Holidays Mozambique

Ibo Island Lodge – 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.


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 – beautiful bird watching, pristine swimming off the sandbank beach and excellent snorkeling. Our mobile camp is set up under  shady trees and you usually have this magical island to yourself!

Day trip by dhow to the Pangane Peninsula or similar and/or Macaloe Island from camp.

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 water with pristine corals below which you will explore when you go snorkelling. The Ulumbwa river mouth beckons – see the fascinating rural fishing villages dotted along the shore.

Day 4: Day trip to Matemo Island:

Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you en route, but only once you have enjoyed 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. We will stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island and explore this part of the island, later returning to our camp at Ulumbwa.

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. Ibo Island Lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and accommodates guests in beautifully simple yet elegant rooms.  Historic colonial mansions have been stylishly renovated and the lodge now features various verandas, tropical gardens and a spectacular roof top restaurant. The emphasis at Ibo Island Lodge is on complete relaxation and it can be your base from which to explore this fascinating island.

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.


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