Ibo Lodge is a place for romantic getaways and families alike, and there we all came out of this vacation feeling relaxed, happy and suntanned!

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Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique

Ibo Island Lodge

  • Located right on the waterfront for magnificent views
  • Undisturbed for centuries, Ibo has remained forgotten to the world
  • Cited as one of the most romantic & tranquil islands in the world

Facilities include

Air conditioning Three swimming pools Restaurant Bar Rooftop terrace

Activities include

  • Spa
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling
  • Photography
  • Dhow Cruise
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Guided Bird Walks
  • Mangrove Excursions
  • Explore and Interact
  • Silver Smiths Project
  • The Ibo Island Guided Historical Experience
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About

About Ibo Island Lodge

Ibo Island Lodge is located on the prime waterfront site, where romantic dhows sail out to sea on each high tide. The lodge encompasses original rehabilitated magnificent mansions each over one hundred years old with high lofty ceilings. They have exposed coral and lime metre thick walls, solid original teak ceiling beams, large hand carved doors, furniture and traditional Ibo floors.

All of the rooms are individually designed, air-conditioned and have ceiling fans. They each have wide verandas and spaces furnished with hand crafted furniture, antiques and beautiful fabrics. Each of the rooms has an en-suite bathroom with twin basins and large showers. Some also have baths and outdoor showers.

Ibo Island Lodge offers a relaxed and informal atmosphere in fitting with the island's ambiance. It is set among beautiful tropical gardens with palms, established trees, bougainvillea and frangipani. Three pools keep guests cool and refreshed. The main pool is rim flow and faces the ocean and sunset.

Ibo Island provides the ultimate setting for guests to experience a very real ancient African culture, not mass produced for tourism.

The lodge's restaurant and bar is situated high up on the roof terrace of the Bela Vista mansion facing west for unforgettable sunsets and affording spectacular views over the bay. Lunches are also served in the gardens, and beside the pool. Cuisine combines Mozambican and world inspired influences with the freshest of seafood: giant tiger prawns, game fish and Ibo's specialty: fresh crab with fragrant soft, fluffy coconut rice. Romantic and private dinners are served in a number of locations, or on the rooftop terrace with awesome views over the sea.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

There is only one Ibo Island amongst the other 27 islands that make up the Quirimbas Archipelago and no Quirimbas itinerary is complete without the Ibo Island Lodge experience. Ibo Island of one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique. As early as AD600 Arab traders established trading routes with local communities. Via these trading posts, slaves, gold and ivory were shipped to the Arab world. The Portuguese established control by 1522, and by the mid 1600’s the Archipelago was ruled by 2 main families – the Morues and Meneses families. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Ibo was one of Portugal’s main Indian Ocean ports. Since independence, Ibo has remained very isolated and unspoiled and this is part of its enormous charm.

How to get there

When to go

Although there are regional differences in climate throughout Mozambique, the highest temperatures are during the rainy season - December to March. April to November is Mozambique's Dry Season when temperatures are more comfortable. Generally days throughout the year are conducive to swimming, snorkelling and tropical conditions.

Important Information

With prior written notice the lodge will do it’s very best to cater for simple dietary requirements but please understand that due to Ibo Island being very remote destination, complicated requests are not always possible.

Official Currency: Metical (MT) =100 centavos. US Dollars are accepted but only notes from 2008 onwards. It is however, far better to have local currency with you. It is ESSENTIAL that clients travel to Pemba with their local currency in cash. There is often not enough time to travel into Pemba town from the airport for clients to utilize ATMs before the transfer to the island (and the ATMs are often also off line). Clients can exchange money at Johannesburg or other airports before travel to Mozambique and must do so before departing for Pemba.

There are no credit card facilities at Ibo Island Lodge. However, the in-house reservations consultants will be able to process all your credit card transactions at the Ibo Island Lodge Central Reservations in Cape Town. US$ OR local currency only is accepted for settling of all extras.

All travellers going to malaria-risk areas must take precautions against this disease. Please visit your health care provider 4-6 weeks before travelling.

There is an effective vaccine against yellow fever. Ask your doctor at least 10-14 days prior to travel to be vaccinated against yellow fever.

Children

Travelling with children

Children under the age of 12 are accommodated by prior arrangement only.
Ibo Island Lodge has rooms that are suitable for children to be accommodated on a sharing basis, but this is based on availability. Please enquire.

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