Cabo Delgado Province
It’s along the coast of the Indian Ocean, which means its water is warm and great for swimming and the line of islands just off the shore provide plenty of opportunities for exciting explorations.
If you are keen to be in the water searching for marine life, they are superb diving and snorkelling locations, and the coral reefs of the area ensure there is plenty of underwater activity to enjoy!
Cabo Delgado is the northern-most province of Mozambique. It is large and includes the towns and cities of Pemba, Meluco, Apura, Montepuez and Morrola. In the centre is a large area protected as the Quirimbas National Park, which is a major attraction of the province. The park includes eleven of the thirty-one islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago. Pemba is the capital city of the province and is situated on a peninsula alongside a large bay that is considered one of the biggest natural harbours in the world.
As you explore Cabo Delgado and its islands, you will discover the natural beauty of this popular and friendly southern African country. More than likely it will become one of your favourite destinations in Africa.
Top reasons to visit the province of Cabo Delgado
- Pristine beaches with perfect swimming conditions.
- Gorgeous diving/snorkelling sites around Pemba and in the Quirimbas Archipelago.
- Game drives and walking safaris allow you to explore the beautiful Quirimbas National Park.
- To sail a dhow (traditional wooden boat) on the ocean.
- To go fishing for tuna, barracuda, kingfish and much more.
- It’s oceans are ideal for kayaking, boating and even kite-surfing.
- Lake Nkwita, nearby Pemba, is the home of prolific birdlife, especially reed nesting birds, waders and migrant species.
- Spotless accommodation with great facilities in superb locations.
The Cabo Delgado Province, with its many wonderful natural attractions, is the perfect destination for anyone who desires to see and experience the best of Mozambique. This southern African country offers its visitors endless opportunities for new adventures and unique cultural explorations, and always has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Enquire now regarding the perfect spot for your holiday in Cabo Delgado – we offer excellent rates for accommodation and provide assistance to those who will be travelling to Mozambique for the first time
The Quirimbas Archipelago and the Quirimbas National Park
The southern parts of the Quirimbas Islands are included in the Quirimbas National Park, which covers a large area of land (913,000 hectares). Since 2002, it has officially protected huge coastal forests and mangroves, as well as coral reefs and all the animal species that live within these different environments. The various habitats of the park also include mountains, woodland, savannah and beaches, and elephants, crocodiles, lions, leopards and wild dog can be found here, although not in large numbers. Although the animals of the park can be somewhat difficult to find, bird lovers will have an amazing time and the beautiful landscape, especially the giant granite inselbergs in the park’s western section, is certainly worth viewing.
The eleven islands that are part of the Quirimbas National Park are what attract most to the area, as they are famous for their spectacular coral reefs, diverse marine life and superb opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. There are hundreds of fish species to discover as well as larger marine animals such as whales, dolphins, turtles, sharks and the endangered dugong. The islands have gorgeous beaches and lovely walking trails. Kayaking and sailing are other very popular activities on the water.
There are 31 islands altogether in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Ibo is one that is much loved by visitors due to its unique cultural attractions. The island has one of the oldest settlements of the country and guided tours provide visitors with intriguing stories of the history of the island and show off some ancient forts and buildings. Guests of the Ibo Island Lodge will enjoy a free ‘Ibo of Today’ experience that includes meeting the local people, learning about their unique and traditional cultures, getting an ‘Ibo face-mask and seeing the local witch doctor.
Accommodation in the Cabo Delgado Province
When visiting the Cabo Delgado Province we recommend that you head for the sunny beaches, islands and beautiful waters of the ocean. Ulala Lodge is found on the gorgeous Murrébué Beach, just a twenty-minute drive from the city centre of Pemba. With only six rooms, the lodge is completely dedicated to the happiness of their guests. Activities available at the lodge include kayaking, kitesurfing, snorkelling, diving, whale watching and trips to the Quirimbas National Park. Their three-course dinners are delicious and there is always beautifully prepared fish and seafood, fresh from the local fishermen, on the menu.
For all the modern amenities you require and easy access to all the attractions around Pemba, look no further than the enticing Pemba Beach Lodge and Spa. The lodge is found on the famous Wimbe Beach, and its guests enjoy sunset cruises, island tours, spa treatments, wind surfing, kayaking, water skiing, snorkelling and many more exciting opportunities.
The Ibo Island Lodge is established on the remote Mozambican island of Ibo, and is a refreshing break from the norm. This lodge has been the winner of numerous awards, including ‘Best Safari Cuisine’ and ‘Best Location’, and offers its guests one of the most romantic and relaxing settings on the continent of Africa. There is everything you need here on Ibo Island, from fantastic cultural experiences to intriguing dive locations and sailing trips on dhows.
Another amazing island experience awaits at the Medjumbe Island Resort and Spa. The scenery surrounding the resort is spectacular and you will spend your days swimming in the clear, turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, marvelling at the creatures of the sea on dive and snorkelling excursions, taking part in numerous other water sports or simply sipping cocktails with a perfect ocean view. You can even spend a night sleeping under the stars, as there are no mosquitoes here!