Authentic Northern Mozambique: Kayak the Quirimbas and interact with the community

A traditional boat in Mozambique is known as a dhoa.
A 10 day trip to Mozambique 
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Stay and Volunteer at Ibo Lodge, Kayak in the Quirimbas and be part of the community at Guludo!

The Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the most un-spoilt destinations left on the planet. Start your adventure by exploring ancient Ibo Island from the comfort of beautiful Ibo Island Lodge: history, culture, birding, mangrove forests, sumptuous seafood, intrigue and tranquility.

  • Explore a coastline fringed by tropical islands by kayak, lead by professional guides.
  • Discover idyllic island beaches with pristine turquoise waters.
  • Snorkel some of Mozambique’s richest coral reefs and maybe catch sight of turtles, dolphins, and amazing species of fish.
  • Snack on cashew nuts, tropical fruit and fresh seafood cooked over an open fire under the stars.
  • Dazzling bird life abounds with storks, egrets and herons roosting in thick mangrove branches.
  • Mobile beach camps set up on pristine islands offer wonderful swimming, peace and exploration.
  • End off at Guludo Beach Lodge, a true eco lodge, whose bandas offer a mix of traditional and contemporary styles and have been built to the highest of environmental and social integrity. You can dive, snorkel or volunteer for one of the many projects in the nearby community. 

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General Information

Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Ibo island, Guludo Beach Virgin Islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago

Departure Dates 

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Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1-2: Arrival & Ibo Island

Pemba: The journey begins in the bustling port city of Pemba, stunningly located along Mozambique’s northern coast, overlooking the deep waters of the Indian Ocean. Filled with grandiose reminders of its colonial heritage and boasting a maritime tradition that stretches back to the Arab traders of the 13th century, Pemba is the gateway to the island gems of the Quirimbas Archipelago.

Scenic light air craft transfer from Pemba to Ibo Island, home to one of the oldest towns in Mozambique. Today, Ibo Island is one of the archipelago’s most absorbing settings. Founded as an Arab trading outpost it grew to become one of the most important slaving ports in the Portuguese colonies, a factor reflected in its rich collection of grandiose buildings and stately colonial homes. Steeped in a history that reflects its fertile mix of African, Arabic and European influences, the island is a cultural treasure trove, one that will be explored in depth over the next two days. Spend two nights at the elegant Ibo Island Lodge, a beautifully renovated set of historic mansions, whose high ceiling, tropical gardens and ocean views evoke something of the gentility of the island’s colonial past.

Fortified by the Portuguese during the 16th century, Ibo Island became central to the colonial power’s influence in East Africa, and a stroll through the fading remnants of its 18th century heart recalls a little something of its glory days. There are a number of optional activities to enjoy today, with complimentary walks that focus on Ibo’s historic and cultural legacies, as well as community projects and school visits that are geared towards showing us something of the island’s future vision. The lodge also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the island’s natural delights, with sea kayak excursions available, bicycle hire, snorkeling and diving trips and guided nature walks and bird spotting.

Overnight: Ibo Island Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Darumba River

Set sail from Ibo Island and head towards the wide expanse of the Darumba River mouth, where traditional fishing villages dot the distant shore and we get a chance to meet with some of the local fishermen who ply their timeless trade along these banks. The plan today is to sail along the coast and camp along a quiet beach somewhere between Darumba and Ulumbwa.

Overnight: Camping, includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Matemo Island

Dhows have sailed through these waters for centuries, since the Arab merchants of the 8th century arrived to trade for gold, ivory and slaves and, whilst the trading dhows of old are long gone now, these idyllic reefs and atolls have changed little since the first Arab eyes gazed out across these same breathtaking landscapes. Matemo Island sits some 6 km off the African coast, lying nearly 100 km from Pemba. Head towards the southern tip of the island to set up camp for tonight.

Overnight: Camping, includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Rolas Island

Break camp and head out this morning for the white sands and abundant reefs of Rolas Island. Legend has it that Rolas is protected by the resident coconut crabs that hide amongst the coral rock forest, waiting to exact a terrible retribution on any who despoil their island paradise! The largest land based anthropods on the planet, coconut crabs can reach up to a meter in length and weigh it at an impressive 17 kilos, and anyone brave enough to seek them out can go with one of the local fishermen, the appropriately named ‘Old Man Coconut Crab'. The waters around Rolas also provide some excellent snorkeling opportunities, while the centre of the island presents some wonderful panoramic views and a chance to look for the iconic fish eagle.

Overnight: Camping, includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6-9: Guludo Beach Lodge

Sail back to the mainland and arrive at the unique setting of Guludo Beach. Set amongst the glorious landscapes that lie along the northern reaches of the Quirimbas National Park, the beach is sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the African bush, making it a haven for an incredible diversity of wildlife.

With a wealth of options to choose from, make the most of this tropical paradise. With a fully equipped PADI dive center on hand, there are a number of choices available for diving and exploring some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world. Amongst these clear, calm turquoise waters you will find reef fish of every shape, size and color, along with turtles, sharks and coral gardens of breathtaking scope and variety. There are also optional village tours and sunset sails, while behind the resort stretches a fertile expanse of African bush that is home to elephant, antelope and primates.

With a wealth of child friendly activities such as snorkeling, archery, kayaking, SCUBA (min. 10 yrs) and the opportunity to interact with local children, Guludo makes a brilliant destination for families. In addition to enjoying all thebeauty of Guludo, you’ll notice the wonderful people working there and living in the nearby village. The owners of Guludo Beach Lodge have created an innovative and sustainable model to relieve poverty and protect the local environment. The result was Guludo Beach Lodge and its associated charity, Nema Foundation. There are multiple ways that visitors can get involved and give back. Interesting volunteer opportunities abound and include hosting a fund raising event at home, before you arrive, bringing gifts for the village kids, buying local crafts, or donating just $70 USD which can provide one year of food for a child in the School Feeding Program. Best of all, with the village close by, you are sure to be swept up in a last minute soccer game or visit with fisherman on the beach. Guludo Beach Lodge offers a positive and interactive experience for all.

Overnights - Guludo Beach Lodge

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Departure

After breakfast you’ll transfer by road back to Pemba and then fly to Johannesburg or Dar Es Salaam to depart for home or continuation of your holiday.




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