…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.
Welcome to Travessia Lodge.
Nestled between dunes, coastal forest and coconut palms right at the beach...
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.
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.
Heye Daun 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.
Dave Rudge and Anne BijmaCo-owners
Idealistic outdoor engineer Dave is the South African answer to Gyro Gearloose, just slightly more perfectionistic. His wife Anne is the appropriate counter part: Dutch import, with a talent for pairing vision and reason. Anne shares Dave’s passion for the African outdoor and they are both driven by the sustainable greater good. The Landrover whisperer and his wife are fluent in Portuguese and well connected with the villagers and Mozambican authorities. With Dave having spent most of 2013 on site to once more kick-off construction, they are now both back living in Cape Town with their two children.
Heye Daun and Angela NaumannCo-owners
In this combination of Namibian farm boy gone mining entrepreneur, and German journalist and communications consultant, the famous teutonic efficiency meets South African entrepreneurial thirst. Heye and Angela both enjoy coming up with and implementing ideas and are usually unable to say no when a good opportunity presents itself. Add to it a good measure of travel and adventure and you can be sure that curiosity kicks in. Heye part-time and Angela full-time, they work closely with Julie and Ryan, overseeing Travessia’s budget, procurement and marketing and managing the development. When they are not commuting between Namibia, Germany, Mozambique and wherever else business and pleasure takes them, they live in Cape Town with their two children.
Ryan and Julie GerberLodge Managers
A power package of German-Namibian organizational talent and South African can-do attitude and skills, Julie and Ryan joined Travessia in 2014, with construction still in full swing. After 14 months of desert experience, managing a lodge at the edge of the Kalahari in Namibia, the passionate travellers have opted for a change to beach, bush and palm trees. Since then they have clocked up an impressive number of kilometers in a variety of landrovers of different ages and challenges, and know almost every palm tree and its respective owner in the neighbourhood. More importantly, they continue training our team of locals in a variety of skills needed for the further extension and running of the lodge and, due to their open minded nature and real interest in the surrounding community, have gained the respect of the people of the local community and its leaders.
David Saiete (approx. 1950 - 2014)``Father of Travessia``
This image of Dave and Senhor David is in honour of the ``Father of Travessia``, David Saiete, who sadly passed away in March 2014. Senhor David was initial in establishing the partnership between the local community and Dave and Anne and took care of Travessia after Dave and Anne had to leave for South Africa and before construction was resumed in 2013. If it had not been for him, chances are that Travessia would not be what it is today. His reliability, loyalty, quiet strength and wisdom will remain unforgotten.
"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