What could be better than fresh seafood and tropical delights cooked just for you over an open fire? Wiggle your toes in the sand and count stars in the brilliant night skies or chase Coconut crabs along the shore! Sounds exciting? Then this is the 'once in a lifetime' adventure for you! Ibo Island Lodge offers dhow, kayak and birding, mobile tented island hopping safaris in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Northern Mozambique.
With the expert leadership of your pro guide and local crew, you will sail a coastline fringed by tropical islands on a sturdy motorised 11 metre Arab dhow. You can sea kayak or sail up broad coastal river mouths with their untouched mangrove forests and prolific red listed bird species. Or, snorkel off deserted white sandbanks and swim in the turquoise seas of Mozambique.
A local chef creates mouth-watering traditional cuisine over a crackling fire and you dine on fresh seafood under the stars. You sleep overnight in mobile fly camps on deserted tropical islands. All mobile options include the mystical and ancient Ibo Island in Mozambique where you spend 3 nights at the beautiful Ibo Island Lodge in comfort and luxury. Enjoy wonderful guided historical and cultural safaris on the island.
You will board a flight from Johannesburg to Pemba International Airport, where you will be met and taken to your transfer vehicle for the 3-hour road transfer to Mucojo. On arrival at Mucojo there will be a dhow transfer to Mogundula Island. Mogundula Island is one of the best islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago.
It is a great base from which to explore, which is why you spend 2 nights here. It is known by the locals as the 'island with the sacred lake'. Mogundula offers exceptional bird watching, pristine swimming off the sandbanks and excellent snorkelling.
The camp is set up under shady trees and you have this beautiful uninhabited island all to yourself! Enjoy overnight camping and exploring on Mogundula Island and in the surroundings, also a day trip by dhow to the Pangane Peninsula, and / or Macaloe Island from the camp. Accommodation is in a mobile camp with dome tents, stretchers and all expedition equipment. Included Meals: Dinner. (all drinks for your own expense)
Azure waters and stunning scenery awaits you en-route, but first there is an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa Estuary to view a variety of birds and mangroves that flourish in this area. In the afternoon, you take a tour through the local fishing village with your knowledgeable guide, learning the ways of these fisher folk.
There will be a stop at the southern tip of Matemo Island and an opportunity to explore this part of the island. Accommodation is in a Matemo community mobile camp with dome tents, stretchers, and all expedition equipment. Included Meals: Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. (all drinks for your own expense)
Ibo Island is certainly one of the most compelling attractions in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique, with its 200-year-old ghost town and 16th Century forts. You are assured of a fascinating journey into an era that is long forgotten. The Ibo Island Guided Experience (included activity) provides an opportunity to interact with the incredibly friendly local people and observe their special island culture.
Their unique heritage and way of life has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. You can wander around mysterious ruins, forts and ancient trade buildings and uncover their secrets. Enjoy spectacular views over the waterfront and the simple, yet elegant Mozambique accommodation at Ibo Island Lodge. The lodge consists of historic colonial mansions with impressive hand-crafted furniture and high ceilings, which have been beautifully renovated.
Deep verandas and tropical gardens offer special spaces to just relax while the rooftop restaurant is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. Ibo Island Lodge is a superb base from which to explore this interesting island. Ibo Island Lodge with spectacular views over the waterfront, this historic, colonial mansion with its high ceilings has been stylishly renovated and accommodates guests in beautifully simple yet elegant rooms.
Various verandas, tropical gardens and an airy rooftop restaurant provides an ideal setting to watch the sunset. The emphasis at this Mozambique lodge is on complete relaxation and a base from which to explore this fascinating island. Accommodation is at Ibo Island Lodge. Included Meals: Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. (all drinks for your own expense)