• 8 Days from City to Islands in Mozambique

Itinerary

Day 1-2

You will be met on arrival at Maputo International Airport and driven to your hotel for the evening – the Grande Dame of Maputo, the Polana Serena Hotel. Built in 1922 in the very heart of Maputo’s most prestigious avenues, the hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishments restoring the landmark building with a fusion of classic charm and world class amenities. With its sweeping views over the Indian Ocean, the Polana Serena Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant capitol of Mozambique.

Day two sees you exploring the historical and cultural highlights of Maputo in the company of an experienced local guide. Marvel at the architectural design of the Railway Station and Steel House, explore the old Fort, haggle with local traders in the Central Market and browse the Feima Curio market before traveling across to Catembe for a seafood lunch overlooking the Maputo bay.

Spend two nights at the Serena Polana Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis

Day 3-7

Depart for your flight from Maputo to northern coastal town of Pemba, gateway to the Quirimbas National Park. You will be met on arrival and assisted with the check in for the light aircraft flight over the islands to Ibo Island.

Ibo Island lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and tidal bay and accommodates guests in beautifully simple, yet elegant rooms. Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate the lodge with various verandas, tropical gardens and a spectacular roof top restaurant that provides the ideal venue to watch the sun go down.

The Island Mobile Safari includes three nights at Ibo Island Lodge and two nights on Mobile Safaris, so there is sufficient time included for guests to explore the historical island.

Enjoy sailing trips in the beautiful Ibo dhow through turquoise clear waters, snorkelling on pristine coral reefs, exploring the rich mangroves which are home to an abundant birdlife and exploring the Quirimbas National Park. Whilst on Ibo Island partake in guided historical and cultural tours offering outstanding photographic opportunities, wander around the stone town and ruins and wonder how did this all come to be here so far away from the outside world.

Spend five nights on the Mobile Dhow Safari (3 nights at Ibo & 2 nights in mobile camping on nearby island(s)

Day 8

Bid the beaches farewell as you enjoy the scenic light aircraft flight from Ibo Island back to mainland. From Pemba Airport you can connect back to South Africa or Tanzania for your onward international flight back home.

  • What is Included

    • Return airport transfers from Maputo Airport to Polana Serena Hotel
    • Two nights accommodation at Polana Serena Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis
    • Guided city tour of Maputo inclusive of seafood lunch (5-hour duration, excludes beverages during lunch)
    • Meet & Greet at Pemba Airport
    • Return Light aircraft transfer flights from Pemba Airport to Ibo Island
    • Five nights Ibo Island Mobile Dhow Safari package (3 nights on Ibo Island & 2 nights on Mobile Dhow Safari)
      ° Nights Island and mainland hopping by dhow. Overnight island, river and beach camps
      ° Experienced English and Portuguese speaking crew.
      ° NON participation mobile camp.
      ° All camping and catering equipment included for island camps (sleeping bag, pillow and towel supplied)
      ° Meals as stated in the itinerary
      ° Occasionally breakfast and lunch may be combined into a brunch where necessary e.g. mornings with early kayak trips
      ° 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge on full board basis (excluding all drinks)
      ° Guided tours of Ibo Island
      ° Ibo Island Lodge complimentary activities include: Guided historical Tour; Daily transfer to the beautiful sandbank beach off Ibo Island
      ° Mobile Island Dhow Safari complimentary activities include: guided Island Tours, snorkelling and use of kayaks
  • What is excluded

    • All meals, beverages, entrance fees, activities, flights, transfers and car rental not listed under Includes section.
    • Regional and domestic flight fares and taxes are excluded but can be quoted on request.
    • All items of a personal nature such as curio shop purchases, telephone calls and gratuities.
  • What we love

    • Architecture and old-world charm of Polana Serena Hotel
    • Exploring the historical sites around Maputo city
    • Being immersed in the history of charm of Ibo Island
    • Sailing the azure waters of the Quirimbas under the sails of a traditional dhow sailing vessel