Dhow-Safari: Sailing Holiday in Mozambique
The remote Quirimbas Archipelago, in the far north of Mozambique, is a wonderful choice for ecotourists, divers and adventurous types in search of unspoilt places. It is a captivating area which has existed in splendid isolation from the outside world for generations. Only small fishing communities have inhabited the area, and with a chain of 32 coral islands which stretch for 400kms along the Indian ocean coast, this is one of the most remote and untouched areas on the East African coast. Sustainable tourism is growing slowly, with only a few of the islands (so far) being developed with small, exclusive lodges. Along the mainland and on the islands there are vast empty stretches of beaches and just off the coast are some of the world's richest coral reefs for diving and snorkelling, making it totally irresistible and worth visiting before the rest of the world gets here. On Ibo Island, where time has stood still, you will also enjoy a taste of the country's history and culture.
Ibo Island lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and accommodates guests in beautifully simple yet elegant rooms. There are nine rooms, all elegantly decorated with Indian and Swahili fabrics and furnishings. Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate the lodge with various verandas, tropical gardens, swimming pools and a spectacular roof top restaurant that provides the ideal venue to watch the sun go down. The emphasis at Ibo Island Lodge is on complete relaxation and a base from which to explore this fascinating island.
This island hopping adventure is an exciting, original and affordable trip on Mozambique's stunning north coast, and we think one of the most memorable safaris you can do in Africa. Sail the Indian Ocean in a traditional Arab dhow, exploring from one tropical island to another in pristine waters, snorkelling, bird watching, and sleeping under the stars, finishing with a couple of nights on Ibo Island at the luxury Ibo Island Lodge. The itinerary may change according to the winds, but the itinerary will be similar to the below:
Days 1 & 2: Arrive Pemba - road transfer to Mucojo, dhow transfer to Mogundula Island
Today you will be met at Pemba Airport and transferred approximately 3 hours by road to Mucojo, where you will be met by your dhow and sail to Mogundula Island. Mogundula Island is your base for the first two nights. Known by the locals as the island with the sacred lake, you can enjoy beautiful bird watching, pristine swimming off the sandbank beach and excellent snorkelling. During your full day here you will sail in the dhow to the Pangane Peninsula or similar. The mobile camp is set under the shade of trees and you usually have this magical uninhabited island to yourself.
Day 3: Mogundula Island to Ulumbwa
Today the dhow sails from Mogundula for your exploration south 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. Tonight you will camp in the open Mozambique bush south of Ulumbwa.
Day 4: Day trip to Matemo 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.
Day 5: Ibo Island
Today you will sail to Ibo Island for the next 3 nights
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