Game Reserves

Ibo Island Lodge

ibo-island-sunsetLocated on the historical Ibo Island, which is the former capital of Mozambique, you will find Ibo Island Lodge. At Ibo Island Mozambique travelers will find themselves nestled amongst history from an age and era gone by. Ibo Island Lodge is built from three colonial mansions that have been lovingly restored to their former glory. On the island itself is a population who still practice many of the customs that have been practiced on Ibo for hundreds of years, such as the silversmithing Ibo is famous for.

The three mansions are all airconditioned, and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The rooms are decorated in a style that takes you back to colonial Ibo Island Mozambique. The Lodge also has two swimming pools.  Activities include a Historical Tour of Ibo Island, trips to a deserted sandbank, snorkeling and swimming, or a kayak trip into the mangroves.  Ibo Island Lodge Cuisine is a combination of locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood prepared traditionally.

What is Special?Ibo - island lunch

As Ibo Island does not have its own swimable beach, the Lodge offers a daily return trip to a pristine sand bank which is only visible at low tide.  Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise (normally done by dhow) to the sand bank where you can sun bathe or snorkel whilst the crew sets up temporary camp under tents.  Depending on the time of day you will either enjoy a harty breakfast or fresh lunch before returning back to the island. 

Note that Ibo Island is only accessible during high tide.  This restricts water based activities.  Power is currently supplied by generator which is switched off at night.

Access

The island is reached by light aircraft island transfer flights that depart from Pemba Airport.  These flights connect Ibo to other islands in the area such as Medjumbe Private Island

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Azura at Quilalea

Quilalea - Interior Sunset Villa 8Truly one of the top destinations in Mozambique - Azura at Quilalea is the second luxury Indian Ocean Retreat from the Azura Retreats group.  This private island paradise is surrounded by the tropical warm waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago Marine Sanctuary, ensuring that the waters are rich in marine life.

There are three different room types to choose from.  The 4 Kaskazi Villas are comfortable and spacious and only a few steps from the white beach and offer a spectacular view of the sunrise each morning.  The 4 Kusi Villas have idyllic locations and feature an additional outdoor shower and beach sala.  The most desired Villa is Villa Quilelea which offers the best in views, spaciousness, design and layout.  Villa Quilalea is the only Villa with a private infinity pool, extended decking with relaxation areas and covered outdoor private dining area. It also features a extra large bathroom with free standing bath and separate dressing room.  But the most desired feature of this Villa is the direct sea access via a clifftop ladder to a superb snorkel spot right in front of the Villa (Villa Quilalea is really one of the best Villas in Mozambique and comes highly recommended by Mozambique Voyages!)

All villas feature as a standard en suite facilities, air conditioning and ceiling fans, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and wooden decks with sun loungers.  Azura at Quilalea also offers it guets a unique energy control system whereby guests can take control of their own eco-footprint. They can make full use of all the modern technology and air conditioning, or simply throw their villa open to being air-cooled by the natural breezes rolling in from the ocean.

Guests enjoy the attention of a dedicated Mozambican host that takes extra special care of their meals and services during their stay.  This includes setting up special spots to sip sundowner cocktails or a romantic private candle lit dinner venue.  Dining experiences are world class but still remain in line with the island's "Green Ethos".  Fresh fish and seafood dominate the menu but a careful selection of choice menu options are available for those who prefer something different.  The main guest ares at Azura at Quilalea are as elegant, comfortable and spacious as the Villas and further enhance the idyllic relaxed island atmosphere.

A well rounded selection of activities are on offer at the Lodge but the most popular activities are water based. Snorkeling is accessible off the main beach where regular sightings are made of huge potato bass and schools of hunting jacks.  Scuba divers need only swim out a short distance from the main beach to reach the house reef that is home to rich variety of marine life.  Fishing is another popular activity or paddle a kayak around the island.  For the less adventurous there massages and beauty treatments available at the wellness centre, whale watching in season or a leisurely walk around the island to view impressive baobab trees and an impressive bird life.

What is Special?Quilalea - scuba diver underwater 2

Azura at Quilalea is one of only two destinations in Mozambique that offer shore access for divers.  This is a big draw card for scuba divers that would like to dive in the rich and varied reefs of the Quirimbas Archipelago.  Snorkelling right off the main beach is thrilling and large schools fish can often be seen. 

Access:

The closest airport is Pemba Airport.  Helicopter transfers will give guests a thrilling view of the Quirimbas Archipelago islands en route to Quilalea.  It is also possible to travel by boat from Quilalea to Ibo Island. 

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Matemo

Photo of Matemo

Please note: Matemo Island Lodge is closed and in the process of being rebuilt at present.  When it reopens it will be run under the Anantara brand with reopening dates currently set for end 2015.  Updates on the new look and feel will only be available closer to the time.  

Matemo Island is just one of the islands that is situated in the 32 island Quirimbas Archipelago. Matemo island stretches 8km long and 3km wide, and is encompassed by crystal clear blue waters. Nestled amongst the palm trees, lies Matemo Island Lodge, a 24 chalet lodge complete with activity centre, restaurant.

Matemo Island Lodge chalets are ensuite with outdoor showers, and include hammocks and deck chairs, fully airconditioned with Queen sized or twin beds. Also chalets are less than 2 metres from the beach.
Of the 24 chalets 2 of these share a verandah, making them convenient for families, and 2 share a linked hallway.
As with Matemo Island Lodge’s sister property, Medjumbe, Matemo Island Lodge has a wealth of water sports ranging from kayaking to scuba diving amongst the reefs surrounding the chain of islands, and also volleyball and beach games for those who prefer to keep their toes in the sand.

Matemo Island Lodge is a 20 minute light aircraft transfer from mainland Pemba.

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Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa

medjumbe-snorkelingSituated on the island of Medjumbe, which is surrounded by crystal clear blue ocean waters,  Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa consists of 12 ensuite thatched chalets all decorated in an Afro-Arabic style. The tiny island is less than 500m at it’s widest point and 1km at it’s longest - a paradise for travellers that want the exclusivity of a private island.  The chalets on Medjumbe also boast private plunge pools and outdoor showers. Medjumbe Island’s menu is drenched in seafood, with meals being taken in the restaurant or at the pool.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is a haven for those who enjoy water sports, as the Activity Centre houses all the equipment for all the favorite sports.  Medjumbe is not only a honeymoon destination but also great for scuba divers with 12 known dive sites offering a range of diving experiences.  The wall dives (up to 40 meters) are home to fish species such as Napolean Wrasse, Groupers, Black-and White-Tip Reef Sharks, Snappers and Unicorn Fish. As Medjumbe's waters are so little explored, there are always new diving sites to discover (the Lodge often name these after the guests who discover them).

What is Special?medjumbe-room

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is one of the smallest island destinations in Mozambique.  There is no fresh water on the island which means that mosquitoes are less of a problem than at other lodges.  The white beaches and azure blue waters make this picturesque little island a perfect tropical getaway!

Access

The island is currently reached by light aircraft transfer flights from Pemba Airport.  There is also a direct light aircraft flight from Lugenda Wilderness Camp to Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa Island which makes for a perfect bush & beach combination!

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Vamizi Island

Vamizi - Main Lodge View From Sea With Boat small

The Lodge has been closed effective 07 January 2015 for refurbishments.  No indication as yet of when it will reopen.  The Private Villas can still be booked with access only available via private charter flights from Dar Es Salaam or Pemba (quotes on request)

The small island of Vamizi is home to the beautiful Vamizi Island Lodge. The kitalas are spacious inside and out, with ample space between each to ensure privacy throughout Vamizi Island Lodge. Each kitala also has its own direct access to the beach. Vamizi Island Lodge kitalas are decorated in a style reminiscent of the colonial days, and also each have their own decks. Sunchairs and Swahili Day Beds are also in each chalet.

The 10 kitalas offer three different options:

  • Luxury Kitala - The luxury kitala has a king sized double bed. Twin beds are available upon request.
  • Luxury Double Kitala - The Luxury Double Kitalas are made up of two Luxury Kitalas with a shared living area.  This configuration is ideal for two couples travelling together or for families with older children.
  • Luxury Family Kitala - The Luxury Family Kitalas constitute a Luxury Kitala with a smaller second bedroom attached, perfect for up to three children.  The second bedroom has a smaller bathroom with shower and is set back from the shared living area.

Located in a pristine area of the reserve, diving can be done off the shore into unspoilt reefs. Fishing and snorkeling are also very popular. For the wilder of Vamizi Island Lodge’s clientele, walking trails are available, kayak trips and community visits can also be arranged.  Seasonally turtles can be seen nesting along the beach on Vamizi Island.  Nesting season is between December and July, peaking in March and June.  Between the months of July and September each year the Humpback Whales pass by Vavmizi island and whale watching is a popular way to see these gentle giants of the ocean up close. 

What is Special?Vamizi - Snorkelling

Vamizi is an ideal honeymoon destination for the discerning traveller.  Large, spacious accommodations, endless beaches, attentive service and a variety of world class activities above and below the water are waiting to be enjoyed.  Their romantic castaway picnics in deserted locations around the island is the ultimate desert island experience - in luxury of course!

Access

The island is reached by light aircraft transfer from either Pemba Airport (Mozambique) or Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania).  These flights are currently only available twice a week - on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Flights from Pemba will fly directly to the island but flights from or to Dar Es Salaam will first stop over at Mocimboa da Praia for custom and immigration clearance.  Flight requests on any other day of the week can be done by private charter - quoted on request. 

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