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The epitome of barefoot, island living

Blissfully off-the-grid and located on the secluded shores of a warm turquoise lagoon in Southern Mozambique, Sussurro is the epitome of barefoot, island living with serious luxe levels and considered environmental choices that extend beyond the typical glass water bottles, most hotels settle for. The property is run on solar energy and there is zero single-use plastics, ocean- and garden-to-table cuisine, local artisanal fishing, and even a mangrove reforestation project. But it doesn’t end here. Zimbabwean-born owners Adam and Sarah dreamed, designed and physically built the property themselves with local tradesmen who are still part of the Sussurro family today. Championing local craft, every single item is 100% African-made; including woven baskets from Zimbabwe, Senufo stools from Ivory Coast, and lounge chairs handwoven on site.

A collection of 6 design-led, simple bungalows is strung out along the shore and there is a strict ‘no-shoes’ policy. Ocean-to-fork dining is complemented with produce grown on site —and the open-plan kitchen invites you to wander through, to see what chef is whipping up. There’s a stunning saltwater lap pool, yoga deck and SUP, should you be inclined to participate in something more strenuous– and scuba and water sports can also be arranged. Sussurro’s discreetly hidden beach bar serves up the most fabulous cocktails, all prepared from fresh, locally sourced produce and infused with herbs picked from the garden.  There is no better way to soak up the sunset, than one of Sussurro’s traditional Mozambican dhows. The beach here, as with many other parts is tidal – and when the tide draws back, you’ll be able to explore the hidden treasures beneath the ocean for a bit, including a pristine, untouched sandbar. It comes and goes with the ebb and flow and the timing is key for beach pursuits.

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Details

Each suite includes indoor and outdoor bathing facilities and waterfront verandahs. 

  • Off-the-grid, barefoot and understated luxury with a nod to simple island living
  • Accessed via a flight to Vilanculos, followed by a 2hr road transfer along a beach road surrounded by dramatic dunes and pretty shades of blue
  • 6 rooms, ingeniously designed, almost entirely by hand – a true labour of love
  • Warm and intuitive hospitality from the same team who helped built the property up from the ground
  • Dedicated to preserving the environment and treading lightly, while still maintaining a level of luxe
  • Brave the early morning wake-up call and head out to sea for a spot of local artisanal fishing, sustainably caught for lunch!
  • Guests can enjoy many spaces to gather and restore

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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

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It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

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On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

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