Religions and Culture

Quirimbas Archipelago99% Of the people of Ibo are of Muslim faith. This is because of the strong Arab influences in Mozambique history. In addition, islanders still respect and practice old Mozambique tribal customs and tribal religions. The common theme of daily life on Ibo Island is a creative cultural expression. A way of life made beautiful by the people. Ibo’s history has resulted in a hybrid community with unexpected splashes of European, Indian, Arabic and Chinese influences. This community, with roots reaching deep into the world, have created a way of life unique to Ibo. A way of life that captures the imagination of our guests.

quirimbas archipelago mozambiqueThe brightly colored capulana is the traditional cloth that Mozambican women wear as wrap-around skirts. Traditionally on Ibo Island, women do not buy their own capulanas, but rather the men choose and purchase the cloths for their women. If a woman owns many capulanas it is a symbol of affluence and status. A man is expected to pay lobolo if he wants to take a bride. On Ibo, it is known as ‘Mari’ and it is a process of negotiation with the parents of the bride to be. Negotiations usually include money and depending on affluence, goats, cattle, and dwellings.

Part of the island’s charm is how intimately involved Ibo’s community is with their faith and traditions, and it is yours to explore and understand as guests at Ibo Island Lodge.

Ibo Island is a truly special place – very lucky to have spent a week exploring here! A big thanks to all the friendly staff at the lodge for the delicious food, welcoming and gracious atmosphere. Thank you.(The next bit is from Francisco….! ) I have no words to describe the beauty of Ibo Island. But to say that I have loved my stay and enjoyed a lot. The dinner, the weather, the water, the people, the nature and the sea it’s all different and beautiful. To the friendly staff of the lodge my BIG THANKS for the lovely and relaxing atmosphere that you guys transmitted to me. For sure that I’ll be back to repeat that nice experience again. Thank you.

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