Mozambique adventure holiday

“Explore the Quirimbas Islands in the turquoise waters off Mozambique on this eight-day expedition-style trip, camping on beaches and travelling by crewed dhow and kayak.”

Highlights

Pemba | two nights camping on Mogundula Island | exploring the Quirimbas Archipelago by dhow and kayak | camp south of Ulumbwa | paddle the Ulumbwa estauary | Matemo Island | Ibo Island | Included light aircraft flight over the islands back to Pemba airport

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.

This expedition is also available in tailor made and private departures. Please contact us for more info.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mozambique adventure holiday

Environment

This 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.)

Community

We 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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