Casa Grande is an imposing holiday home on the tropical coast of Mozambique. It occupies a prime site in the village of Praia de Tofo (in the Province of Inhambane), less than 100m from the beach.
Can sleep 10 people.
Seemingly remote, Tofo is close to the town of Inhambane and its international airport, served by direct flights from South Africa’s Johannesburg ORT International. For visitors who prefer to drive from South Africa, Inhambane is located on Mozambique’s coastal road system, now in very good condition.
From South Africa, Tofo offers the ideal destination for a tour, through the Kruger National Park to the sun-drenched beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Casa Grande is adjacent to the Casa Barry resort, known internationally as the BBC’s base for its wildlife unit to film the whale shark: Tofo is renowned as the world’s capital of whale shark-watching and Casa Barry is host to the principal researchers of this unique marine species.
Casa Grande provides luxury Mozambique self-catering accommodation to a variety of guests, from couples and families to holiday groups, accommodating eight to ten persons in comfort. Absolutely no facility has been overlooked, particularly taking into account the remote location and the unreliability of public utilities.
The house is permanently staffed to ensure that it remains in prime condition at all times and that all reasonable needs are met. It provides a luxurious base from which to participate in all pastimes, from deep-sea fishing and scuba diving to surfing.
Lets of varying length are available to suit all guests’ needs.
Casa Grande has a grand name, not by choice, but simply as a result of the villagers giving it this name. It was not intended to create an illusion of grandeur, even if it provides a grand lifestyle!
The house, built on walled-in grounds of 1200 sq.m., has some 500 sq.m. under roof and is a generously spacious residence. It has a lounge on each floor and there are four bedrooms, the master bedroom having an en-suite bathroom: there is a second bathroom on the ground floor. The study serves as an occasional 5th bedroom and there are outdoor ablutions to serve the outdoor lifestyle. Dining is accommodated on the covered patio, serviced from a designer kitchen with both electric and gas cooking facilities.
An outdoor laundry room is equipped with washing machine, chest freezer and bar fridge.
Casa Grande has been built to the best international standards, not only structurally, but also in terms of plumbing and electrical installations. It is tiled throughout, well-appointed with first-class fixtures and fittings, and furnished in style as far as the tropics permit. The house is fitted to be essentially mosquito-proof, apart from being regularly sprayed to eliminate those insects which penetrate the defenses. One cannot ignore the fact that Mozambique is, unfortunately, a malarial country.
The house is equipped with a constant water supply to cater for outages in the public water system: 10 000l of fresh water is stored in tanks and is pumped to provide the house with normal water pressure. Similarly, there is a 7,5 kW generator to provide basic services, including refrigeration, in the event of municipal power failure. Utility water, for irrigation, boat-washing, etc, is provided by a borehole.
For those wishing to stay in touch with world news there is a satellite TV installation with a quality flat screen, also a DVD player for the kids’ favourite movies. Outside, the mature and well-tended garden encloses a 30 sq.m. pool which is a full 2m deep at the deep-end, permitting scuba training and testing of equipment.
The house retains the services of 3 staff, for all-day domestic service, night-time security, and general property management. The property manager is a general factotum, fluent in English and Portuguese, who doubles as driver of the Mitsubishi Pajero 4×4, garaged at the house. The house has a double garage, providing ample and secure vehicle accommodation.