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9 Day Quirimbas Discovery

Mozambique (Quirimbas Discovery)

Overview

Mozambique has a glorious coastline on the Indian Ocean and this tour means that you will have plenty of time for diving and snorkelling as well as seeing something of the rich heritage of this fascinating African country. Flying from Johannesburg to Nampula, you will spend a night on Ilha de Mozambique, which was once the capital and now has one of the finest collection of colonial buildings in this part of the world, as well as bustling street markets and fine cuisine. After a night staying in a traditional guesthouse, you will no doubt appreciate the luxurious Pemba Beach Hotel with its impressive infinity pool. A light aircraft will take you to Ibo Island Lodge, situated on Ibo Island, one of the 32 tropical islands that make up the breathtakingly beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago. On Ibo, deserted beaches and coral reefs are waiting to be explored. And just a boat trip away is the eco-chic Guludo Beach Lodge in the Quirimbus National Park, where you can totally relax before bidding Mozambique farewell.

Safaris

2 nights in Terraço Das Quitandas
1 night in the Pemba Beach Hotel
2 nights in Ibo Island Lodge
3 nights in Guludo Beach Lodge

Days 1 to 2 – Terraço Das Quitandas, Ilha de Mozambique
You will board your flight from Johannesburg to Nampula. After arriving at the Nampula Airport you will be met be your driver before heading off to Ilha de Mozambique by road.Similar to the island atmosphere, Terraço das Quitandas is a welcoming, simple and traditional guest house whose architecture and decoration are translated into details that link from the Europe to the east. The guesthouse offers six individually decorated air-conditioned suites with en suite bathrooms.
A continental breakfast will await you the next morning with a variety of fruit, breads, cakes and cereals. An Island tour can be organised accompanied by accredited tour guides. This Island tour can include a visit to the Palace of St Paulo, Museu de Arte Sacra, the Hindu Temple and the Fortress of San Sebastian.

Day 3 – Pemba Beach Hotel, Pemba
Sadly your time on magical Ilha has come to an end. You will be transferred back to Nampula Airport where you will board your flight for Pemba. From the Pemba Airport you will receive a transfer to the Pemba Beach Hotel.
In a region steeped in Portuguese colonial and Arabian trader history, Pemba Beach Hotel is located on stunning Wimbe Beach on the outskirts of Pemba 240 kilometres (150 miles) from the Tanzanian border. As the gateway to the pristine Quirimbas Island Archipelago, Pemba is the ideal destination for exploring new aspects of your spirit and your soul. Pemba Beach Hotel is an idyllic East African-style resort with sixty luxurious, fully equipped and air-conditioned rooms with breathtaking sea views. Savour vibrant local specialities and gourmet international food at the relaxing terrace restaurant. Recharge in the Niassa Bar and cool down in the infinity pool. Get down to business in the conference venue and business centre. If in the mood for more energetic pursuits enjoy the floodlit tennis courts or try the range of water sports including diving, big game fishing and sea cruises. The dynamic and exotic atmosphere of Pemba Beach Hotel weaves a magic that makes for a unique and indelible experience.

Days 4 to 5 – Ibo Island Lodge, Ibo Island
Today you’re off to the islands. From Pemba Airport you will take a light aircraft transfer flight across to Ibo Island Lodge. The flight is quite scenic so be sure to have your camera ready.
Ibo is just one of a string of thirty two tropical islands that make up the breathtakingly beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique. Encounter empty stretches of beach and explore some of the world’s richest coral reefs. Discover a coastline fringed by tropical islands on an ancient Arab Dhow which are still built to the same design as the vessels which a thousand years ago sailed from India. Snack on cashew nuts and tropical fruit and dine on the freshest of seafood.
Become immersed in the unchanged, ancient culture of Ibo. Take the rare chance to interact with wonderfully hospitable islanders and a journey to a forgotten era. Ibo Island Lodge is located on the prime waterfront where romantic dhows sail out to sea on each high tide. The lodge comprises three magnificent mansions each over one hundred years old with walls over a meter thick and lofty ceilings. The three mansions of Ibo Island Lodge are called Villa Paradiso, Villa Niassa and Villa Bela Vista. Accommodation is split between Paradiso and Niassa only – Bela Vista is the public area of the lodge and houses the lodge’s restaurant, shop with the main pool in the main garden. All bedrooms are individually designed and unique, with many opening onto private verandas, decked with hand crafted furniture and soft cushions covered in vibrant local fabrics.

Days 6 to 8 – Guludo Beach Lodge, Quirimbas Beach Lodge
Bid farewell to Ibo before heading off by boat to Guludo Beach Lodge which is in the beautiful Quirimbas National Park.
Guludo is a small, eco-chic lodge in the Quirimbas National Park, perfectly positioned to show off all Mozambique’s greatest treasures. Our holiday accommodation provides everything you need with high roofs, gentle sea breezes, beach views, alfresco en-suite bathrooms. Barefoot luxury never felt more indulgent.
More than just a holiday destination, Guludo has won a plethora of international awards for benefits brought to the local region. Their beautiful Adobe Bandas have been hand-built by a local workforce and designed by award-winning architects Cullum & Nightingale. They combine the best of traditional techniques with clever design features and eco-technology to provide the ultimate in barefoot luxury. A large high roof opens upwards and outwards, covering the spacious stylish Swahili-inspired veranda, hammock and traditional beach sun loungers in tranquil shade. The design takes advantage of the gentle sea breezes, ensuring the banda stays cool at all times. Below a discrete shuttered window (reminiscent of a castle’s arrow slit or lancet) sits writing desk where the morning tea, coffee and pastries are left. The sleeping area is on a raised platform boasting a lavish king-sized bed under an extravagant, hand-crafted mosquito net, ensuring the most is made of the dazzling sea views.

Day 9 - Departure
Today you will bid Mozambique farewell. You will enjoy a scenic road transfer to Pemba Airport for your flight from Pemba to Johannesburg, Dar Es Salaam or Maputo.

Location

South East Africa, north of South Africa and east of Zimbabwe.

Experiences

Most visitors to Mozambique head to the islands of Bazaruto Archipelago in the south and Quirimbas Islands in the north, however Limpopo National Park is fast gaining a reputation as a visitor destination, particularly for those seeking the bush to beach experience that Mozambique is known for. Limpopo offers a wide variety of experiences including fantastic scenery and sunsets, game (elephant, sable, lion, giraffe, zebra, impala) and bird viewing, cultural and 4x4 off-road experiences and a variety of luxury guided walking, canoeing and off-road trails. There are still communities living in villages within the park and this offers a unique cultural opportunity to observe the communities as they pass through the villages and their machambas (fields).

Accommodations

Boutique beach retreats and superb hideaways on secluded islands such as Anantara Medjumbe where you can indulge in romantic barefoot luxury.

Useful Info

Capital: Maputo 

Time: Mozambique is two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST. 

Money: The currency of Mozambique is the Metical, but the US dollar and the South African Rand are widely accepted. Traveller's cheques are hard to convert in Mozambique and it is be better to carry cash. Visa cards are one of the best cards to have with you as many places in Mozambique do not accept Mastercard. 

Health: It is advisable to get Diptheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus before travelling. A Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. There is considerable risk of malaria and appropriate measures are advisable. 

Water: It is best to only drink bottled water.

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