• Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Ibo Island

Guided historical & cultural island tours in Mozambique

Guided Ibo of Yesterday Tour

Ibo hosts one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique, after Ilha de Mozambique. The main trading centre was on Quirimba Island to the south of Ibo. Trading throughout the Quirimbas Islands was in amber, jet, ivory, turtle shell and people.

Experience a guided journey recounting the history of Ibo, and introducing Ibo Island of yesterday. Old forts and ancient romantic buildings are full of intriguing stories and legends. Crumbling colonial homes and elegant architecture dating back to the 1500’s, all have a page in Ibo’s history book.

Once Mozambique’s mighty trading centre, Ibo Island has remained all but forgotten to the outside world for almost a century. Wander around this colonial little island town and hear tales of pirates and prisoners, turtle shells and silver. Explore old forts and ancient romantic buildings where you can almost feel the history and fascinating stories crunching under your feet. ‘How did all this come to be here, so far away from anything else’?

Guided Ibo of Today Tour

Ibo Island Lodge offers it’s hugely popular Ibo of today experience complementary for every guest. Discover a fascinating blend of people, and embark on a personal discovery of people, culture and beliefs, all indelibly intertwined. Get the chance to interact with the friendly people of Ibo and understand the unique and traditional culture in Mozambique. Discover how Muslim and African traditions have blended to create a way of life unique to Ibo. Visit the local witch doctor, meet some of the islanders, get an “Ibo face-mask” or enjoy a game of football.

 

Mozambique’s history has ensured that cultures have met and mingled. The people of Ibo are a blend of European, Indian, Arabic and Chinese. In addition to this, old Mozambique tribal customs and tribal religions are still respected and followed on the island. All this creating an explosive way of life, completely unique to Ibo Island.

 

In Ibo Island we had found a worthy match with Lamu (Kenya) where we used to go in years past. The lodge is simply wonderful with its comfort and charm and excellent hospitality. The Lodge Manager and staff have been lovely hosts; everyone going out of their way to create a memorable 70th birthday experience. Definitely hope to be back.

A quality of personnel that matches the ambience of the space. A rare and valuable achievement.

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