Kayak safari | Quirimbas Archipelago

Have you ever considered paddling atop the warm waters of the Indian Ocean in the Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique in a fully kitted kayak? Well now Ibo Island Lodge has added Sea Kayak Safaris to their island hopping dhow adventures – another first!

The Quirimbas Archipelago is a radical new destination that has been seen by a lucky few. Historically, Ibo Island was the trading hub of this string of islands and today has over a thousand years of history and culture for you to discover.

Paddle around deserted islands and stop for a tea break on white beaches. Oar your way into pristine mangrove swamps and river mouths where unusual creatures live, unaffected by people.

Sit back at night when your crew lights the fire, grills the lobster and pours the wonderful wine. Sleep under the stars in an eco fly tent and awake to the sounds of the waves lapping nearby.

Paddling distances can vary and time can be spent paddling off the support vessel, if weather conditions require this. Longer expedition style paddling trips are especially popular with groups and can be arranged on request.

The team have arranged and supported several trans Quirimbas paddling and sailing expeditions. We know the entire region intimately and together we can design the perfect, tailor-made itinerary.

Kayakers also have the option of joining our set schedule departures – our standard itinerary includes 4 night’s island hopping and 3 nights at the lodge. These trips are ideal for families or groups of friends and make the most spectacular honeymoon! We can cater for up to twenty paddlers at one time.

SEA KAYAKING QUIRIMBAS ADVENTURE – EXAMPLE EIGHT 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:

A beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you from Ibo Island Lodge to Pemba International Airport. (Quoted separately)
Breakfast. All extra’s and drinks to client’s own expense.

 

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

 

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