The last largely unexplored stretch of the East African coastline with pristine marine environments. Quirimbas Archipelago lies far up the northern Mozambique coast close to the coastal provincial capital of Pemba. Stretching north over 250km this grouping of 12 major coral islands and around 20 small coral outcrops and sand bar beaches is one of the world’s remotest beach destinations.
The southern Quirimbas extends 110km up the coast from Pemba Town and encompasses 11 of the Archipelago’s islands, “the Quirimba”, within the protected Quirimbas National Park. In addition to the marine sanctuaries the park protects coastal forests, mangroves and some of the most important coral reef systems in the Indian Ocean.
The northern Quirimbas extends further north to the border with Tanzania and includes Mozambique’s best small beach lodges on private islands. This isolated region is more easily accessed from Dar es Salaam offering safari combinations with Tanzania.
Quiet and undeveloped – a favourite for friends, families and romantics
The islands are part of the Quirimbas National Park: Ilha Quilálea, Ilha Quirimba, Ilha do Ibo, Ilha Matemo, Ilha das Rolas, Ilha Medjumbi and lha Vamizi. Covered in lush vegetation with mangrove swamps in the shallows.
The archipelago is home to large numbers of wading birds, and a breeding colony of sooty terns is well protected. The beaches are used as nurseries for hawksbill, green, loggerhead and leatherback turtles.
Marine biodiversity is exceptionally rich with over 375 fish species. It’s an internationally important area for dugong plus hawksbill, green, loggerhead and leatherback turtles protection. Whales can be seen between July and October.
Diving within the pristine northern archipelago is largely unknown to most – simply world class.
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Safari connections that work with northern Quirimbas
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In western Tanzania, Katavi and Mahale offer stark contrasts, diverse habitats and a safari experience you’ll find hard to match anywhere in Africa. It’s remote, expensive and seriously rewarding. There’s outstanding resident game in the rarely visited and truly wild Katavi park. Wild chimpanzees abound within the deep forests of Mahale on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Main focus of the northern Tanzania safari circuit is the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. This year round event in Africa’s most famous safari icon offers far more than vast herds on the move – prides of lions, leopard, cheetah and other resident game always feature. There’s also far more to see in this massive eco-system that includes Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Manyara.