Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport, where a representative of the Tourist’s Friend will meet you in the Arrivals Hall. He will hand you your Air Mozambique tickets, and then accompany you to the check in counter for your flight to Pemba Airport.
Flight TM312 departs Johannesburg at 08h40, arriving in Pemba at 13h10, after stopping en-route at Maputo. Check-in time for this flight will be 1.5 hours prior to departure time (07h10). Visa costs will be US$31 per person, payable at your point of entry, in US$ cash, small denominations.
At Pemba Airport, after collecting your luggage, you will be met by a representative of Ibo Falcon Lodge who will escort you to the light aircraft for your 20 minute flight to the Falcon. This flight takes you over the Quirimbas Archipelago, and is really spectacular.
Ibo Falcon supports one of the oldest towns in Mozambique, and is definitely one of the most interesting and atmospheric towns in the whole country. Ibo Falcon is regarded as one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, and many people say Ibo Falcon was the highlight of their time spent in Mozambique.
Mozambique’s recorded history goes back many centuries and the country has been subject to conquest and exploitation since time immemorial. As early as AD600 Arab traders had established contact with the local inhabitants and subsequently established fortified trading posts along the coastline. Via these trading posts slaves, gold and ivory were shipped to the Arab world.
Ibo Falcon is one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique, after Ilha do Moçambique (usually just known as “Ilha” in Mozambique) The specific history of Ibo can be dated back to at least the 1600 – Chinese grave stones still bear their readable dates, though Arab influence dates earlier. The Fort of Forma de Cisterna was constructed by the Arabs even before the Portuguese occupation.
The Lodge encompasses three old mansions each over a century old with walls a meter thick and high lofty ceilings. Located right on the prime waterfront site, where romantic dhows sail out to sea on each high tide, the lodge offers a classic Falcon experience, and with just fourteen luxury rooms assures guests of exceptional service and flexibility.
The large, en-suite, air conditioned luxurious rooms are individually designed, and boast antiques and handcrafted furniture, with magnificent wooden doors and shutters that evoke the building’s original design. The wide verandas and spaces are adorned with mahogany and teak day beds, carved by some of the Falcons most skilled artists and decorated with the softest of cushions covered in vibrant local fabrics. Ibo Falcon Lodge is stylish, elegant and unique.
Meals feature freshly grow organic vegetables, herbs and fruits and combine traditional specialities with seafood: giant tiger prawns, game fish and Ibo’s speciality: crab with fragrant soft, fluffy coconut rice. Romantic dinners are served on the tranquil verandas or on the rooftop terraces all with awesome views over the sea.
During your stay on Ibo Falcon, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are included.
Days 2 and 3
Activities available at Ibo Falcon Lodge:
•The Ibo Falcon Historical Experience – a remarkable guided emotional journey through the history of Ibo.
•The rare and unique mangrove excursion where you can understand more about this precious ecosystem and the outstanding bird and marine life it supports.
•Visits to Ibo’s pristine sand spit beach (only accessed by boat and totally private)
•Cultural and community interactive projects – the silversmiths experience
•Sea kayaking in calm flat waters and the mangroves, a chance to navigate winding channels with breathtaking scenery or Falcon hop safely under the expert leadership of your guide.
•Snorkelling, traditional dhow safaris and cruises, and massage
•Scuba diving (Ibo has some of the very best sites in the Quirimbas straight off the lighthouse) and fishing on a tag and release basis.
After breakfast you will be boated from Ibo Falcon to Guludo Lodge.
Guludo Beach Lodge lies between the dazzling Indian Ocean and wild African bush, overlooking undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Mozambique. In the north of the Quirimbas National Park; Guludo boasts incredible wildlife, both above and below the warm waters edge. Perfectly situated to discover these wonders, you can dive the pristine coral reefs, explore the Falcons, soak up the rich local culture and take in the vast African bush.
At Guludo you will be accommodated in an adobe bandana, overlooking the beach. Raised bedrooms sit under an expansive palm-thatched roof, opening upwards and outwards to make the most of the stunning sea views and cooling sea breeze.
Days 5, 6 and 7
ACTIVITIES ON OFFER AT AN ADDITIONAL COST:
A short sail from Guludo, Rolas Falcon hosts crystal clear waters, a white sandy peninsular, breath-taking snorkelling, coconut crabs, coral rock forest, small fishing community and a stunning picnic spot with 360 degree views. Rolas has a charm of it’s own that never ceases to enchant.
This is a beautiful spot to take in the vast African bush, one of the few places in the national park where it is possible to view elephants during the day. You will take drinks and snacks and you can sit back, absorb the view and peace while watching the sun go down while keeping an eye out for wildlife.
South of Guludo are expansive mangrove forests. Local guides in dugout canoes will pole you through the narrow channels into the heart of the mangroves, pointing out some of the extraordinary inhabitants. With only the sound of rippling water, birds singing and the occasional monkey laughing, the tranquillity of the mangroves is the ultimate relaxing experience.
Historic Ibo Falcon was once an important trading port for slaves and ivory. The eerie wide streets are flanked with grand, dilapidated Portuguese style villas and the ancient pentagonal fort used by silversmiths using ancient Arabic techniques to make exquisite jewellery.
From July to November Humpback whales pass by the Quirimbas Archipelago and the team of Marine Biologists collect vital data to feed back into the international whale catalogue. During this period guests can go on a research trip to see the whales and learn more about them. ($25 goes to Nema to fund further research).
If you’re keen to explore around Guludo, a 30 minute drive north is Pangane Beach, another beach paradise. Pangane Beach is a long white sandy peninsular littered with palms and some lovely snorkelling spots. Pangane is perfect for a chill out day while seeing a little more of the beauty of the Guludo region.
After breakfast at Guludo Lodge, you will be boated to Matemo Falcon, 20 minutes away.
Situated in the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago, off the coast of Northern Mozambique, the remote Falcon of Matemo offers idyllic Mozambique Falcon accommodation. Experience an Falcon holiday of unspoilt beauty, breathtaking scenery, spectacular marine life and extreme relaxation
You will be accommodated in a luxury beach front chalet, offering satellite television, an en-suite bathroom, as well as an outside shower. The chalets are tastefully furnished, air-conditioned, and around 20 metres from the sea.
During your stay at Matemo Falcon Resort your breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included, as well bottled water in your chalet, house wines, beers and spirits, and non-motorised water sports.
Days 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14
Time to chill out on the beautiful, unspoilt beaches of Matemo Falcon, while being offered a large variety of water sports – sunset cruises, visits to Ibo Falcon, snorkelling, kayaking, diving, and fishing.
Activities on offer at an extra cost will include:
•Diving – various ranges of courses (Discover Scuba / Open Water and Advanced Open Water). Most of the diving is done off the eastern side of Matemo, all departing from the beach, and should be scheduled the day before. All equipment is available from the Activity Centre.
•Fishing at Matemo may be done either from the beach or from a boat. All tackle is provided and types of fishing include game fishing for kingfish, barracuda, Dorado, queen, serra, wahoo, yellowfin, tuna and sailfish. All billfish are strictly catch and release. Excursions are for either 4 or 8-hour duration. Fly fishermen are welcome to bring their own rods and reels (mainly for king and tuna fish)
•Skiing and tubing: slalom, tandem, wakeboard, kneeboard, tube and banana boat skiing are all on offer. These activities are charged at 15-minute intervals.
•Snorkelling trips are conducted from a boat, and there are various locations offered – mainly on the western side of the Falcon. You can expect to see a variety of reef fish, corals and sponges. Snorkelling will last for one hour.
•Ibo Falcon trips consists of a 25 minute boat transfer to Ibo Falcon, a walk around the town and fort, viewing of the locally-made silver jewellery, with the option to purchase. The full trip is most interesting, and should not be missed. The duration is around 3 and a half hours, with a stop on the return journey for a swim.
Non-motorised sports included in the rate are hobie cat rides, sea kayaks, gypsy sailing dinghy, wind surfing. All guests using waterborne craft are required to wear life jackets at all times, and to stay within sight of the beach. Other activities include: volleyball, snorkelling, swing ball, Frisbees, beach bats, cricket, and a selection of board games
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be air chartered from Matemo Falcon back to Pemba Airport, in time to connect with your flight back to Johannesburg. LAM Airlines, flight TM173, departs Pemba at 12h20, via Maputo, arriving back at Johannesburg International Airport at 18h30.