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Anvil Bay is a private and exclusive barefoot beach camp on a rare untouched stretch of coastal wilderness in Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve. The resort is owned by the local community and operated by a trust established for the community’s benefit.
Created with the smallest possible footprint to preserve the wilderness and special sense of place, the nine accommodation units are nestled in the canopy of the coastal forest, just a few steps away from the secluded white sand beach. The units blend natural materials and local craftsmanship with simple functional furnishings and fine linen. The thatch and canvas design takes advantage of the cooling ocean breezes, while outdoor lighting has been kept to a minimum in order to better see the majestic African night sky and so as to not disturb the turtles in nesting season.
One of the solutions to saving the world’s dwindling areas of wilderness relies on creating sustainable enterprise where local communities and national parks coexist.
The Mozambique government’s landmark decision to grant the Chemucane community an ecotourism concession in the Maputo Special Reserve resulted in such an opportunity. The Chemucane Tourism Company – CTC is a joint venture formed between the Chemucane community and the Bell Foundation, a philanthropic trust established for the benefit of the local community.
With funding from the World Bank and the Bell and Ford foundations, CTC, which has built and operates Anvil Bay beach camp, has already created benefits for the community in terms of skills transfer, construction and hospitality jobs, and the purchase of local materials, produce and services. In an area with little previous economic opportunity, a sustainable enterprise now exists.
Thanks to COmON Foundation, 18 members of the Chemucane community were trained in hospitality skills at the SA College for Tourism in Graaff-Reinet.
Special opening rate
A special opening rate is valid until 20 December 2016:
$260 per person sharing, per night inclusive of:
Children under the age of 12 pay 50% of the above rate.
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