Ibo Island Lodge is on the renowned National Geographic 50 Tours of a Lifetime this year for their unique Island Hopping Dhow Safaris!These incredible tours take tourists into the unspoilt and remote Quirimbas Archipelago on ancient sailing boats still used by local communities subsisting in the region.
That Ibo Island features on this list, highlighting the 50 Best Guided Expeditions in the world, as the only tour operator to offer fully guided mobile island hopping dhow safaris in the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago National Park, is a celebration in itself . And it is a huge accolade, considering the standards of the competition!
Think about it. A holiday atop the Indian Ocean, observingas its gentle wavesmeet the shores of more than 30 tiny islands dotted along the northern coast of Mozambique. Sail towards Tanzania embraced within the silence of a traditional seafaring Dhow.
Not only is it quite a feat for any tour company or private lodge to make the National Geographic 50 Tours of a Lifetime, but so too is it a step forward towards the realisation of a more responsible kind of travel. The tours on the list therefore have an environmental flavour to them, a taste of responsible travel, seasoned with sustainable tourism – getting back to nature.
These top guided journeys, that give the term holidays added meaning, have been selected across the continents of Africa, Asia, Central and South America, North America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and Oceana.
Imagine yourself peacefully exploring the islands of the Quirimbas – on board a magnificent, 12 meter traditional Arab dhow? You will spend your sunny days snorkelling, diving and sea kayaking. Throw in three nights of comfort at Ibo Island Lodge, with all its fascinating history and culture, and you are set for a dhow safari of a lifetime! It is like immersing yourself in another world, far from reality, the true way to really relax.
This kind of safari is like entering a forgotten world of ancient history where only a few islands are inhabited by local people and a few luxury lodges. It is a magical world away from cars and planes and noise, where only the splash of the bow on water, the bubbles of oars paddling and the sounds of the wind in the sails surround your personal space every day.
If you like to be active and discover different ocean-related activities, you can also combine your dhow safari with a sea kayaking adventure, or a deep sea diving mission. Paddle up wide coastal river mouths teeming with red listed bird species and bursting with pristine mangrove forests. Dive the coral reefs, snorkel off deserted white sandbanks into the turquoise sea then sleep deeply in mobile eco-fly camps on uninhabited tropical islands.
Your pro skipper and crew will look after all your safety and activity requirements while Ibo’s famous chef will whip up succulent seafood that will make your mouth water – all grilled over an open fire under island stars, leaving you free to soak up a once in a lifetime Mozambican Dhow Safari.
It is time to experience responsible travel as it should be, where your dhow has very little impact on the natural environment and where the mobile eco-camps on deserted islands are packed away when the dhow safari moves on.
Sustainable tourism is vital in this day and age of daunting climate change and means that every tourist, every tour operator and accommodation establishment should become more sensitive to the impacts of tourism on the natural environment and indigenous communities. As tourism increases globally, so too should the awareness about how our actions can impact on biodiversity and ancient ways of life.
Ibo Island Lodge have recognized the important role that business plays in the conservation of biodiversity, and that by employing local people from the island this will contribute towards preserving the region’s natural resources for future generations.
On Ibo Island today there are fewer traditional subsistence fishermen and more people being gainfully employed in tourism endeavours. In addition, conservation education aims to reduce the impacts of local people on threatened natural resources, while schools have been established to broaden local knowledge and open doors intothe future.
So why don’t you book your eco adventure on an island hopping dhow safari in the remote Quirimbas Archipelago and, while learning more about the region’s environment and cultures, you will learn much more about yourself…Enquire here.