Mobile Island Hopping Guided Mozambique Dhow Safaris

Ibo Island Lodge is the only operator to offer fully guided tailor made and scheduled departure mobile island hopping dhow and kayak safaris. This is the ultimate Mozambique Holiday Package. Under the expert leadership of a pro guide and a local crew, explore a coastline and new destination fringed by tropical islands. Combine with sea kayaking and dhow sailing up wide coastal river mouths teeming with red listed bird species and pristine mangrove forests. Snorkel off deserted white sandbanks and into turquoise sea, and sleep in mobile eco fly camps on uninhabited tropical islands. The crew conjures up fresh seafood and traditional cuisine over an open fire under island stars, leaving you free to soak up a once in a lifetime Mozambican Adventure.  We have been actively involved in northern Mozambique and Ibo Island for the last 19 years. With this knowledge we are able to offer a truly unique Mozambique Dhow Safari experience for adventurers, seeking an un-equalled island and cultural exploration in one of the last undeveloped places in Africa. This is adventure safari travel at its best! Adventurers have the option of joining schedule departures or tailor making their own adventure. Our standard itinerary includes 4 nights island hopping by dhow or kayak and 3 nights at the lodge. These trips are ideal for families or groups of friends and make the most spectacular Mozambique honeymoon!

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 to Pemba International Airport from Ibo Island Lodge. Bid farewell to one of the most unique Mozambique Islands. Breakfast. All extra’s and drinks to clients own expense.

2016 INTERNATIONAL RACK RATES

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 paxUS$2695 per person based on 4 paxUS$2395 per person based on 7 pax and more
Please add on return light air transfers:(non commissionable) US$455 per person

Itinerary as specified (NB itinerary may differ from as published)Highlights Included in the Price:

  • Meet and greet in Pemba
  • 4 Nights Island and mainland hopping by dhow. Overnight island, river and beach camps
  • Experienced English and Portuguese speaking crew.
  • NON participation mobile camp.
  • All camping and catering equipment included for island camps (sleeping bag, pillow and towel supplied)
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Occasionally breakfast and lunch may be combined into a brunch where necessary e.g. mornings with early kayak trips
  • 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge on full board basis (excluding all drinks)
  • Guided tours of Ibo Island

Highlights not Included in the Price:

  • All international airfares and related taxes/fees
  • Light air transfer and related taxes/fees (Quoted separately)
  • All meals that are not specified
  • All drinks, personal bar account, bottled water, etc.
  • National Park fees and Ibo Island development taxes
  • Mozambique arrival / departure airport taxes
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, curio purchases, etc.
  • Optional activities / excursions / transfers not specified
  • Vaccinations, visas, passports, travel and medical insurance

2016 Departure Dates Minimum 4 pax, Maximum 10 pax Minimum age for scheduled departures 8 years Private departures have no age restrictions

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