure and an epic 2 hours of driving 9.8km around the Nuarro reserve discovering multitudes of amazing insects, animals and the splendour of healthy tree and plant species. Some of the animals you may see; civet and genet cat, mongoose, monitor lizard, snakes, vervet monkey, black back jackal, bat eared fox, fruit bats.
Enjoy the drive in our open Toyota Land Cruiser driving among baobab trees and finding hidden caves. Nuarro boasts an abundance of bird life such as fish eagles, snake eagles, sunbirds, woodpeckers and so much more.
A visit to our healthy mangrove network and saltpans is a must do. Exploring hidden beaches and dry riverbeds ounce flowing with water and coves with century old fossils imbedded in the rock.
As the sun sets and the moon rises over Nuarro with the stars ablaze we get ready for the excitement of the Nuarro night drive.
With the night falling upon Nuarro and the spotlights on we begin to drive and find the illusive greater bush babies and lessor bush baby with an informative guide and knowledge about the Nuarro bush.
As the drive progresses the chance of seeing the night predators becomes even greater such as the civet cat and genet cat hunting down their prey.
The nightjars are abundant as well as the eagle owls or perhaps the sight of the red-billed hornbill sleeping on his perch high up in a tree.
After an exhilarating night drive we end off with a feast for a king in our restaurant discussing the thrill of the night drive and what we may have seen over a glass of chilled wine.
The dhow is a traditional boat used by locals for transporting goods and for fishing in the bay. Pack some sundowners and snacks and you can sail a beautiful hand crafted local dhow. It is imperative that a booking is made for this prior to your arrival, as we do not have our own dhow and prefer to support the local community, which takes some arranging. Sailing trip on this elegant wooden boat is an experience that all guests entering Mozambique should have!
Simply spectacular is the Sea Kayaking activity in the bay. Visit the pristine beaches situated between majestic rock formations. Pamper yourself with a delicious picnic delivery. Do not forget to kayak through the mangroves. An experience never to be forgotten. Nuarro has 3 single and 2 double kayaks (Nomad Feelfree) sit on top sea kayaks that can either be taken by the confident paddlers for an early morning or sunset (or anytime) kayak. Some guests have had some wonderful dolphin (and even whale) interactions on our sea kayaks in the past, so try your luck! Guided tours through the mangroves … The mangrove trip departs by boat, which takes around 20 minutes to the entrance of the mangrove, where the kayak route will start for around 30-45 minutes. The tour can only be done between the tides to be able to see crabs, mudskippers and some birds, like the kingfisher.
Cultural Village Tour
From Nuarro you can easily go for a Cultural Village Tour and visit the local village of Nanatha where you can meet the local Macua population. Learn more about the work that Nuarro is doing, and how your stay at Nuarro contributes to the village and the community. Visit the school and meet the teachers. Have a tour through the Mosque, and wonder around to the football field, where you may be lucky enough to catch a competitive, but festive game! The tour is taken by our community representative, Feliciano and takes around 1 hour, but you can really make this as long or as short as you like!