Mozambique adventure holiday
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Description of Mozambique adventure holiday
Discover the Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique’s little known and rarely visited wilderness, on this eight-day trip. In the northeast of the country, the park includes many of the Quirimbas Islands, and lies close to Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. This archipelago was almost forgotten and has only recently opened up to the outside world.
Thick mangrove forests, craggy tropical islands and a wild aquatic world make up this remote region and the pace of life is slow. We explore this coastline on a sturdy motorised 11m Arab dhow complete with experienced crew and a professional guide, with lots of opportunity to sea kayak, swim and snorkel through the warm, blue waters of the Mozambique Channel. Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you, as well as a host of local fishermen who’ll be excited to meet and interact with you along the way. The entire archipelago is tidal so your route is carefully worked out based on local knowledge and weather and tide conditions, and the itinerary will need to be totally flexible.
This trip is true expedition-style adventure, sailing or kayaking from one tropical island to another, stopping at beaches and camping overnight on uninhabited islands. Your chef will conjure up fresh seafood and traditional cuisine over an open fire under the stars. We end this adventure with some well deserved luxury at a beautiful island lodge.
While camping on this expedition, there are no facilities whatsoever. Washing water will be limited, and meals simple and nutritious based on the dry stocks that can be carried and the availability of fresh fish and seafood. You are however assured of adventure against a backdrop of varied and pristine scenery in one of Africa’s least explored places. You will also have the services of an English speaking crew member and two Mozambican dhow crew.
1 Reviews of Mozambique adventure holiday
Reviewed on 21 Oct 2017 by Penny Horner
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Swimming with dolphins
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be flexible and enjoy the feeling of being ruled by tides and wind on the dhow safari.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I really hope so. The lodge is wonderful and is quite understated in what they do but they have taken a good eco stance and are an employer/supporter of the local population. I personally would like this aspect to be more explicit but I understand (and observed) that other guests might have different priorities.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetThis is a very low impact way to explore the Quirmibas Archipelago, using a sea kayakfor our main form of transport. Not only does this reduce noise and pollution, it is far less likely to disturb or to directly harm the endangered marine mammals we are hoping to see, i.e. humpback whales and dugongs.’(In Florida, among manatees, the dugong's nearest cousin, 53% have visible propeller scars, and collision with speedboats is estimated to have caused 80 out of 396 (20%) of all manatee deaths in 2006.)
PeopleWe shall be employing local boat crew and cooks and, wherever possible and making arrangements to camp directly with local islanders (from whom we shall also buy fish and seafood).
One of the key approaches of the Lodge that we use has been supporting and creating projects that create income and livelihoods for other members of the communities. The Lodge directly employs approx 30 permanent staff. The extended families of these staff members will rely on these salaries ie. approximately 600 people's lives on there. In addition, many third party services, food supplies and services are sourced from the island itself, directly affecting approximately another 20 to 30 individuals. Again these people support extended families of up to 20 people. Community Projects at the Lodge include a Tourism training project, marine turtle research and conservation, the market garden agricultural project, and the silversmiths jewellers program.
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