Quirimbas Archipelago Dhow Safari

Sail around the Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique in a traditional dhow, camping on small deserted islands for 4 nights and exploring by day. The final 3 nights are at luxurious Ibo Island Lodge, on Ibo Island. Both set group departures and private trips are available (minimum two people), all led by professional English speaking guide and Mozambican crew.

Safari tour package:
A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Price per person*:
$3775
Includes internal flights:
Yes
Length of safari:
9 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
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*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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On this trip you will visit:
Quirimbas

Day 1
Depart on overnight flight from London Heathrow to Pemba via Johannesburg.
Day 2
Mogundula Island
On arrival you will be met and transferred by road (+/-3 hours) through parts of Quirimbas National Park, to Mucojo a little coastal village. Here you will board a traditional dhow, still built using century old traditions, to the uninhabited Mogundula Island for a 2-night stay, which is a perfect base to explore this area.

Your comfortable, mobile eco camp is usually set up under shady Chestnut trees. After a refreshing drink and introduction to your camp facilities, grab a towel and explore the island before dinner on the beach.
Day 3
Mogundula Island
Just off the coast of the recently established 7,500 km2 Quirimbas National Park, is the 32 islands which make up the Quirimbas Archipelago, which protect a rich array of coral reefs, coastal forests and mangroves. Today will be spend exploring this little island with its bays, sand spit beach which offers swimming and snorkelling at all times of the tide, and inland lake with wide range of bird life.
Day 4
Via Rolas Island to the mouth of the Ulumbwa River
Set sail with your experienced local guide and crew with all mobile camp equipment and supplies, heading to Rolas Island. This little island has clear waters and un-spoilt reefs to snorkel and sandy white peninsula to swim from. Local legend suggests the island is owned by the sacred, resident coconut crabs, the largest species of land crabs.

The mobile eco camp will be set up on a beach south of the Ulumbwa village for a 2-night stay.
Day 5
Day trip to Matemo Island
Sail up the Ulumbwa estuary filled with birds and mangroves which thrive in this area. Afternoon fishing village visit which will be interpreted by your knowledgeable guide, giving insight into this modern rural lifestyle. Day ends with a stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island before returning to Ulumbwa Camp.
Day 6
Ibo Island
A must in any visit to the Quirimbas, Ibo Island with its 200-year-old forgotten town, catholic church and 15th century fort, this island is steeped in history and a showcase for the culture of this area. 3-night stay at Ibo Island Lodge, colonial mansion located on the waterfront restored to its former glory, to relax, unwind and take is the sights of this fascinating island.
Accommodation: Ibo Island Lodge
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Days 7 - 8
Ibo Island
The island does not offer a swimming beach but this is more than made up for by the lovely large swimming pool and the daily trips to a tidal sand spit from which you can swim and snorkel. There are also kayak and nature walks available. The main attraction of this island is the history from pirates, to slavery and more recent history. The fort is now occupied by craftsmen embracing the ancient art of silversmith, producing some intricate pieces.
Day 9
Return air transfer to Pemba for return overnight flight to London via Johannesburg

On this trip you will visit:

Quirimbas

Day 1
Depart on overnight flight from London Heathrow to Pemba via Johannesburg.
Day 2

Mogundula Island


On arrival you will be met and transferred by road (+/-3 hours) through parts of Quirimbas National Park, to Mucojo a little coastal village. Here you will board a traditional dhow, still built using century old traditions, to the uninhabited Mogundula Island for a 2-night stay, which is a perfect base to explore this area.

Your comfortable, mobile eco camp is usually set up under shady Chestnut trees. After a refreshing drink and introduction to your camp facilities, grab a towel and explore the island before dinner on the beach.

Day 3
Mogundula Island
Just off the coast of the recently established 7,500 km2 Quirimbas National Park, is the 32 islands which make up the Quirimbas Archipelago, which protect a rich array of coral reefs, coastal forests and mangroves. Today will be spend exploring this little island with its bays, sand spit beach which offers swimming and snorkelling at all times of the tide, and inland lake with wide range of bird life.
Day 4
Via Rolas Island to the mouth of the Ulumbwa River
Set sail with your experienced local guide and crew with all mobile camp equipment and supplies, heading to Rolas Island. This little island has clear waters and un-spoilt reefs to snorkel and sandy white peninsula to swim from. Local legend suggests the island is owned by the sacred, resident coconut crabs, the largest species of land crabs. 

The mobile eco camp will be set up on a beach south of the Ulumbwa village for a 2-night stay.
Day 5
Day trip to Matemo Island
Sail up the Ulumbwa estuary filled with birds and mangroves which thrive in this area. Afternoon fishing village visit which will be interpreted by your knowledgeable guide, giving insight into this modern rural lifestyle. Day ends with a stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island before returning to Ulumbwa Camp.
Day 6
Ibo Island
A must in any visit to the Quirimbas, Ibo Island with its 200-year-old forgotten town, catholic church and 15th century fort, this island is steeped in history and a showcase for the culture of this area. 3-night stay at Ibo Island Lodge, colonial mansion located on the waterfront restored to its former glory, to relax, unwind and take is the sights of this fascinating island.
Accommodation: Ibo Island Lodge
More hotel info
Days 7 - 8
Ibo Island
The island does not offer a swimming beach but this is more than made up for by the lovely large swimming pool and the daily trips to a tidal sand spit from which you can swim and snorkel. There are also kayak and nature walks available. The main attraction of this island is the history from pirates, to slavery and more recent history. The fort is now occupied by craftsmen embracing the ancient art of silversmith, producing some intricate pieces.
Day 9
Return air transfer to Pemba for return overnight flight to London via Johannesburg

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  • Mobile eco camps
  • Ulumbwa Camp
  • Ibo Island Lodge

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- We offer private/custom safaris
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Since: Mar 2013

Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
Elephant
Elephant
Hyena
Hyena
Leopard
Leopard
Lion
Lion
Mongoose
Mongoose
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Activities you can do

Horseback riding
Horseback riding
Beaches
Beaches
Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
Fishing
Fishing
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