Mozambique, Matemo & Mogundula – Day 4 & 5
Today it is the time to say goodbye to Ibo and move to the heart of the archipelago. We meet the ”captain” Moussa and Abu on the beach and together we sail to Matemo island. After 4 hours sailing, we reach the east side of the island where we have to stop our boat because of the low tide.
Here, we jump into the water and we walk to the beach. This part of the island is very wild, the white and long beach is lined by beautiful palm trees. We get to our campsite , a very nice place with small huts a few meters from the sea, after 30 minutes walk, then we go straight to the beach to relax . During the afternoon we visit the local village and then we walk on the long beach until the north part of the island. Here there is a luxury resort , the only one on the island, but it’s still closed in this period. The seabed in front of the resort is with no rocks and we can enjoy the sea swimming and relaxing into the water. Back to the campsite we stand on the beach waiting for the sunset that , step by step, colors the sea with its warm and orange light.
Early in the morning we get into our boat heading to the village of Pangane, located in the north coast of Mozambique, it’s the last day around the archipelago. Before getting on the coast, we have a look on the Mogundula island. It is a small island that lies just 4 kilometers off the mainland of northern Mozambique. It is an uninhabited tropical paradise, with two secluded beaches, a lake and beautiful coral reefs. It is also home to some of the most unspoiled and unexplored ecosystems in the Indian Ocean. We spend here 1 hour , then we reach Pangane where we have to greet our “captain” Moussa. Our trip around Quirimbas archipelago is over!
how to get there: to be honest it’s not so easy get to Ibo island if you want to travel by yourself. Anyway, if you are departing from Ilha de Mocambique you can take easy in the morning a local Chapa (minivan) to Namialo. Here you can ask for the big bus to Pemba. Get off at Silva Macua or Pemba and ask for a Chapa to Tandanhangue harbour (easier) or Quissanga jetty where you can take a boat to Ibo. There is the risk to spend a night there because of the low tide.
The second option (anyway from Pemba) is to contact the resorts on the island and arrange the trip with them.
- Karibuni camp site (it’s the cheapest option, you can camp here with your tent or sleep in a room)
- http://www.mozambiqueislands.com/resorts/quirimbas-archipelago-pemba-area/matemo-island-resort/ (Matemo island)
Around the islands: all the lodges on the island arrange the trips around the archipelago. The most beautiful and cheapest way to go around is to ask some local people and fishermen to lead you through the islands.