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“A treehouse on the ground.”

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Ponta Gamboozini Lodge
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“A treehouse on the ground.”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

This lodge goes above and beyond to satisfy each and every guest. The rooms are clean and are comfortable to sleep in. The food is brilliant and the bar is cheap. The staff meet all exceptions when travelling and make you feel right at home. Only a short walk to the beach and the local markets. Marks Dinners are the absolute highlight. Gamboozini has to be one of the most wonderful and enjoyable places to stay in Ponta .

Thanks mark

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Hah - We like to have fun at the Gamboozini Lodge and sure are pleased when our guests also enjoy themselves, that is the whole point after all! For some it may take longer than others to wind down and relax but usually everyone does and it is great to see this happen - it means that we are doing something right! Glad that you had a nice stay.

Greetings from Ponta
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I could not have asked for a better place to stay in Ponta do Ouro, Gamboozini Lodge is just a five minute walk from the beach. The hosts were wonderful, always active within the lodge, sharing their knowledge, taking an interest in your stay and Mark's dinners were definitely a highlight! The dormitories were very well priced, nicely fitted with mosquito nets and comfy beds; filtered tap water and hot showers all contributed to a great long weekend away. Gamboozini was really the most wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
December season is very different from any other time of the year. All of Ponta is extremely packed and the lodge is completely fully booked. Sometimes it is difficult to provide the same service as the rest of the year, so when you say you had a great time during the busy season we are grateful for your feedback and lets us know that we are on the right track!!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR KIND REVIEW

Greetings,
Mark von Sponeck
Gamboozini Lodge
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

This lodge offers the perfect balance of family friendliness and youthful energy. The rooms are charming and clean. The food is amazing! Cheap drinks as well! With kind, open and attentive staff always there to help. A short walk from the markets, the beach and all the must see bars. I have never felt more at home in a foreign country. I wouldn't stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
There are different place to choose from and we are thankful when you choose to stay at the Gamboozini Lodge and when you go out of your way to write us such a nice review. Thank you so much for your visit, we hope to see you again here in Ponta do Ouro...

Greetings from sunny ponta,
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is a truly relaxing spot in Ponta do Ouro. The ambience is great, especially since the hosts will bend up backwards to make you feel at home. Guaranteed to be the best food in Ponta! Simple details like mosquito nets and their own drinkable tap water really makes you feel comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thank you so much for you kind message. It does mean a lot to us to get feedback and when it is so positive it makes us know that we are on the right track. And yes we are grateful that we have such nice drinking water - it comes from our own bore-hole about 38 meters down. We look forward to another visit from you! Greetings from Ponta Do Ouro...
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

A small group of us only stayed one night, but we were overwhelmed by the warmth and caring nature of the hosts! They even woke up at 4am to answer our self-induced frantic phone call and offered help. They were not even grumpy the next day and continued to assist us in our travel needs.
The lodge is close to the beach, and about a 20-25 minute walk to the centre of town. The rooms are clean (with mosquito nets) and cozy.
Would have loved to have spent more time at Gamboozini!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Your stay was short but I am so glad that you had a nice time. You must come back another time and enjoy our camp fire and star gazing before going out on the town. We are most grateful for your comments, it is so important for us to get feedback. Warmest regards to you and your friends from all of us here at the Lodge.

Mark von Sponeck
Owner
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Maputo
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

I've spent a couple of weekends in Gamboozini, and all I can say is that is home. Mark and Elena have managed to create such a nice athmosphere around the lodge that since the very begining you feel like home. The bungalows are clean, tidy, cozy and just a couple of minutes from the beach. The food served is simple and delicious.
I'll definitely go back as soon as I can....

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

I just recently spent a long week in Maputo and was looking for a relaxing weekend. The Gamboozini lodge in Ponta du Ouro far exceeded my expectations. It truly is off the beaten path - only some 115 km from Maputo, but about a 3 hr off-road journey - well worth the time. The owners Mark and his wife, Helene go out of their way to make their guests comfortable. They are terrific hosts and truly make you feel like one of the family - making sure your accommodations are comfortable,  helping to arrange side trips (the dolphin excursion is tops) and dropping you off at the mercado or restaurants  in town. The lodge is nestled  behind a large protective sand dune and it's about a 5 minute walk to a stunning beach on the Indian Ocean. I stayed in one of the single bungalows with a double bed. It is on the small side, but very comfortable. There is mosquito netting over the bed and a private bathroom with a large shower and hot water. Everything is safe and secure.  It's off-season in Ponta right now, but that made for less crowds and a more relaxing atmosphere.  All of the meals I had were excellent. The conversations at the dinner table and around the campfire at night were very stimulating as in only my brief stay, there were travelers from Germany, Denmark, UK, Spain, South Africa and the US. I definitely will be returning here. Apparently, there is a swimming pool planned for in the near future which will be the icing on the cake. My stay there seemed like much more than just the several days - it was just what I needed. I cannot recommend this place more highly.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review, June 4, 2012
When we get such a nice review, it really brightens up our day! After a week of hard work in Maputo, Ponta is definitely the place to unwind, a well deserved break is something that we all do not take enough of. I hope that your next visit to Southern Africa will allow a little time for you to visit Ponta where you can truly enjoy, relax, sip a margarita and dip your feet into the 'icing on the cake' which should be an amazing pool, and even a sand fire pit....marshmallows allowed!

Greetings from Ponta.
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Property: Ponta Gamboozini Lodge
Address: Parcela 549, Ponta do Ouro 7000, Mozambique
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Location: Mozambique > Maputo Province > Ponta do Ouro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Ponta do Ouro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small lodge located 6 minutes walk from the main beach of Ponta Do Ouro. We have a great little bar and restaurant and have 5 cozy queen bed Bungalows with private bathrooms, a luxury bungalow with a separate bathtub and shower, AC and a balcony as well as a 10 person dorm room and two 4 person dorm rooms ideal for students and friends. We help to organize all activities ranging from Dolphin swimming and scuba diving to deep sea fishing and nature walks. Great for couples, groups or the single traveler. Camping is also available, along with a single room. Our promise to you is when you come to visit us we will go out of our way to make sure you have the best holiday possible. ... more   less 
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