Ilha de Mozambique is a unique and increasingly popular destination in Mozambique and a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island served as an Arab port before Vasco da Gama visited in 1498 and finally the Portuguese established a port and naval base here. The chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte built in 1522 is considered to be the oldest non-indigenous building in the southern hemisphere. The island was the country's first capital.
The fascinating mix of African, Arab and European culture and history is displayed in the churches and mosques, beautiful colonial buildings with thick walls and small traditional houses, the imposing fort, the old Portuguese houses (some dating back to the sixteenth century), the well-maintained, interesting museums and above all in the local population, their culture and their incredibly varied faces. There is a colourful and vibrant feel to the island with all the hustle and bustle; yet you can still feel the charm, sophistication and culture.
More and more guest houses and small boutique hotels are being opened in restored buildings, offering comfortable and charming accommodation at varied but not expensive prices. These rehabilitation activities are contributing to the gradual restoration of the island's former splendours.
• Guided tour of historic Ilha de Mozambique
• Cultural tour including buffet of local dishes
• Cultural night
• Boat trip to Goa Island to visit the lighthouse
• Boat trip to Ilha de Sete Paus for snorkelling & swimming
• Boat trip to Carrusca beach for swimming and lunch
• Boat trip to Cabaceira Grande for visit to village and church from the 16th century
Ilha de Mozambique is located in the province of Nampula, 180km east of Nampula town and 2,5 hours by car. Pemba to Ilha is 420km and takes almost 6 hours by road. The island is connected by a bridge with the mainland at Lumbo.
There are daily domestic flights from Maputo with LAM and several flights a week from Beira and Pemba to Nampula Airport (APL).
SA Airlink has regular direct flights between OR Tambo, Johannesburg International Airport and Nampula.
LAM offers regional flights from Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania and also code shares with Kenya Airways from Nairobi in Kenya.