GS Small Group Adventure
Mozambique Kayak & Dhow Safari
October 22nd – 30th, 2016
Explore the Indian Ocean by traditional Arab dhow and kayak. Paddle or sail from one tropical island to another in the breathtaking Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique. For those who love adventure and appreciate tranquility, to sail, kayak, dive and snorkel in such pristine, untrodden and gorgeous areas is an opportunity not to be missed!
You will: • Explore wide coastal river mouths teeming with red-listed bird species and pristine mangrove forests by kayak or dhow • Snorkel off deserted white sandbanks and in the turquoise sea • Sleep in mobile eco camps on uninhabited tropical islands • Dine under the stars • Stay on the mystical and ancient Ibo Island and enjoy barefoot luxury at the Ibo Island Lodge Come join us and be as active or relaxed as you like on this remote adventure!
Day 1, October 22nd: Pemba to Ibo Island
Two nights at the Ibo Island Lodge in a standard rooms on a full board basis, excluding alcoholic beverages and including all programmed activities.
Day 2, October 23rd:
Following a lovely breakfast, today is the day to experience your new, beautiful surroundings and enjoy some cool excursions. First, for those who are interested, it’s off to the very special “Ibo Silver Experience”.
Following lunch in the gardens, you can relax, partake in the “Ibo of Yesterday” guided historical experience, or choose from the menu of available activities.
Day 3, October 24th: Ibo Island to Matemo
Today begins your dhow safari! Depart Ibo Island for your exploration north into the clear turquoise waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago.
This afternoon, take a tour through a local the fishing village and learn about the lives of the villagers, as interpreted by your knowledgeable guide. You will later stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island, set up camp, and explore this part of the island.
Day 4, October 25th: Day Trip to Ulumbwa Estuary
Today the Ulumbwa River mouth beckons for exploration. It is here where fascinating rural fishing villages dot the shore. Later in the afternoon you will return to your camp at Matemo.
Days 5 & 6, October 26th & 27th: Mogundula Island
Many believe that Mogundula Island is one of the best islands in the archipelago. Lucky us…we will spend two nights here! Our mobile camp is set under the shade of trees and you usually have this magical uninhabited island to yourself!
Day 7, October 28th: Dhow transfer to Ibo Island
Enroute back to Ibo Island Lodge you will experience a Dolphin encounter – a rare and unique opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment. This has become the highlight of all guests staying at the lodge for good reason.
Day 8, October 29th:
Today you will have a choice of three different activities/excursions. This evening enjoy your farewell dinner in the main fort. The main fort is incredibly atmospheric at night with beautiful lighting and incredible acoustics.
Day 9, October 30th:
Goodbye Mozambique! This morning, a beautiful light aircraft flight will transfer you over the islands and turquoise waters to Pemba International Airport – at which time you will connect with your departure flight to the US via Johannesburg.