When you are a young hunter, fisherman and diver,
polishing your old hunting boots and fresh from your Open Water 1
course, it is fun to share a tent and brave the ravenous mosquitoes
with your uncouth university friends.
You shower infrequently, spend more money on beer
than food, tolerate the sand in your sleeping bag and sit out the
rain when it comes. You hunt on a shoestring budget after having
saved for years. Convenience (not to mention luxury) is low on the
in life you and your lovey are willing to sleep in a reed hut on a
rickety bed for the privilege to dive the spectacular reefs in
Mozambique or hunt in Zambia.
Then the children come. More tents, more expenses, a
4x4 trailer and solar panels - every convenience was purchased to
make life easier while camping. Friends bring their families and
your camp began to look like Tokyo by night.
It was fun.
The thing is, I am all grown up now. I have kids of
my own and my diving excursions are not paid for by income from
being a waiter at the diner any more.
What I needed was a solution for the future. My
camping and diving holidays were beginning to cost me a packet every
year and it was getting more and more expensive. That excluded
fuel, my 4x4 trailer and smart rooftop tent, solar panels, freezer,
generator, ice machine and furniture.
Most problematic of all, my wife having raised the
kids through years of hunting and fishing, bizarrely felt she
deserved some consideration during our holidays.
Now here is how I made myself famous - with one fell
swoop I raised the best-hunting/scuba/fishing husband bar way above
where you mere mortals are now.
bought shares in a villa at Tartaruga Bay near Inhambane.
Tartaruga Bay is a luxury fractional ownership
resort between Praia da Rocha and Coconut Bay and truly: it is a
total coincidence that it is directly across Manta Reef, a world top
10 diving site. It is strangely also right on the way to Niasssa and
Cahorra Bassa where there is great hunting and close to one of the
bill fishing capitals of the world.
The Mozambique hunting season is from June to
November, so because I was early, the developer helped me to fix the
normally rotating fractions in the hunting season. Contact them at
firstname.lastname@example.org to do the same - but you may already be too
With construction scheduled to start early in May
2012, I got a 5-star luxury fractional estate, fully furnished and
air conditioned. It sleeps 8 in the 4 large, sea facing bedrooms,
each with an on-suite bathroom and outside shower. The seriously
large deck comes with a pool and cool gazebo and looks out over the
Indian ocean. The folding doors of the bedroom open right up to
remind me of the camping days.
The central club house offers an activity center,
business center, pool bar, convenience store and business center.
And for my wife (how she loves me now) there is a luxury spa and 2
The 1 kilometer beach is a protected turtle nesting
site and the humpback whales come to the area to calve and mate from
July to September. But for me, the big thrills are swimming with a
whale shark and watching the mantas being serviced at the 3 cleaning
stations on manta reef.
But fractional? What is that? I found out that
fractional ownership is a small group of people owning a valuable
asset (like a villa at Tartaruga Bay) and sharing the purchase and
This lets me buy only the portion of the villa I
will actually use each year - and I really own part of the villa,
not just the time as in timeshare schemes. This means my investment
can grow and I can make a profit if I ever want to sell. I can let
my kids inherit my shares because the Mozambican Fractional Law 39
of 2007 makes my ownership perpetual - not only for 99 years like
most other developments.
if I cant use my time, I let it out and generate passive income or
send my mates there.
I pay a levy every month for maintenance, security
and services, so I just arrive at my luxury villa and everything is
spic and span and to my immense relief, there is absolutely no
expectation of maintenance forced on me.
It cost me just over $10,000 once-off for a low
season share and I got 4 of them. I also pay a measly $27 for
maintenance, services an security per share.
Best of all, I own part of the building - and
leisure property grows at 12-17% per annum, so it is a good
This means that I get to dive, fish and kayak for a
month every year while lovey spends her time in the spa or on the
deck getting herself pretty for me when I get back in the afternoon,
flush from my fishing or hunting adventure.
And all this doesnt cost me an extra cent.
heres where it gets really interesting: for a small fee I
can exchange my share in Tartaruga Bay with other luxury
destinations worldwide. I am going to dive Maldives, see Disneyland,
eat camembert in Paris, drink port in the Algarve, visit Thailand
and dive Bali.
I may even check out Mexico and the red sea or take a
luxury cruise. See
So heres how it is going to work from now on: I
will drop lovey off at the international airport in Inhambane and
the air-conditioned Tartaruga Bay shuttle will transfer her off to
my luxury pad - while I fly north to a truly African Adventure. If I decide to hunt Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, I
drop her off at Zimbali
www.zimbali.co.za and my hunt begins.
beauty is: I can do this in 30 countries. Classic Hunting in Africa.
Billfishing in Belize.
When I get back from my adventure, she will be
waiting for me: all exfoliated and peeled and treated and full of
Life is good.
My advice? Get yourself a share in Tartaruga Bay.
You cant apply your holiday money better and you get a world of
choice thrown in.
Send my husband of the year award to villa M6 at Tartaruga
Check it out