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The Quirimbas Dhow Safari

Our Robinson Crusoe dhow safari explores the pristine tropical islands of Mozambique. Camp on deserted beaches, eat freshly caught fish, sip cocktails at sunset and snorkel coral reefs. Escape the present day pace of life and share our dhow safari experience…

  • Quirimbas Archipelago – Ibo Island – Mogundula Island
  • Quirimbas National Park – Ulimbwa Estuary
  • 7 nights/ 8 days

Highlights of the Quirimbas Dhow safari

Sleepier than Zanzibar, there’s no other trip in the Indian Ocean which puts you in such relaxed touch with totally uninhabited desert islands like this.

  • The weather’s gentle and and there’s plenty of time for fishing, kayaking, snorkeling and star gazing
  • sail the Indian Ocean in a traditional dhow travelling with experienced English and Portuguese speaking crew. Explore coral islands, sandbar beaches and the largely unexplored northern beaches. With a maximum of 10 on board, we’ll set up river and beach camps as we go
  • settle on the Ibo Island World Heritage Site for 3 nights. Home to an eclectic wealth of ancient architecture in the old trade wind port. guided tour of the old trade wind port to explore its history and culture.
  • world class dive sites with rich coral reefs and some exceptional drop offs – just dive and explore the warm and gentle waters

Best time to do a Dhow safari

  • June to October – warm, idyllic tropical weather. An uncrowded playground for divers and friendly spirits intent on relaxing on quiet and pristine beaches.
  • April to October – warm tropical climate with average temperatures of around 23°C. (The trip is only available during these months.)

ItineraryFrom $2395

Day 1 - Arrive Quirimbas - Mogundula Day 1 - Arrive Quirimbas - Mogundula

You're met on arrival at the airport for road transfer to Mucojo and dhow to Mogundula - one of the best islands in the archipelago - great bird watching, swimming, snorkeling - truly magical!

Day 2 - Mogundula Day 2 - Mogundula

Spend your first 2 nights on this island, just 4 km off the mainland. This uninhabited chic paradise with lake, coconut trees and secluded beaches is your bolt hole in the Indian Ocean!

Day 3 - Mogundula - Quirimbas National Park Day 3 - Mogundula - Quirimbas National Park

Sail into the Quirimbas Archipelago, there's time to snorkel among the corals, fish, swim and picnic in the best spots - the choice is yours.

Day 4 - Quirimbas National Park Day 4 - Quirimbas National Park

Set sail along the Ulumbwa estuary, look out for the mangroves. Tour the fishing villages before going on to the most southerly point on Matemo Island. Sail back to Ulumbwa to the camp for the night.

Day 5 - Quirimbas Archipelago Day 5 - Quirimbas Archipelago

Set sail for 200 year old Ibo Town for 3 nights at Ibo Lodge.

Days 6/7 - Quirimbas Archipelago Days 6/7 - Quirimbas Archipelago

Time for a little culture - explore 16th C forts with your Ibo Island guided tour, life remains unchanged here for centuries. Make time to visit the fort. The island is safe to explore at will.

Day 8 - Leave Quirimbas Day 8 - Leave Quirimbas

Your return flight is over the island where you've spent the last 7 days, and on to Pemba International Airport for your onward flight. Ask your Zambezi consultant if you'd like to extend your trip.

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Tips and notes

Price is based on 4 – 6 guests sharing on set departure dates
Special rate applies to 7 to 10 guests
Contact us if you’d like a price for 2 – 3 persons sharing
Add on US$295 per person for your road and air transfers per person


  • Itinerary as specified (please note the itinerary may differ may change depending on local conditions)
  • Meet and greet in Pemba and road transfer to Mucoja (or Arimba if northbound)
  • 4 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 Tour of Ibo Island
  • National Park fees and Ibo Island development taxes
  • Light aircraft transfer from Ibo Island back to Pemba


  • All international airfares and related taxes/fees.
  • All drinks, personal bar account, bottled water
  • Mozambique arrival / departure airport taxes
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, curio purchases
  • Optional activities / excursions / transfers not specified
  • Vaccinations, visas, passports, travel and medical insurance

How to get there

Arrive at Pemba in the north of Mozambique. Daily flights available into Pemba from South Africa and on several days a week from Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.

You’ll be met in Pemba for onward road transfer to Mucoja to the dhow.


Africa’s river systems and rich marine environments offer wild some playgrounds for anglers and sports fishermen. As an example Tigerfish give the finest freshwater fight in the world, best spots are on the Zambezi during the hot season from October to March. The East African coast from South Africa, through Mozambique to Kenya is renowned for marlin, sailfish and other game species.

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