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Earth Day bucket list: Kisawa Sanctuary opens in Mozambique

Kisawa Sanctuary is the first project for Nina Flohr
Kisawa Sanctuary is the first project for Nina Flohr

A new eco-resort is opening on the island of Benguerra in Mozambique this week, with a commitment to preserving the environment and “people-focused hospitality”.

Kisawa Sanctuary is the first hospitality project from Nina Flohr, who said her mission with the new resort was “to create a bond between people and place”.


The property sits on 5km of coastline and features 22 bungalows and the Kisawa Residence, while wellbeing is also a key focus, with the large Natural Wellness Center taking prime position.


In its creation, Flohr said she sought to involve and create work for as many people as possible from Benguerra and the neighbouring islands, including local weavers, thatchers, carpenters and textile makers.


A patented 3D sand-printing technology, commissioned specifically for this project and based on the island, has been used wherever possible to replace less sustainable commonplace construction practices. The 3D printer and unique sand-based mortar create individually specified construction elements such as tiling and countertops, along with decorative items such as stools, tables, vases and vessels.


Unique art and antiques have also been sourced from across Africa, Flohr said, ensuring the “preservation of heritage artefacts and their remaining provenance within the continent”.


The seven culinary locations at Kisawa have a unified ethos – commitment to produce grown on-site, the practice of organic, seasonal gardening methods, a zero-waste policy and no use of processed ingredients. Kisawa has built a network of farmers and producers to ensure fresh local produce daily and also commissioned a report into local African flavours and ingredients to ensure these are woven into dishes.


Guests will have to access their own vehicle, such as electric Mini Mokes, to explore locally and will also benefit from a 24/7 personal service team, who can help on-site and with planning trips around the island and wider Bazaruto archipelago to explore the Indian Ocean, including on a traditional Mozambican dhow.


Kisawa is launching initially in soft opening phase today, with 14 bungalows and two dining venues, the Cove Mussassa – based on colourful local beach cafes – and the Barraca restaurant, plus the mobile Pizza Tuk Tuk.


The resort also features a Main Terrace with Robata counter, library, lounge area and wine cellar.

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