8-Day Quirimbas Island Hopping Dhow Safari 2016:Mozambique Safari Tours & Holidays
|Highlights:||Quirimbas Archipelago (Beach), Ulumbwa, Matemo Island(Quirimbas Archipelago), Ibo Island (Quirimbas Archipelago), Pemba International Airport|
|Tour type:||Medium group - Mid-range - Camping & Lodge|
If you fancy a Robin Crusoe adventure, this journey is for you. A great way to explore the pristine northern Mozambique coastline. Enjoy great food caught fresh from the surrounding seas, spend 2 nights camping on a deserted island, sip cocktails at sunset on our traditional dhow, snorkel the unbleached coral reefs, catch a tan, be up for a typical bush bath and shower, enjoy early morning kayak excursions, go birding. A perfect family holiday or a romantic escape.
Day 1-2: Quirimbas Archipelago
You'll be met on arrival at the airport for onward road transfer to Mucojo (approx 3 hours) followed by dhow transfer to Mogundula Island.
In our opinion Mogundula Island is one of the best islands in the archipelago (and the reason for spending 2 nights there), it's a fantastic base to explore the area.
Known by the locals as 'the island with the sacred lake' it offers some amazing bird watching, excellent swimming off the pristine sandbank beach and great snorkeling. Our mobile camp is set under the shade of trees - you usually have this magical uninhabited island to yourself!
Mogundula lies just 4 kilometres off mainland Northern Mozambique. An uninhabited tropical paradise and chic castaway spot with a couple of secluded beaches, lake and coconut tree forests. It's also home to some of the most unspoiled and unexplored ecosystems in the Indian Ocean - perfect of you're looking for a little escape!
Day 3: Depart Mogundula for the Ulumbwa Estuary
Sail into crystal clear water and snokel the pristine corals. Heading for the Ulumbwa river mouth where the shoreline is dotted with fascinating rural fishing villages. Your chance to camp in the open Mozambique bush.
This phenomenal park is based around the 32 islands of the Quirimbas archipelago and their surrounding coral reefs, which create a haven for a dazzling array of tropical marine life and offer superb diving, fishing and snorkelling opportunities. Dubbed the ‘African Caribbean’ the region is an idyllic eco-tourism destination, with accommodation offered in luxurious lodges and more rustic beachfront huts. The park takes in Ibo Island, a World Heritage Site with an eclectic wealth of exquisite ancient architecture.
Everyday is quite flexible and you can choose from a wide variety of sea based options. Your guide is an expert in these waters and has captained many dhow trips. He'll be able to advise on the best spots for fishing, snorkeling, swimming, island picnics etc.
Day 4: Quirimbas National Park
Enjoy an early morning sail along the turquoise clear waters of the Ulumbwa estuary taking in the beautiful scenery. Look out for the variety of birds & mangroves en-route.
During the afternoon tour of the fishing villages you'll discover the ways of these fisher folk (interpreted by your knowledgeable guide).
Stop off on the southern tip of Matemo Island and explore this part of the island before returning to camp at Ulumbwa for the night.
This is your last night as a sailor. In the morning you'll set sail for Ibo Town to check in for three nights to the comfortable and well situated Ibo Lodge.
Day 5: Set sail for Ibo Town
Ibo Island has been described as one of the most unique and atmospheric islands in the world. Located on the prime waterfront site. Ibo Island lodge encompasses magnificent mansions each over one hundred years old. Coral and lime walls over a meter thick, high lofty ceilings and original beams. Ibo Island is a potential World Heritage Site, therefore the rooms have been designed to incorporate the architecture and style of the original ruins. Accommodation is in stylish, beautifully elegant rooms with locally handcrafted furniture. All 9 bedrooms are have a king size 4 poster or twin bed with crisp cotton linen and Indian silk throws. Rooms lead onto wide verandas with plantation style chairs. For all its tranquility and ambience Ibo Island Lodge also offers a diverse range of activities and experiences.
Day 6-7: Ibo Island Lodge
Explore the depths of Ibo's 200 year old ghost town and 16th Century forts - a fascinating journey into an era long forgotten. Probably the most compelling attraction in the Quirimbas Archipelago.
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, a way of life that hasn't changed for hundreds of years. Wander around the mysterious ruins, forts and ancient trade buildings and absorb the fascinating history of Ibo Island.
Zambezi tips... The island is totally uncommercialised and not many tourists are seen here. Its safe and easy to wander around the buildings, or investigate the shore front. The fort is well worth a visit, but there are also many sea options available. Activities include: Sand bank experience, Ibo of yesterday guided historical experience, scuba diving, dolphin safari encounter, guided sea kayak excursion.
Day 8: The perfect dpearture
You'll take flight over the beautiful islands and turquoise waters to Pemba International Airport to connect to your next destination.
Please note this safari includes the following:
Meet and greet in Pemba and road transfer to Mucoja (or Arimba if northbound).
4 nights island and mainland hopping by dhow Overnight island, river and beach camps.
All camping and catering equipment included (sleeping bag, pillow and towel supplied).
Experienced English and Portuguese speaking crew.
3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge on full board basis (excluding all drinks)
Guided Tour of Ibo Island.
Light aircraft transfer from Ibo Island back to Pemba.
Excludes: Int. airfares. All drinks, personal bar account, bottled water.
Zambezi tip... Your dhow safari is best clipped on to the end of your safari holiday, or you could opt to spend longer on the beach by adding on a few more days on a different island, in a different part Mozambique. Ask us for other options if you're interested.