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Snorkel off deserted white sandbanks and into turquoise sea and sleep in mobile fly camps on uninhabited tropical islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique. Sea kayak or sail up wide coastal river mouths teeming with red listed bird species and pristine mangrove forests. Chefs conjure up fresh seafood and traditional cuisine over an open fire under island stars. All mobiles end at the mystical and ancient Ibo Island and the comfort and luxury of three nights at the beautiful Ibo Island Lodge – a perfect end to a unique adventure.

Cost of Mozambique Island and Dhow Safari Package

  • 2-3 guests: R28 700 per person sharing
  • 4-6 guests: R26 700 per person sharing
  • 7 guests or more: R24 700 per person sharing
  • Children 11 years and younger: R21 900 per person sharing

* Rates for SADC residents

Package dates

  • Throughout 2017

Package includes

  • Return international flights ex JHB-Pemba
  • Return light aircraft charter from Pemba-Ibo Island
  • Return road transfers
  • 4 nights’ island and mainland hopping by dhow. Overnight island, river and beach camps.
  • Experienced English and Portuguese speaking crew/guides
  • All meals as stated in the itinerary
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Ibo Island Lodge
  • Guided tours of Ibo Island
  • All camping and catering equipment included for island camps

Package excludes

  • All drinks, personal bar account, bottled water, etc.
  • Mozambique arrival/departure airport taxes
  • National park fees and Ibo Island development taxes
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, curio purchases, etc
  • Optional activities/excursions/transfers not specified
  • Vaccinations, visas, passports, travel and medical insurance

Type of package

  • Dhow and beach safari

Mozambique Dhow Safari itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Mucojo and Mogundula Island
You will be met at the airport and shown to your transfer vehicle for the approximate 3-hour road transfer to Mucojo. Arrive at Mucojo and dhow transfer to Mogundula Island. In our opinion Mogundula Island is one of the best islands in the archipelago which is why we spend 2 nights here giving you a fantastic base from which to explore. Known by the locals as the island with the sacred lake it provides us with beautiful bird watching, pristine swimming off the sandbank beach and excellent snorkeling. Our mobile camp is set under the shade of trees and you usually have this magical uninhabited island to yourself! Overnight camp and exploring on Mogundula Island and surrounds. Day trip by dhow to the Pangane Peninsula or similar and/or Macaloe Island from camp. Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 3: Mogundula Island to Ulumbwa
Depart Mogundula for your exploration into the Quirimbas Archipelago. Sail into the clearest of blue water with pristine corals below you can explore by snorkelling. The Ulumbwa river mouth draws you in and it is here where fascinating rural fishing villages dot the shore. You have the chance to camp in the open Mozambique bush south of Ulumbwa.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 4: Matemo Island
Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery unfold as you take an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary viewing a variety of birds and mangroves that thrive in this area. In the afternoon, take a tour through this fishing village getting to know the ways of these fisher folk as interpreted by your knowledgeable guide. We will stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island and explore this part of the island before returning to our camp at Ulumbwa.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Days 5, 6 & 7: Ulumbwa
Probably the most compelling attraction in the Quirimbas, Ibo’s 200-year-old ghost town and 16th Century forts make for a fascinating journey to an era long forgotten. The Ibo Island guided experience provides a chance to interact with the amazingly friendly local people and observe their unique island culture and heritage and a way of life that has not changed for hundreds of years. Wander around the mysterious ruins amongst forts and ancient trade buildings with many fascinating stories just waiting to be told.

Ibo Island lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and accommodates guests in beautifully simple yet elegant rooms. Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate the lodge with various verandas, tropical gardens and a spectacular roof top restaurant that provides the ideal venue to watch the sun go down. The emphasis at Ibo Island Lodge is on complete relaxation and a base from which to explore this fascinating island.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 8: Pemba
You will take a light aircraft flight over the beautiful islands and turquoise waters to Pemba International Airport from Ibo Island Lodge for your flight back home.
Breakfast. All extra’s and drinks to clients own expense.

Terms and Conditions

  • This price is based on scheduled departures only. Private departures on requested dates can be quoted accordingly.
  • Flights are subject to availability and price changes
  • This price is based on SADC rates. International rates are available on request.
  • A portion of the package is based on a dollar rate, so fluctuations in price may occur
  • A minimum of 4 people are required for departure and maximum of 10 people per trip are allowed
  • Private departures have no age restrictions
  • Rates are based on R14 to USD1