Deliciously warm water, a glorious endless beach and Robinson Crusoe style remoteness.


Simple luxury at its best.


Villa privacy or family escape.


So unspoilt, it feels like a secret.


True relaxation, immersed in nature.


Welcome to Travessia.


Welcome to Travessia Lodge.

Nestled between dunes, coastal forest and coconut palms right at the beach...

…Travessia is an Eco Beach Lodge that is all about understated barefoot-luxury. A mere one and a half hours drive from the airport of Inhambane, and just six kilometre of sand track away from the main road, the lodge is accessible enough for a long weekend break and yet remotely enough still to give you an instant cast-away feeling.

Take a walk on our endless beach, relax in the shade of our palm grove, paddle out or gaze at the sea from our rim-flow pool, or accept an invite from the neighboring community. Sophisticated whilst down to earth, with no-one around for miles, Travessia is for families, individual travellers and couples alike.

The Story

One fateful day, sometime in 2006, whilst collecting coconuts...

… from his piece of land at the beach of Cumbana Agricola, Senhor David bumped into some mzungu strangers in a Landrover, who were looking for land to build a beach lodge in Mozambique. He connected them with the rest of the land owners in the village, who were equally interested in embarking on this project.

Dave and Anne Rudge spent two years in a tent in the palm grove of Travessia, worked their way through acquiring the necessary permits and set up the initial infrastructure. They eventually ran out of funds and had to move back to South Africa. Two years later, now a family of four, they ventured out to find people to help them grow and turn Travessia into a reality.

Haje Dawn and Angela Naumann juggled kids, careers and coffees in Cape Town, envisioning and mentally preparing themselves for a gap year filled with creative and purposeful adventures in far-away lands, when they bumped into the Rudges. One site visit later, they proposed a concept, then scaled down other commitments to get themselves onto a new project…

Travessia is the result of a beautiful spot in the South of Mozambique, a vision, and a great team of people who made it happen, on and off site.

How to spend your time? Check our sample itineraries for inspiration.
Self-drive holidays in southern Mozambique become increasingly popular. Explore the coconut route with Travessia in your own time (and wheels). Here are some ideas, starting from Maputo or Vilankulos .
Travessia Beach Lodge is only a 2hrs 30min drive away from Vilankulos and only 1hr45min from Inhambane Airport. For flight options into Maputo, Inhambane or Vilankulos from Johannesburg and Nelspruit, check the attached overview.

The Team

We would like to say THANK YOU!! for a lovely stay we had a Travessia. It was so relaxed and Julie, who I am sure reads minds as water/coffee/wine was always offered at the RIGHT moment :-), and Ryan really made us feel at home and very special.

Sandra and Boris Leyck, Cape Town

Really spectacular and probably the best accommodation I have seen in Mozambique.

Chris Atkinson, Inhambane

A fantastic spot for families and lovers of water sport. We had a great holiday and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Julie and Ryan do a fantastic job and we will definitely be back!

Philipp Sonntag & Deborah Denzler, Windhoek

Close to paradise.

Silvia Goetzen, Hamburg