The Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the most unspoilt destinations left on the planet and Extraordinary Journeys' itinerary for Ibo Island and Guludo was recently voted one of National Geographic's 20 Tours of a Lifetime for 2012. Start your adventure at ancient Ibo Island and the comfort of the charming Ibo Island Lodge where history, culture, birding, mangrove forests, sumptuous seafood, intrigue and tranquility are all on offer. Explore a coastline fringed by tropical islands by kayak, lead by professional guides. Discover idyllic island beaches with pristine turquoise waters. Snorkel some of Mozambique’s richest coral reefs and maybe catch sight of turtles, dolphins, and amazing species of fish. Snack on cashew nuts, tropical fruit and fresh seafood cooked over an open fire under the stars. Dazzling bird life abounds with storks, egrets and herons roosting in thick mangrove branches. Mobile beach camps set up on pristine islands offer cater to the Robinson Crusoe in all of us with wonderful swimming, and opportunities for exploration. End at Guludo Beach Lodge, a true eco lodge, whose bandas offer a mix of traditional and contemporary styles and have been built to the highest standards of environmental and social integrity. You will have the unique opportunity of working with the community on projects involving education, enterprise, health, water, education, enterprise and the environment.
Days 1 / 2 ~ Quirimbas National Park ~ Ibo Island Lodge
Upon your arrival in “Egoli" - the City of Gold, your EJ Africa representative will meet you and escort you to your SAA flight (Saturdays only) to Pemba.
Upon your arrival in “Egoli" - the City of Gold, your EJ Africa representative escorts you to your SAA flight (Saturdays only) to Pemba. As you gaze at the azure waters below, remember that Ibo Island has been a fortified trading post since the 1600s, with influence from Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese and French. Ibo Island has been described as one of the most unique and atmospheric islands in the world and is the gem of the Quirimbas Arichipelago -- nominated for World Heritage status.
Start your adventure by exploring ancient Ibo Island from the comfort of beautiful Ibo Island Lodge. Kevin and Fiona Record established the lodge when they were working on conservation projects and fell in love with the area. You will feel like you are the personal guests of knowledgeable and extraordinary hosts who share the history, culture and natural history of this amazing island. Ibo Island Lodge is fast gaining a name for its cultural and historical guided experiences and friendly people. Dine on fresh seafood of every description, and don’t forget to simply relax with a cocktail at one of the lodge’s beautiful pools and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
Overnights at Ibo Lodge Includes: All Meals and non-motorized activities
Days 3 / 4 / 5 ~ Kayaking from Ibo Lodge
Explore a coastline fringed by tropical islands on an ancient Arab dhow with a personable and knowledgeable guide.
Dazzling bird life abounds with storks, egrets and herons roosting in thick mangrove branches. Mobile beach camps set up on pristine islands offer wonderful swimming, peace and exploration. The Quirimbas National Park encompasses bush land with elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog and rare sable antelope. At sea there is yet more diversity - many rare species and unrivalled coral gardens surround the islands. In the coastal area there are five species of turtle, humpback whales and whale sharks, as well as the endangered dugong. Just off the beaches there is a huge diversity of reef fish - Napoleon wrasse, parrot and trigger fish swarm in the rich waters that embrace the coral reefs. In its short existence new species of fish have already been discovered off its shores.
Discover idyllic island beaches with pristine turquoise waters. Snorkel some of Mozambique’s richest coral reefs and maybe catch sight of turtles, dolphins, and amazing species of fish. Snack on cashew nuts, tropical fruit and fresh seafood cooked over an open fire under the stars.
Overnights at Uninhabited islands ~ Camping. Includes: All Meals
Days 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 ~ Guludo Beach Lodge
Kayak or Sail back to the mainland and arrive at the unique setting of Guludo Beach. Set amongst the glorious landscapes that lie along the northern reaches of the Quirimbas National Park, the beach is sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the African bush, making it a haven for an incredible diversity of wildlife.
With a wealth of options to choose from, make the most of this tropical paradise. With a fully equipped PADI dive center on hand, there are a number of choices available for diving and exploring some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world. Amongst these clear, calm turquoise waters you will find reef fish of every shape, size and color, along with turtles, sharks and coral gardens of breathtaking scope and variety. There are also optional village tours and sunset sails, while behind the resort stretches a fertile expanse of African bush that is home to elephant, antelope and primates.
With a wealth of child friendly activities such as snorkeling, archery, kayaking, SCUBA (min. 10 yrs) and the opportunity to interact with local children, Guludo makes a brilliant destination for families. In addition to enjoying all the beauty of Guludo, you’ll notice the wonderful people working there and living in the nearby village. The owners of Guludo Beach Lodge have created an innovative and sustainable model to relieve poverty and protect the local environment. The result was Guludo Beach Lodge and its associated charity, Nema Foundation. There are multiple ways that visitors can get involved and give back. Interesting volunteer opportunities abound and include hosting a fund raising event at home, before you arrive, bringing gifts for the village kids, buying local crafts, or donating just $70 USD which can provide one year of food for a child in the School Feeding Program. Best of all, with the village close by, you are sure to be swept up in a last minute soccer game or visit with fisherman on the beach. Guludo Beach Lodge offers a positive and interactive experience for all.
Overnights at GULUDO BEACH LODGE. Includes: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10 ~Departure
After breakfast you’ll transfer by road back to Pemba and then fly to Johannesburg or Dar Es Salaam to depart for home or continuation of your holiday.
PRICE PER PERSON: Starting at US$ 4000 per person based on double occupancy (Maximum of 12 people)
- Accommodation on a sharing basis
- National Park fees
- Internal flight to and from Johannesburg
- Flights to and from Africa. U.S. and foreign airport taxes.
- Personal and baggage insurance.
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
- Optional insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low cost group rates.
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