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Quirimbas Island Day Tour

Quirimbas Island Northern Mozambique

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!

We were searching for a peaceful place of beauty in a part of Africa that we have never explored before, somewhere that would give us the physical and environmental space to prepare for our marriage after three manic weeks running up to our wedding and what we have found at the lodge is just so much more…a spoil of luxury surrounded by an intriguing historical and cultural context, precious to all who stay, visit and work at the lodge. Thanks for the professionalism at the lodge, the tasty food, the beautiful sunsets, the memorable trip on the water. We wish you all the best. And hope to visit in years to come.

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