8 days from £2000pp plus international flights.
This unique island hopping tour is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique, and particularly Ibo Island.
Your adventure begins on the lovely uninhabited island of Mogundula, where camp will be set up ready for your arrival. The next day is spent exploring this pristine isle, go walking, swimming or snorkelling - the perfect way to cast off the hectic pace of life of the 21st century.
Your dhow awaits with its experienced crew. Dhow travel has a long established history in this area and is the only way to travel between the islands. Sit back and enjoy the cruise, the crystal clear waters and beautiful island scenery. During your cruise you will have plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel. These waters have some fabulous coral reefs, and you may also see dolphins, turtles and myriads of fish. This region is also rich in bird life, storks, egrets and heron abound. Discover idyllic island beaches and mangrove forests. You'll meet local fishermen and see rural fishing villages on the various islands in the archipelago.
You spend the first four nights in private island beach camps. These are fully serviced camps - the crew will handle all camp duties leaving you free to relax and enjoy the peace of each special location. All camping and catering equipment is included. Although the facilities will be limited, all camps will offer hot showers. Enjoy delicious meals, freshly cooked over the open fire under the stars.
Your adventure takes you on to Ibo Island where you have three nights at Ibo Island Lodge with its rooftop restaurant and great views. Ibo was once an important trading centre with 16th century forts and ruins to explore. Your guides will give you chance to meet local people and observe their unique island culture and way of life that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.
NB This itinerary is entirely dependent on winds and weather conditions and in some instances it may be necessary to change the planned itinerary, to travel in the reverse direction (south to north) and with visits at Quisiva, Mefuno and Quirimba islands replacing Mogundula and Matemo.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2000 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: This is a 2017 guide price. Please ask for prices for the specific dates you're interested in.
Accommodation on a twin share basis including 4 nights at island, river & beach camps (non participation) and 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge; sleeping bag, pillow and towel for the camping; meals as specified; meet and greet at Pemba and road transfer to Mucoja; 3 day crewed dhow cruise; guided tour of Ibo Island; national park fees and Ibo Island development taxes; light aircraft flight from Ibo Island to Pemba.
International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; optional activities; items of a personal nature; tips.
Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Pemba. International flights from the UK start from around £1,300, depending on season and availability. We will be happy to book your flights for you.
Departure dates: You can either join a scheduled departure (dates shown), or take this as a private tailor made trip which we can plan for you at a time that suits you.
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Time: GMT +2 hours
Flight time: No direct flights from the UK, but daily access is via Johannesburg or Dar Es Salaam. There are light aircraft connections to the more remote islands and reserves.
Language: Portuguese is widely spoken in Mozambique and remains the main language. English is understood in a few larger towns.
Visas: Most nationalities do need a visa for Mozambique
Health: This is a malarial area and several vaccinations are receommended.