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Ibo Island Lodge

Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

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5/5 Ibo is steeped in the history and culture of Africa, the Middle-East and Europe
© Ibo Island Lodge Ibo is steeped in the history and culture of Africa, the Middle-East and Europe

A unique cultural feast, unlike any other beach holiday

Ibo Island is one of those quite rare little gems where a beach lodge is part of the community. Created from the restoration of three old Portuguese town-houses in a prime beachfront location, the lodge is part of an island culture that has grown from cosmopolitan trading roots. Retaining their colonial heritage, the three houses now comprise nine unique bedrooms, a stately banqueting hall, endless verandahs and beautiful gardens. Without a doubt, the highlight is the roof-top bar and restaurant with the ultimate sea view.

Ibo’s history can be explored further with well-informed guides from the lodge and wondering the village streets with the local people is a completely different experience to your usual cosseted beach holiday. The lodge has also helped revive the art of the local silver-smiths who produce one-off filigree pieces which are really very special.

A private beach in front of the lodge offers a good (though not very private) place to swim at high tide, while a white sand-spit that appears every low tide is where you head for that picture-postcard azure sea and utter seclusion. This is a short trip by boat and the time it is exposed each day varies with the tide. For the rest of the time, there are two pools at the lodge. Sea canoes with which to explore the mangroves are also available.

Ibo is rather like aspects of Lamu on the north Kenya coast, or Stone Town on Zanzibar, except much less commercial and a great deal sleepier. For those with an interest in culture and to whom the idea of a pure beach holiday is unappealing, Ibo is a different kind of holiday.

Accommodation:

9 en-suite rooms in two renovated Portuguese mansions

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A unique cultural feast, unlike any other beach holiday

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About Quirimbas Archipelago and Mozambique

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3/4 Some of the best snorkelling and diving on the African coast.
Some of the best snorkelling and diving on the African coast.
4/4 Marine life is rich and varied, and largely undisturbed.
Marine life is rich and varied, and largely undisturbed.

Quirimbas Archipelago

If Quirimbas were to appear in the dictionary, it would do so along with words such as pristine, remote, unexplored, relaxed and all those lovely things that are becoming increasingly rare in our world. Being at the far northern extreme of Mozambique, this collection of thirty-odd islands and coral heads is understandably less developed than its southern counterpart, Bazaruto. Small beach lodges are dotted around the islands which you reach by small plane from the town of Pemba on the mainland. Read more?

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2/4 Impossible blues, from horizon to horizon. Dhows are still the traditional fishing vessels.
Impossible blues, from horizon to horizon.  Dhows are still the traditional fishing vessels.
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4/4 Lake Niassa (or Lake Malawi) is a vast freshwater lake full of tropical fish, and dotted with isolated white beaches
Lake Niassa (or Lake Malawi) is a vast freshwater lake full of tropical fish, and dotted with isolated white beaches

Mozambique

Mozambique offers some of the best beach holidays for those that have a love for private island getaways, turquoise seas and pure white sand.  The marine life is colourful, plentiful and varied so this is one of the best places you could be if you enjoy diving or want to learn.  The wildlife areas are pretty wild but gradually opening up so for safaris in Mozambique there is increasingly good reason to explore these beautiful parts of the country (especially since they are still well off the beaten track).  Go straight to our selection of Mozambique experiences. Read more?

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At Natural High, we've had long experience putting together trips in Africa that really work. Whether it's intimate bushcamps in out of the way places, or a private lodge in one of Africa's top-billing wildlife areas, light mobile camping or remote island escapes, we know there is a lot to choose from. We're absolutely confident that we can recommend the right places for you.

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