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Quirimbas Island Day Tour

Arimba FishermanQuirimba Island, lies south of Ibo and bears important historical testimony. Initially Quirimba Island was the Capital of the Archipelago and indeed gave the string of thirty two islands its name. Because of repeated attacks from the Arab Sultanate of Zanzibar, the capital was moved to Ibo Island in the mid fifteen hundreds.
Today ruins of colonial occupation still remain on Quirimba Island and it supports fishing village and community on the island.

For the adventurous a one and a half hour walk at low tide takes us through the beautiful mangroves paths to our fascinating neighbouring Quirimba Island. Explore the village and churches where you will learn that Quirimba Island offers more than pristine beaches and tall coconut palms. Some remains of Quirimbas’ original colonial architecture are still visible, making exploring interesting. Learn tales of Arab maritime merchants sailing the seas in colourful dhows and watch the local woman weave Maluane cloth.  Meet some of the legendary Gessner family – a pioneering German family who after the 1st World War made their home on Quirimba and planted and cultivated the vast palm plantation that is still operation today.

At high tide travel ‘home’ to Ibo Island leisurely by boat through the canal that was cut by the slaves in the eighteenth century (boat travel is available both ways).

Just another unique day in Mozambique!

 

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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!