Friday, March 18, 2011

Exploring Mozambique

Mozambique is a specialty destination of New Frontiers Tours, and we highly recommend adding a beach extension to any Southern African safari or delving a bit deeper and exploring this exotic and remote African country with one of our 10-12 day private tours. Our team in South Africa has extensively explored Mozambique and has in-depth, first-hand experience designing tours throughout the country. Thanks to the team in Durban, response times are fast (within 24-hours) and logistics of flights and complicated transfers inside Mozambique are made easy!

Comair, who operates British Airways in Southern Africa and the low-cost carrier, Kulula, has expanded their network into Mozambique's Maputo airport. The airline will offer daily return flights Monday through Friday, plus double flights on select days of the week. Additionally, flights into Pemba make access to the Ibo and and the Quirimbas Archipelago possible.


Day 1 Johannesburg/ Pemba

Ibo Island Lodge lies in the Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique and is accessed from Pemba via a scenic 30 minute flight over the Quirimbas National Park to land on magical Ibo Island. The lodge follows the architecture and style of the original ruins of the age old plantations style Ibo Mansions. The coral and lime walls are over a meter thick, wide verandas are framed by strong pillars and lofty ceilings bear the original beams.On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met at the door of the plane by your VIP meet and greet who will hand over your documents and escort you to your flight to Pemba in Mozambique. On arrival you will be met and transferred by short charter hop to Ibo Island for your 3 night stay.

Wide doorways and oversized rooms dwarf the chunky furniture, the heavy travelling chests and the stylish couches. Meals of prawns, game fish, lobster and freshly grown herbs, salads and fruits are served indoors, on the rooftop terrace under the stars, or in the bay of Ibo itself, with the warm water lapping at your feet.

This lodge was built by the community, who directly or indirectly benefit from the success of the lodge, so your visit really does make a difference. Your stay at Ibo Island Lodge includes all meals, bottled water, a guided island historical tour, non-motorised activities and a daily transfer to a nearby private beach.

Days 2 - 3 Ibo Island

Ibo has been called one of the most atmospheric islands in the world. Historically, the island see-sawed between Portuguese and Omani-Arab rule and architectural heirlooms from this era still stand in the beautiful stone town of Ibo, reflecting this rich legacy. Ibo also bursts at the seams with culture and tradition. The community is a fascinating blend of people, all sharing in their beliefs, and all indelibly intertwined. The warm hearted friendliness of the people is the first thing that strikes you when you arrive. Pride in their island seems to burst from within them and they are not shy to share all they know with visitors. Visiting Ibo Island offers a combination of lazy beach bliss, with snorkelling and exploring the history and culture of this magical little island.

Day 4 Guludo

Today you will be transferred by boat to the Quirimbas National park on the mainland where you will spend the next 5 nights at Guludo Beach Lodge. The Quirimbas National Park is the largest marine protected area in Africa and home to pristine coral reefs, five species of turtles, calving humpback whales and grazing dugongs. Within the Park are eleven islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago which stretches all the way up to Tanzania.

Guludo is a small, intimate and exclusive lodge which has won a plethora of international awards for its design and integrity. The accommodation provides everything you need and nothing you don’t. With high roofs, gentle sea breezes, beach views, alfresco en-suite bathrooms with a stunning “loo with a view”; barefoot luxury never felt more indulgent. The essence of Guludo is relaxation and discovery. Time is spent diving over magnificent coral reefs, watching humpback whales, visiting islands and mingling in the local village.

Days 5 – 8 Guludo

Enjoy the total relaxation of this family friendly Lodge, where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy the sandy beach, or go on explorative walks through the dense bush of the National Park. Your visit assists Guludo to donate 5% of its income to the Nema Foundation, which implements a wide array of community and conservation projects. When you are not relaxing in your hammock, you can get active with scuba diving, go on visits to the bush lookout or to the Guludo village, you can also go sailing and whale watching, or try your hand at beach archery.

Day 9 Departure

Today you will check out of the lodge and will be transferred by a 3 hour road journey through the National Park to Pemba. On arrival you will board your flight to Johannesburg.

Commissionable rates per person available on request, please contact your tour consultant at New Frontiers for more information on this Mozambique tour.

Photos courtesy of New Frontiers Tours, Ibo Island Lodge and Guludo Island Lodge

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