Ibo Island Lodge walked away with three wins in the famous 2016 Safari Awards held in London last night. A winner in 3 Mozambique categories and runner-up in one, Ibo Island Lodge was also highly commended in 2 categories. The lodge was also voted as runner-up for the best value safari lodge in the whole of Africa!
Take a look at how Ibo Island was rated top of the pile for Mozambique:
- Winner Best Value Safari Property 2016
- Winner Best Ecologically Responsible
- Winner Best Community Focused
- Runner Up Best Family Safari Experience
- Highly Commended Best Location
- Highly Commended Best Design
This means 8 awards in one night!
The judges summed it up: “Described as one of the most magical, atmospheric and unique lodges in Africa, Ibo Island Lodge is made up of three impressive mansions, sensitively restored to their former glory and located on the prime waterfront site of magical and unique Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park of northern Mozambique.”
This is some accolade as Ibo competed against several well-recognized luxury lodges in Mozambique including Azura Benguerra Island, Azura Quilalea Private Island, Vamizi Island, Nkwichi Lodge, Nuarro Lodge and White Pearl Resorts – all of which also won esteemed awards at the prize-winning event in the UK.
Last year, Ibo Island Lodge won the Safari Award for Best Community Focused. Owners Kevin and Fiona Record feel blown away by this worldwide recognition and owe it all to their passion for quality tourism, for Africa and Mozambique, their staff, the fantastic environment and the people of Ibo Island.
The Safari Awards have become a global phenomenon since they started in 2008. They are now considered an industry gold standard and have increased their categories to 20.
Judges are chosen from the best of all well-travelled, well-respected tour operators globally who are independent and well-informed in their line of work and in their regions. They have been nominated by previous Safari Award winners and finalists. They also ensure that all lodges, camps and operations presented in the Good Safari Guide are the best in Africa.
More than 4 000 assessed tour operators, travel agents and travel journalists are requested to vote for their best safari camps, lodges, houses, mobile and riding operators and wildlife organisations to create the nominees’ list.