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About us

The team of people behind Ibo Island Lodge are both professional and dynamic. We are also deeply passionate about our lodge and product, and the positive impact it has made on this once forgotten island of Ibo.

As a team of industry professionals we have travelled Mozambique from top to bottom and spent many years promoting and packaging this unique destination to guests from all over the world.

When we first found Ibo Island we knew that we had to share this incredibly special discovery, so we built a lodge and planted our roots. Our lodge management team, guides, ground staff, housekeepers and sales and reservations team are some of the best in our industry, and we are all committed to the on-going positive growth and development of Ibo Island Lodge.

Our reservations office is in Cape Town. Our ground operations are based in Pemba and our lodge is set on Ibo Island in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique.

 

AN AWARD WINNING EXPERIENCE

At the recent Safari Awards Ibo Island Lodge was awarded the prestigious Best Value Sa Property in Africa runner up position. In the Mozambique country section we also scooped the following:

  • Best Value Safari Property: Winner Ibo Island Lodge.
  • Best Ecologically Responsible: Winner Ibo Island Lodge.
  • Best Community Focused: Winner  Ibo Island Lodge.
  • Best Safari Cuisine: Third Place Ibo Island Lodge.
  • Best Family Safari Experience: Runner Up Ibo Island Lodge
  • Best Location – Highly Commended
  • Best Design – Highly Commended

 

Kevin and Fiona Record: Founders and Owners

In many ways the profile of the company and that of its founders are one and the same story. Since 1993, when they first lost their hearts to Mozambique, Kevin and Fiona Record have invested their all into realizing their dream of establishing a truly sustainable lodge on Ibo Island as well as launching a series of brands specialising in tour operating in Mozambique.

That they have achieved their first objective on Ibo Island is evidenced by the positive impact that the lodge has made to a large portion of Ibo islands population, while maintaining a respectful relationship with its ecology and heritage.  Ibo Island Lodge, the lodge they had dreamt of for all these years, has been a labour of love. Not only by the founders, but by the local people of Ibo.

‘When we first embarked on the rehabilitation project on Ibo we know that many people thought we had bitten off way more than we could chew! The ruins we bought whilst magnificent in potential were literally swaying in the wind… Roofs open to the sky, great chunks of coral walls collapsing around us and rampant fig tree’s growing through the windows and deep into the foundations…

We’ve re-laid those foundations, preserved original tiles, shutters, panelled doors and antique pieces we found on Ibo. We dismantled ancient ruined pillars to rebuild them again. We’ve cast new roofs by hand, worked with traditional lime -purchased and handmade from the islanders and employed and imparted new skills to over 140 people all from Ibo. We planted grass, flowers and over 200 trees.

We have a huge responsibility on Ibo to show the local community the power that sustainable eco-tourism can have on their island, on their lives and on the lives of their children.  We were not just building a lodge, we were constructing hopes and dreams for a future.

Ibo Island Lodge has been a labour of love, developed with courage, passion and vision by all involved. We hope we have created a lodge as beautiful as the island itself and look forward to welcoming you to magical Ibo Island.

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Nic Moolman: General Manager

Our Friendly and very capable General Manager Nic Moolman started his career in 1987 with a Diploma in Hotel Management. He did his in-house training in Food & Beverage at the Impala Inn located in Phalaborwa, but soon after his arrival he was re-deployed by the owner in marketing that culminated in him representing the Company at Indaba-Focus. He completed his Rooms Division in-house training at the Mount Nelson Hotel under J Nicholas Sewer where he was first introduced to computerised booking systems.

Wilfred: Pro Guide and Assistant Manager

Wilfred has been with us for many years and originally hails from Zimbabwe. You will find his wonderful sense of humour delightful and his knowledge of the Quirimbas will leave no question unanswered! He started working as a guide in 1997 after acquiring my guide’s licence from Mguza Private Technical college of Lifestyle, Tours and Safaris. Trained in rifle shooting with the National Parks of Zimbabwe. He is also currently in training with PADI for his Dive Master and rescue certificate. Both Wilfred and Causemore are professional guides, phenomenal kayak paddlers, and all round wonderful human beings. They have an intimate knowledge of the Quirimbas National Park and its surrounds and a real passion for Ibo. You are in great company and in good hands.

Causemore Dzevene: Head Guide

Causemore or Cosmos as he is known to us, was introduced into the guiding industry by his German Science Teacher in 1996, when she took the class camping. His first job was at Tsoro River Safaris, where he started training as a learner guide in April 1997 and passed his Leaner Professional Guide Licence in 1999. His training covered tracking, birding, first aid, fire arms, habits & habitants, law, tourism act, guest acquaints, principals of guiding, camp management principals, survival and rescue and basic astronomy!

Cosmos passed his Canoe theory in 2000, and achieved his shooting licence in 2005 and became a full time guide in 2006. On Ibo he particularly enjoys mentoring younger guides and imparting his skills to the broader Ibo Island Lodge team.

Both Wilfred and Cosmos are professional guides, phenomenal kayak paddlers, and possess an intimate knowledge of the Quirimbas National Park and its surrounds. You will be in great company and in good hands.

Jose “Kissinger” Maquina: Food and Beverage Manager

Jose Maquina aka Kissinger is our wonderful, and highly capable Restaurant and F and B Manager at Ibo Island Lodge. Kissinger has been with the lodge since 2006 and has become world renowned for his team’s incredible cuisine, the excellent service that our guests commend us on daily and not forgetting that huge friendly smile that could power up all of Ibo! Also famous for his cocktails Kissinger is your man for all things delicious and delightful up on the roof terrace overlooking the bay of Ibo!

Sitting overlooking this view one cannot imagine or prepare oneself for such a beautiful Island . I have trodden here humbly, the dawn and dusk both mystical the pace of life here reinstalls belief in human nature. The sand bank is a world apart, magnifying the beauty of the ocean in one small and shifting fragile place. Such beauty is what happens here in Ibo. Never lose what is here now ! Never let the magic at Ibo escape from the bottle I know when I boarded the air link flight at Johannesburg . The magic was beginning but arriving at Ibo and all that I have seen smelt , touched heard here has have been beyond a dream . I have visited many beautiful places and only a few have stolen my heart. Ibo Island lodge and its people, history and culture did. It is truly spectacular.