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Guided historical & cultural island tours in Mozambique

Guided Ibo of Yesterday Tour

Ibo hosts one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique, after Ilha de Mozambique. The main trading centre was on Quirimba Island to the south of Ibo. Trading throughout the Quirimbas Islands was in amber, jet, ivory, turtle shell and people.

Experience a guided journey recounting the history of Ibo, and introducing Ibo Island of yesterday. Old forts and ancient romantic buildings are full of intriguing stories and legends. Crumbling colonial homes and elegant architecture dating back to the 1500’s, all have a page in Ibo’s history book.

Once Mozambique’s mighty trading centre, Ibo Island has remained all but forgotten to the outside world for almost a century. Wander around this colonial little island town and hear tales of pirates and prisoners, turtle shells and silver. Explore old forts and ancient romantic buildings where you can almost feel the history and fascinating stories crunching under your feet. ‘How did all this come to be here, so far away from anything else’?

Guided Ibo of Today Tour

Ibo Island Lodge offers it’s hugely popular Ibo of today experience complementary for every guest. Discover a fascinating blend of people, and embark on a personal discovery of people, culture and beliefs, all indelibly intertwined. Get the chance to interact with the friendly people of Ibo and understand the unique and traditional culture in Mozambique. Discover how Muslim and African traditions have blended to create a way of life unique to Ibo. Visit the local witch doctor, meet some of the islanders, get an “Ibo face-mask” or enjoy a game of football.

 

Mozambique’s history has ensured that cultures have met and mingled. The people of Ibo are a blend of European, Indian, Arabic and Chinese. In addition to this, old Mozambique tribal customs and tribal religions are still respected and followed on the island. All this creating an explosive way of life, completely unique to Ibo Island.

 

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Dear Rob and team.
Our sojourn with you over Christmas was a holiday I’ll remember forever.  We may not have been the easiest bunch to accommodate, taking into account our range of ages – from a 10 year old to an 80-plus year old couple.  However, you really went beyond the call of duty to make our stay as comfortable as you could for all of us!

Your staff are wonderful and I had the best bird watching trip ever, with Harris.  We identified the call of the bird and then stalked it.  What fun!  Our snorkelling with Harris and Dollar was pure magic.  Your larger Dhow is a real majestic boat to travel on.  The helmsman is the most unflappable individual who calmly directed the frantic activity to unfurl the sails!  We loved watching him and voted him a master yachtsman. The kayaking trip generated great competition and turned out to be a race back home! Lots of talk about who cheated or didn’t row fast enough!!

Dollar and Harris and the staff made our holiday so memorable with their knowledge, expertise and willingness to adjust the various activities to suit everyone’s specific needs.  Nothing was too much trouble. Nacir was so willing to help with our requests for fixing a shoe, finding Ibo coffee to take home and allowing us to learn more about his island that he made some good tips on the side! Your chefs and kitchen staff truly wowed us with what they produced and our Christmas meal was truly delicious.  You were ever present and available to make the adjustments we requested with willingness and the ability to be flexible.  We probably weren’t always aware of the McGuiver- like manoeuvres you may have had to implement in order to satisfy our many requests!  Say thank you to Glynis also for her good company. Thank you so much. Wonderful!