2 nights in Southern Sun Muputo Hotel
2 nights in Terraco Das Quitandas, Ilha de Mozambique
1 night in Pemba Beach Hotel, Pemba
2 nights in Ibo Island Lodge, Ibo Island
7 night/8 day safari
Days 1 to 2 – Southern Sun Maputo Hotel
Welcome to Mozambique! A representative from Adams and Butler will meet you at the Maputo International Airport and then you will be transferred in an air-conditioned vehicle to the Southern Sun Maputo Hotel.
The Southern Sun Maputo is the only beachfront hotel in the city of Maputo. Situated just eight kilometres (five miles) from the International Airport, facilities include a sea view restaurant and bar, two boardrooms and fitness facility as well as free internet access in all guest rooms.
On the morning of the second day, after enjoying breakfast in the sea-view restaurant, you will meet your guide in the hotel’s reception for your half-day tour of Maputo. This tour will be of the main historical and cultural sites of Maputo including the railway station, the central market, the municipal town building, Samora Machel Memorials, Iron House, Natural History Museum, the Fort, the Polana Hotel as well as the Saturday bazaar or arts & crafts fair. The approximate duration will be 3 hours.
Days 3 to 4 – Terraco das Quitandas, Ilha de Mozambique
After breakfast a representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the Maputo International Airport for your flight to Nampula which situated in the north of Mozambique. After your arrival at Nampula Airport you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to Ilha de Mozambique (approximately two and a half hours drive). Your accommodation has been booked at Terraço das Quitandas.
Ilha de Mozambique, the country’s first capital, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. In order to explore this UNESCO site you will depart from Terraco das Quitandas on a tour that will last approximately one hour.
The churches and mosques display a fascinating mix of African, Arab and European culture and history through their beautiful architecture and art.
Architecturally, the island is divided into two parts, the City of Stone and the City of Macuto. The City of Stone comprises some 400 buildings and the major monuments. The City of Macuto, in the southern half of the island, has about 1,200 homes of poor construction.
Day 5 – Pemba Beach Hotel
Today you will be travelling to Pemba. You will drive through the beautiful countryside for five to six hours. On arrival in Pemba you will be transferred to Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa where your accommodation has been booked for one night in a courtyard room on a bed and breakfast basis.
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. For business travellers there a conference venue and a business centre available.
Days 6 To 7 – Ibo Island Lodge, Ibo Island
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and take the airport shuttle to Pemba Airport for your flight to Ibo Island, situated just north of Pemba in the unspoilt Quirimbas Archipelago. The flight is a mere twenty five minutes and will afford you spectacular views of some of the thirty two tropical islands that make up the Archipelago. You can take part in a guided historical tour of the islans, engage in water sport activities and avail of one transfer daily to the private beach (weather dependant).
Encounter empty stretches of beaches and explore some of the world’s richest coral reefs. Discover a coastline fringed by tropical islands on an ancient Arab Dhow – built the same way as those vessels which a thousand years ago sailed from India. Become immersed in the unchanged, ancient culture of Ibo and take a journey into a forgotten era while taking the chance to interact with wonderfully hospitable islanders.
Experience a guided journey introducing the Ibo Island of yesterday including old forts and ancient romantic buildings with architecture dating back to the 1500s. Once Mozambique’s mighty trading centre, Ibo Island has been all but forgotten to the outside world for almost a century. Wander around this little colonial island town and hear tales of pirates and prisoners, turtle shells and silver.
There are two tours on offer. The Ibo Island Guided Historical Experience recounts the history of Ibo and introduces the Ibo Island of today with its culture and unchanged lifestyle. The Ibo of Today Guided Experience is a guided walk of the villages of Ibo revealing the day-to-day life of the Kimwani people. Discover how Muslim and African traditions have blended to create a way of life unique to Ibo. Visit the local witch doctor, meet some of the islanders, get an “Ibo face-mask” or enjoy a game of football.
Day 8 – Departure
Today you will board your flight from Ibo to the Pemba Airport and from there to your onward journey.
South East Africa, north of South Africa and east of Zimbabwe.
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.