Pemba is the capital of Cabo Delgado province, the northernmost province of Mozambique. It is set on a peninsula overlooking a massive deep water bay. Originally a small fishing village - now the neighbourhood of Paquitequete - Pemba as a commercial centre was founded by the Niassa Company at the beginning of the 20th century, when it was known as Porto Amélia after a queen of Portugal. The oldest part of town, the baixa, centered around the port and adjacent to Paquitequete, houses Pemba's oldest and most attractive buildings, though it takes some imagination to see past their current state of disrepair. The busiest part of town now is set on the hill above the port, and most of the banks, services and shops are on the central Avenida Eduardo Mondlane.
Last counted the population of Pemba was over 150,000 and fast growing. The city's inhabitant are primarely Makua but many Makonde and Mwani people also live in Pemba.
Tourism, still in its early stages, is centered on Wimbe beach, some 5km east of town. Here several hotels and restaurants are set on or near the beach, a palm-fringed crescent of white sand. The tropical climate ensures that the water is always warm, and Pemba is best known for its excellent scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing. Pemba also serves as the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago, the 29 pristine islands dotted up the northern coast all the way to the border of Tanzania.
A little further south of Pemba you will find the pristine beaches of Chuíba and Murrébuè - excellent spot for kitesurfing enthusiasts. They really are exceptional in terms of white velvet sand, shaded by the occasional coconut tree, and warm inviting seas in all different shades of turquoise.
• City tour of Pemba
• Scuba Diving
• Game fishing
• Kite surfing
• Day trip to Londo Lodge
Pemba is located in the most northern province of Cabo Delgado.
There are daily domestic flights with LAM from Maputo and regular flights from Nampula and Beira to Pemba.
SA Airlink flies several times a week directly from OR Tambo, Johannesburg International Airport, to Pemba International Airport (POL).
LAM offers regional flights several times per week from Johannesburg with a quick stop in Maputo and also from Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania and Nairobi in Kenya, code sharing with Kenya Airways.