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Ibo Island Lodge Wows Judges at the 2018 Safari Awards

Ibo Island Lodge has done Mozambique proud with its outstanding triumphs in the 2018 Safari Awards. The exclusive Quirimbas Archipelago island lodge scooped Best Location for the overall Africa category and won most of the awards for the Mozambique categories.

“Best position in Africa,” said the delighted owner of Ibo, Kevin Record. “And as the saying goes -position, position, position. We also notched up an additional silver in the all Africa category, and 3 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronze in the country category. A great result that we should all be very proud of!!”

So, if you are looking for an unforgettable, quality holiday safari, look no further than Ibo Island Lodge in the northern reaches of the Indian Ocean, adrift in the glorious Quirimbas Archipelago. Sea, sun, history, culture, action and relaxation – Ibo has it all for the quintessential island break.

Here are the results:

Ibo Island Lodge Results in all of Africa:

  • Best Location – Winner (Gold)
  • Best Value Safari Property – Runner up (Silver)

Ibo Island Lodge won in the Mozambique categories for:

  • Best Value Safari Property – Winner (Gold)
  • Best Community Focused Safari Property – Winner (Gold)
  • Best Location – Winner (Gold)
  • Best Family Safari Experience – Runner-up (Silver)
  • Best Design – Runner-up (Silver)
  • Best Ecologically Responsible – Third place (Bronze)
  • Best Safari Cuisine – Third place (Bronze)


Here is why:

Ibo Island Lodge is renowned for its commitment to sustainable tourism, community upliftment, historical and cultural recognition and ensuring its visitors have the time of their life. The luxury lodge offers superb accommodation in an ancient renovated mansion, romantic interludes for honeymoon couples, water sports opportunities including island hopping safaris and luxury yacht charters.

Meet real silversmiths and traditional fisherfolk while you tuck into the best seafood dinners you have ever tasted. Exquisite sunsets, glorious kayaking into the mangroves and time to sunbathe on the tidal sandbank, a secret beach unique to Ibo. Families come to be entertained in the great outdoors, to play soccer with island locals and to discover new skills be it kayaking, diving or kite surfing. They leave with a better understanding of the region’s history and culture.

No wonder the island lodge also won third place in the Mozambique category for:

  • Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
  • Best Safari Cuisine

Here is why:

Ibo Island Lodge offers an unusual nature experience. Enjoy a fascinating 90-minute walk through pristine mangrove swamps at low tide to the tiny Quirimbas Island. Hear tales of Arab maritime merchants watch huge coconut crabs climb tall palm trees. Savour the incredible experience of swimming with wild dolphins in their natural environment. And only Ibo Island Lodge offers fully guided, tailor-made, mobile island-hopping dhow and kayak safaris where you get to explore exotic islands, pristine mangroves and exquisite coral reefs.

The food is heavenly and there is plenty of it. Tuck into fish that is caught daily on traditional dhows, fresh coconuts, crunchy cashew nuts and homegrown vegetables. Indulge in the delicious local dish matapa – made from pounded cassava leaves with peanuts or cashew nuts to make a thick pesto. Sip spicy cha, or Mozambican tea while seasonings feature the freshest ingredients, bay leaves, garlic and chillies.

As if this is not all, this Mozambique beach and ocean destination was also runner-up in the Best Design section. Judges look carefully at the design and layout of the lodge to award its star.

We highly recommend Ibo Island Lodge for your next holiday excursion into the Mozambican wilderness.

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