Sail around the Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique in a traditional dhow, camping on small deserted islands for 4 nights and exploring by day. The final 3 nights are at luxurious Ibo Island Lodge, on Ibo Island. Both set group departures and private trips are available (minimum two people), all led by professional English speaking guide and Mozambican crew.
First stop is Mogundula Island, completely uninhabited, and one of the most unspoilt and forgotten tropical islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago. It lies in calm, aquamarine waters, just 7 km from the mainland, with a perfect reef and a pristine 100 metre beach. It’s ideal for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Continue to Rolas Island and then on to Matemo Island. Walk-in dome tents are provided and staff are on hand to set up camp and prepare fresh, locally sourced meals prepared over open fires, whilst you sit with your feet in the sand! At Ibo you can immerse yourself in the local history and culture or simply relax at the pool.
This trip runs both as a schedule group depature and as a private group tour. See Pricing info or ring us on 020 7666 1250.
Depart on overnight flight from London Heathrow to Pemba via Johannesburg.
On arrival you will be met and transferred by road (+/-3 hours) through parts of Quirimbas National Park, to Mucojo a little coastal village. Here you will board a traditional dhow, still built using century old traditions, to the uninhabited Mogundula Island for a 2-night stay, which is a perfect base to explore this area.
Your comfortable, mobile eco camp is usually set up under shady Chestnut trees. After a refreshing drink and introduction to your camp facilities, grab a towel and explore the island before dinner on the beach.
Just off the coast of the recently established 7,500 km2 Quirimbas National Park, is the 32 islands which make up the Quirimbas Archipelago, which protect a rich array of coral reefs, coastal forests and mangroves. Today will be spend exploring this little island with its bays, sand spit beach which offers swimming and snorkelling at all times of the tide, and inland lake with wide range of bird life.
Via Rolas Island to the mouth of the Ulumbwa River
Set sail with your experienced local guide and crew with all mobile camp equipment and supplies, heading to Rolas Island. This little island has clear waters and un-spoilt reefs to snorkel and sandy white peninsula to swim from. Local legend suggests the island is owned by the sacred, resident coconut crabs, the largest species of land crabs.
The mobile eco camp will be set up on a beach south of the Ulumbwa village for a 2-night stay.
Day trip to Matemo Island
Sail up the Ulumbwa estuary filled with birds and mangroves which thrive in this area. Afternoon fishing village visit which will be interpreted by your knowledgeable guide, giving insight into this modern rural lifestyle. Day ends with a stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island before returning to Ulumbwa Camp.
A must in any visit to the Quirimbas, Ibo Island with its 200-year-old forgotten town, catholic church and 15th century fort, this island is steeped in history and a showcase for the culture of this area. 3-night stay at Ibo Island Lodge, colonial mansion located on the waterfront restored to its former glory, to relax, unwind and take is the sights of this fascinating island.
Accommodation: Ibo Island Lodge
The island does not offer a swimming beach but this is more than made up for by the lovely large swimming pool and the daily trips to a tidal sand spit from which you can swim and snorkel. There are also kayak and nature walks available. The main attraction of this island is the history from pirates, to slavery and more recent history. The fort is now occupied by craftsmen embracing the ancient art of silversmith, producing some intricate pieces.
Return air transfer to Pemba for return overnight flight to London via Johannesburg
Pricing Information & Dates
9 day tour, from £2995 per person
Includes: return flights from London to Pemba via Johannesburg, 4 night’s pristine island hopping by traditional motorised dhow, experienced English and Portuguese speaking crew, fully catered eco and NON participation mobile camp with guide, chef and local crew, all camping and catering equipment, meals as per itinerary dine under the stars on an uninhabited island, cultural exchanges and guided tours, snorkelling and swimming usually in seclusion, 3 nights at beautiful Ibo Island Lodge on full board basis and guided historical and cultural tours of Ibo IslandExcludes: drinks, items of a personal nature, visa fees, gratuities, travel insurance and local national park fees.More about the mobile camping:Mobile safari style 3 x 3m walk-in dome tents with fitted ground sheet, insect screen, safari style stretcher beds with 2 inch high density foam mattresses, shower and beach towels and all linen. Children are accommodated in 2.4 x 2.4m tents with stretcher beds, towels and linen. Shared facilities are mobile eco camp bathrooms with hot water bush showers and toilets with amenities and a basic laundry service (no ironing required!) available.Fully guided by an English speaking professional guide with a local Mozambican dhow skipper and crew. Further service is provided with a waiter and chef whilst camping. The dhow crew will be at disposal for day trips, picnics and explorations to other close by islands and mainland villages. Double sea kayaks can be supplied for paddling or exploring and the guides are also pro canoe / kayak guides with masses of experience in these waters, please request this in advance.The main area is a 5 x 5m dining tent for meals where you are seated for meals or relax around the fire to decide the next day’s activities. Freshly prepared meals are based on locally available produced making maximum use of the fresh seafood. Minimum age is 8 years on scheduled departures.Please note due to trade winds, the direction of this trip may vary and is entirely flexible based on local conditions.
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