DAY 4 - Day Trip to Matemo Island
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7 Nights / 8 Days
Probably the most compelling attraction in the Quirimbas, Ibo's 200-year-old ghost town and 16th Century forts make for a fascinating journey to an era long forgotten. The Ibo Island guided Experience (included) provides a chance to interact with the amazingly friendly local people and observe their unique island culture and heritage and a way of life that has not changed for hundreds of years.
DAY 5, 6 & 7 - Ulumbwa Region to Ibo Island
Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you en route, but before enjoy an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary viewing a variety of birds & mangroves that thrive in this area. In the afternoon, take a tour through this fishing village getting to know the ways of these fisher folk as interpreted by your knowledgeable guide. We will stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island and explore this part of the island. Returning to our camp at Ulumbwa.
Overnight: Eco Camping, Ulumbwa
The Quirimba Archipelago islands are situated off the coast of northern Mozambique close to Pemba on the mainland. Arab trading posts and Portuguese trading routes dominated the seas many decades ago and today many of these 34 islands remain uninhabited.
The Ilhas Quirimbas are a Mozambique cultural and natural heritage, all partly linked to the coast by sand bars, coral reefs, mangroves and water rich in marine life. The Islands of Ibo, Quisiva and Matemo feature old Portuguese settlements with pre-colonial Swahili settlements. There is evidence that the culture today is a potpourri of influences from Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.
This Mozambique conservation area contains outstanding global value due to its mangrove, sea grasses, sandy and rocky shores habitats – important feeding areas for turtle, crab plovers and migratory birds. Bottlenose and humpback dolphins and whales breed here too.
DAY 3 - Mogundula Island to Ulumbwa
Ibo Island Lodge
Described as one of the most magical, atmospheric and unique lodges in Africa, Ibo Island Lodge is made up of three impressive mansions, sensitively restored to their former glory and opened as a luxury boutique hotel in December 2006. Mansions Bela Vista, Niassa, and Paradiso are located on the prime waterfront site of the island, where romantic dhows sail out to sea on each high tide, and offering guests outstanding views. Each mansion is over one hundred years old, set in tropical gardens, with walls over a meter thick, lofty high ceilings and elegant colonial pillars. There are a total of 14 rooms all air-conditioned with ceiling fans and all individually designed and lovingly renovated to stay authentic to Ibo’s history and original architecture.
Sail the Indian Ocean in a traditional Arab dhow.
Explore from one tropical island to another in the awesome Quirimbas Archipelago northern Mozambique.
Combine with the luxury Ibo Island Lodge for an unforgettable holiday experience.
An included beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you to Pemba International Airport from Ibo Island Lodge.
DAY 8 - Departure: Ibo Island to Pemba
Located where the South Equatorial Current meets the African coast and part of the Mtwara-Quirimbas Complex, the Quirimbas Archipelago is considered a key biodiversity site (seascapes) of global importance in the Eastern African Marine Ecoregion.
From its extensive complex of reefs with high coral diversity, diverse range of habitats including mangroves, seagrasses, sandy and rocky shores, the site is considered to be of outstanding universal value in terms of its terrestrial and marine biodiversity.
The Quirimbas Archipelago is important feeding area for turtle, crab plovers and migratory birds. The site is also known to be important nursery area for bottlenose and humpback dolphins and whales. The Quirimbas Archipelago is clearly a significant habitat for a significant diversity of African biota.
The more southerly eleven islands, such as Quisiva, Quirimba, Ibo and Matemo, and other six districts of Cabo Delgado are integrated within the Quirimbas National Park (QNP).
The Park, gazetted in 2002, is primarily terrestrial covering a total area 7,500 km2, of which 25-30% is a marine.
You will be met at the airport and shown to your transfer vehicle for the approx. 3-hour road transfer to Mucojo. Arrive Mucojo and dhow transfer to Mogundula Island. Known by the locals as the island with the sacred lake it provides us with beautiful bird watching, pristine swimming off the sandbank beach and excellent snorkeling. Our mobile camp is set under the shade of trees and you usually have this magical uninhabited island to yourself!
Overnight: Mogundula Island Eco camp
The Mobile Eco Camp
Guests sleep in mobile safari style 3m by 3m walk in dome tents with fitted ground sheet, insect screen, safari style stretcher beds with 2 inch high density foam mattresses, shower & beach towels, linen and sleeping bag. Children are accommodated in 2,4m by 2,4 m tents with stretcher beds, towels and sleeping bag. Mobile eco camp bathrooms include bush showers and bush toilets. Basic laundry service on request (no ironing required!)
A 5m by 5m dining and tent accommodates guests for meals which are either served sit down table cloth style or more relaxed around the fire with your toes in the sand. Yours to decide each day. All meals are prepared by the chef with an accent on fresh seafood.
DAY 1 & 2 - Arrive Pemba - Dhow transfer Mogundula Island
Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate the lodge with various verandas, tropical gardens and a spectacular roof top restaurant that provides the ideal venue to watch the sun go down.
Overnight: Ibo Island Lodge
Depart Mogundula for your exploration into the Quirimbas Archipelago! Sail into the clearest of blue water with pristine corals below to explore under snorkel. The Ulumbwa river mouth beckons and it is here where fascinating rural fishing villages dot the shore. Your chance to camp in the open Mozambique bush south of Ulumbwa.
Overnight: Eco Camping, Ulumbwa