Ibo Island Lodge Kayakers infront lodge

Sea Kayak Safaris

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.

Get a group of friends together and book this excursion, fully supported by an expert crew and professional guide.  Kayakers paddle most of the day, depending on the group’s level of fitness and expertise, and they are followed by their ‘support vehicle’ – a traditional dhow equipped with fly tents, braai grids and yummy food to whet hungry appetites.

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 SEVEN DAY ITINERARY

Days 1 & 2: Arrive Pemba – road transfer to Mucojo, dhow transfer to Mogundula Island:

You will be met at the airport and shown to your transfer vehicle for the approx. 3-hour road transfer to Mucojo. Arrive Mucojo and dhow transfer to Mogundula Island.

Spend two nights at Mogundula Island, one of the best islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago. A fantastic base from which to explore the region, this island is 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 up under shady trees and you usually have this magical 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.
Dinner. All drinks to client’s own expense.

Day 3: Start of Dhow Safari – Mogundula Island to Ulumbwa:

Depart Mogundula for your exploration into the Quirimbas Archipelago! Sail into the clearest of blue waters with pristine corals below, which you will explore when you go snorkelling.  The Ulumbwa river mouth beckons – find fascinating rural fishing villages dotted along the shore.   Your chance to camp in the open Mozambique bush south of Ulumbwa.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to client’s own expense.

Day 4: Day trip to Matemo Island:

Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you en route, but before you go, enjoy an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary, viewing a variety of birds and mangroves that thrive in this area. 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. Return later to our camp at Ulumbwa.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to client’s own expense.

Days 5, 6 & 7: Ulumbwa region to Ibo Island:

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 their many fascinating stories just waiting to be told.

Ibo Island lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and accommodates guests in beautifully simple yet elegant rooms.  Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated and the lodge features 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 on complete relaxation and it can be your base from which to explore this fascinating island.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to client’s 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.
Breakfast. All extra’s and drinks to client’s own expense.

 View some of our other activities on offer.

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