Dhow Safaris – Scheduled Departures

Leave the comfort of Ibo Island Lodge for an adventure in the elements – on the island-hopping excursion of a lifetime aboard a traditional sailing dhow  bound for adventure in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Sign up for a unique Ibo Island dhow and kayak island hopping safari with the professional crew and expert guides your only company in nature for several days on the Indian Ocean.

Today’s sturdy dhows have been modernised with engines, much like a luxury yacht, and can be moored at any island.  Guests jump off and snorkel the stunning coral reefs, or kayak into broad river mouths to find colourful birds and fascinating, rare mangrove swamps. Have you ever tasted succulent crayfish grilled over an open fire?

Have you ever sipped fine wines under the stars, your toes in the sand? Now is the time to do it, when you book this island hopping dhow safari for four nights. You can tailor make your excursion to suit your needs – you may be a honeymoon couple needing solitude or a group of friends wanting to party. Families also love these holidays, away from their daily routine.

Sailing the Quirimbas Archipelago with Ibo Island Lodge, the only operator to offer such tented mobile dhow and kayak safaris in this region of Mozambique, is an opportunity not to be missed! All expeditions have the perfect ending at the magical and historical Ibo Island Lodge where guests appreciate again the fine luxury and colonial comforts of the restored mansions.

SEVEN DAY ITINERARY

Days 1: Pemba to Ibo Island: A beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you from Pemba International Airport to Ibo Island Lodge. Probably the most compelling attraction in the Quirimbas, Ibo’s 200-year-old ghost town and 16th Century forts make for a fascinating journey to an era long forgotten. The Ibo Island guided Experience (included) provides a chance to interact with the amazingly friendly local people and observe their unique island culture and heritage and a way of life that has not changed for hundreds of years.  Wander around the mysterious ruins amongst forts and ancient trade buildings with many fascinating stories just waiting to be told. Ibo Island lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and tidal bay and accommodates guests in beautifully simple yet elegant rooms. Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate the lodge with various verandas, tropical gardens and a spectacular roof top restaurant that provides the ideal venue to watch the sun go down. The emphasis at Ibo Island Lodge is a mix between guided activities and relaxation and a base from which to explore fascinating Ibo Island.Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 2: Ibo Island to Matemo: Depart Ibo Island for your exploration north into the Quirimbas Archipelago! Sail into the clearest of blue water with pristine corals below to explore under snorkel. Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you en route, in the afternoon, take a tour through this fishing village getting to know the ways of these fisher folk as interpreted by your knowledgeable guide. We will stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island and explore this part of the island. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to client’s own expense.

Day 3: Day trip to Ulumbwa Estuary: The Ulumbwa river mouth beckons and it is here where fascinating rural fishing villages dot the shore. Your chance to camp in the open Mozambique bush south of Ulumbwa. Enjoy an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary viewing a variety of birds & mangroves that thrive in this area.Returning to our camp at Matemo.Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to client’s own expense.

Days 4 & 5: Mogundula Island:In our opinion Mogundula Island is one of the best islands in the archipelago which is why we spend 2 nights here giving you a fantastic base from which to explore. Known by the locals as the island with the sacred lake it provides us with beautiful bird watching, pristine swimming off the sandbank beach and excellent snorkelling.  Our mobile camp is set under the shade of trees and you usually have this magical uninhabited island to yourself! Overnight camp and exploring on Mogundula Island and surrounds. Day trip by dhow to the Pangane Peninsula or similar and/or Macaloe Island from camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 6 & 7: Mogundula to Ibo Island: Ibo Island lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and tidal bay and accommodates guests in beautifully simple yet elegant rooms.  Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate the lodge with various verandas, tropical gardens and a spectacular roof top restaurant that provides the ideal venue to watch the sun go down. The emphasis at Ibo Island Lodge is a mix between guided activities and relaxation and a base from which to explore fascinating Ibo Island. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 8: Ibo Island to Pemba for flight out: An included beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you from Ibo Island Lodge to Pemba International Airport. Click here to view the video of our Dhow Safaris.

2016 INTERNATIONAL RATES                                                  Click here for S.A Residents Rates

RATE FOR 2 TO 3 PAX: US$2995 per person
RATE FOR 4 TO 6 PAX: US$2395 per person
RATE FOR 7 PAX OR MORE: US$2195 per person
CHILDREN 11 YEARS AND YOUNGER: US$1395 per person
PRIVATE DEPARTURES:**Please request a quote US$2995 per person based on 2 pax
US$2695 per person based on 4 pax
US$2395 per person based on 7 pax or more
Please add on return light air transfers: (non-commissionable) US$455 per person

Minimum 4 pax, Maximum 10 pax, Minimum age for scheduled departures 8 years, Private departures have no age restrictions.

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