6 day Mozambique Island and Dhow Safari

Posted on 31 January 2017
Departure date: 2018 Number of nights: 5 Package price: From R25 490

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

Flights on SAA

  • 2-4 guests: R34 340 per person sharing 
  • 5-6 guests: R32 230 per person sharing 
  • 7 guests or more: R30 6120 per person sharing

Flights on LAM

  • 2-4 guests: R29 720 per person sharing 
  • 5-6 guests: R27 720 per person sharing 
  • 7 guests or more: R25 490 per person sharing 

*  Rates above only apply for the following period: 07 Jan-31 July 2018, 01 Sep-10 Dec 2018
* Peak season supplements apply for August, 11 Dec-06 Jan 2019

Package dates

  • Throughout 2018

Package includes

  • Return international flights ex JHB-Pemba on LAM or SAA
  • Return light aircraft charter from Pemba-Ibo Island
  • Return road transfers
  • 2 nights’ island and mainland hopping by dhow. Overnight island, river and beach camps (Non-participation camping)
  • 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
  • Daily transfer to Ibo Island sandbank beach
  • 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: Pemba to Ibo Island
A beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you from Pemba International Airport to Ibo Island Lodge. 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 (included) 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 tidal bay 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. Guests will have ample time at magical Ibo to explore after the dhow safari as the safari returns to Ibo for days 4 and 5 of the itinerary.
Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 2: Ibo Island to Matemo
Depart Ibo Island for your exploration north into the Quirimbas Archipelago! Sail into the clearest of blue water with pristine corals below to explore under snorkel.
Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you en route, 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.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 3: Ulumbwa Estuary
The beautiful Ulumbwa river mouth beckons and it is here where fascinating rural fishing villages dot the shore. Enjoy an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary viewing a variety of birds & mangroves that thrive in this area. We return to our beautiful beach camp set up under the palms on the shores of Matemo Island with enough time to explore Matemo, take a walk of swim.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Days 4 & 5: Matemo to Ibo Island
The emphasis at Ibo Island Lodge is a mix between guided activities and relaxation and a base from which to explore fascinating Ibo Island. Partake in guided historical and cultural tours offering outstanding photographic opportunities,  wander around the stone town and ruins and wonder how did this all come to be here so far away from the outside world. Relax at one of the pools and order ones of Kissingers cocktails, and book a massage for the ultimate island pamper. Marine based optional activities are also available at Ibo – a full PADI dive centre, sea kayaking, snorkeling and the most popular of all our dolphin encounter safaris
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.

Day 6: Ibo Island to depart Pemba
A beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you to Pemba International Airport from Ibo Island Lodge.
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
  • Single supplements apply
  • This price is based on SADC rates. International rates are available on request.
  • 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 the current rate of exchange and subject to changes at time of booking
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