Flying into Johannesburg it is easy to connect onwards to Pemba, from where a light aircraft will transfer you over the crystal clear ocean (perhaps even spotting a turtle or two) to Ibo Island. Ibo was the Portuguese base when Mozambique was a colony and the island is full of cultural history. You can take a guided tour on foot around the old town and fort or simply wander on your own soaking up the atmosphere. The light is wonderful and great for photography. Guests at the lodge can partake in kayaking trips through the mangroves and trips to a nearby sandbar for bush breakfasts and exceptional snorkelling.
The lodge itself is beautifully designed in a mix of colonial and Arabic styles. It is spread of three buildings with attractive gardens to the rear, two freshwater swimming pools, a roof terrace and two treatment rooms. Each room is individually designed and decorated, some with baths and one with a large entrance hall where children can be accommodated in extra beds.
From Ibo, you will take a light aircraft flight to Vamizi Island, an incredibly scenic flight. Each of Vamizi’s 16 villas is very spacious and private, set right on the brilliant white sand beach. In addition to your bedroom with en-suite bathroom you have a covered seating area, so each villa feels incredibly spacious. The diving and fishing here are absolutely spectacular, the food is fresh and imaginative and the staff could not be more friendly. Vamizi really has that private island 'Robinson Crusoe' hideaway feel and is perfect for those that want to get their feet in the sand and enjoy the remoteness of the island.
|Stay||Location / Route||Overnight|
||Fly to Ibo (via Johannesburg and Pemba)||Overnight flight|
||Ibo Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique||Ibo Island Lodge|
||Quirimbas, Mozambique||Vamizi Island Lodge|
||Fly Vamizi to London (via Pemba and Johannesburg)||Overnight flight|
When to travel
Sunshine, blue skies and temperatures averaging between 24°C and 27°C along the coast are the norm, except during the rainy summer season from about December/January through to April when everything gets soggy and sticky, and temperatures exceed 30°C in some areas.
The best time to visit is from May/June to November, during the cooler dry season.
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Location and directions
Ibo Island & Vamizi Island
Ibo Island Lodge is situated on the Indian Ocean paradise of Ibo Island, just north of the small town of Pemba in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, Northern Mozambique. Ibo Island and Vamizi Island are just one a couple of a string of 32 tropical islands that make up the breathtakingly beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique.
How to get there
8-hour 30-minute international flight to Johannesburg followed by a 1-hour flight to Pemba International Airport in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique – the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago. A Ibo Island Lodge Representative will meet you at Pemba for a short flight transfer to Ibo Island.