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Travel to the Quirimbas

Travel to the Quirimbas Archipelago during the drier winter months is the best time to go – temperatures are steady, winds are low and marine animal sightings are high. June to August is popular times to go, while April to October is a safe time to go.

Average summer temperatures in the Ilhas Quirimbas Moçambique range from 21°C to 31°C.  It can be quite stifling so make sure you stay on the edge of the ocean! Average winter temperatures range from 15°C to 26°C. Rainy season arrives in mid-November and ends around April. Bring a good sun block, hat and loose clothing.

Getting to the islands is not difficult – you can easily connect to northern Mozambique from South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. Pemba is the gateway to the Quirimbas Islands – just a short island hop away. There are daily flights from Johannesburg to Pemba and regular flights from Dar-Es-Salaam and Nairobi. Most island lodges will send a representative to meet you there and transfer you either by air or sea to your island of choice. Click here to find out how to get to Ibo Island.

Travel to the Quirimbas by light air craft is often the best highlight of your holiday. Fly low over the beautiful islands and clear turquoise waters where you can sometimes spot turtles and whales in season.

Flights from Dar-Es-Salaam can be cheaper and easier, without any extra jumps. New flights are on the cards to the Archipelago from Tanzania. Contact one of our consultants to organise your trip.

Passports and Visas:

All visitors require a passport although South Africans do not require a Visa. It is advisable to get visas in advance at a Mozambican Embassy.


Visitors travelling to Mozambique do need anti-malarial medication in this malaria ridden country. Use mosquito nets, mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.

Money and tipping:

The US Dollar and South African Rand are widely accepted in Mozambique although the official currency is the Metical (Meticais plural). Most hotels and accommodation venues have credit card facilities but check first before arrival. Some activities at accommodation venues do cost extra so cash will be needed.

Standard tipping is a 10% tip for service but tipping is at the visitor’s discretion and depends on the level of service received.

Whatever you do, make sure you have fun in the Quirimbas sun when you travel to Mozambique.

Hi Fiona and Kevin

We returned on Saturday from our wonderful week at the Lodge. We will give some formal feedback and we have posted something on Tripadvisor but I just wanted to thank you personally for ensuring that our wedding anniversary celebration was such a memorable occasion. The special touches of some champagne and cake in addition to the other great meals were much appreciated and your well-trained staff all went out of their way to take good care of us all of the time. It was exactly the experience we were hoping to have.

We also want to commend you on what you have done for the island in general. I trust that it is appreciated and that you are given appropriate recognition for the difference you have made to people’s lives there; but even if it is not always fully acknowledged, I hope that it gives you a lot of satisfaction after the immense effort you must have put in to turn the Lodge into what it is today.


Congratulations and best wishes

Ibo Island Lodge
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