Book a hotel in Quirimba Archipelago for your next tropical holiday.

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The Quirimba Archipelago is a network of 32 coral islands off the coast of northern Mozambique, Africa in the Indian ocean. This isolated and remote area has been largely untouched by civilization and makes for an ideal tropical get away from the hustle and fuss of city life. Before 1975, only four of these islands were permanently inhabited. The small villages that make up the locals today are modest fishing communities.

The long stretches of white sandy beach are ecologically pristine, making snorkelling along the coral and marine coast an activity not to be missed. Thanks to the warm and temperate weather, snorkelling and diving are a year-round activity to be enjoyed alongside game fishing. In 2002, the Quirimba National Park became a protected area, ensuring the preservation of these beautiful undeveloped islands. The park spans 7,500 square kilometres and contains 11 of the southern islands.

Be sure to make a trip to the Ibo Island to take in its rich history. Initially an Arab colony, up until the 10th century, Ibo became an important Swahili trading post. The Swahili language that now dominates coastal Kenya, northern Mozambique, and the Tanzania seaboard is a mix of the Arab and Bantu languages. The word Swahili derives from the Arabic word, sawahil, meaning coast.

The IBOIsland features four forts dating back to 1754 that can be visited to see the Portuguese heritage that colonized the island for approximately 500 years. The last of the Portuguese settlers have moved out by 1975. The buildings have deteriorated and have been left in ruin, as the locasl would prefer to live in their own villages. The population of the island is approximately a mere 4000.

As the civilization in the Quirimba Archipelago is mostly undeveloped, the hotels are more akin to a beach lodge, giving you a more intimate experience with the beautiful environ. Get away from it all and book accommodation in Quirimba Archipelago for your next tropical holiday.

Self drive is a great option when visiting Mozambique

If you will be vacationing in Mozambique, driving yourself around the beautiful country is superb idea. It is an experience that will be memorable, adventurous, inexpensive and it is the perfect destination if you are into photography. You can drive to Mozambique with your own car or you can hire a vehicle when you get in there. If you drive to Mozambique using your own car, you should know that you are expected to pay vehicle fees when you get to the border.

In addition to this, you should have your documents ready such as your passport. If you will not have your car but you want to hire one in the country, you can be able to acquire a vehicle from one of the many car hire companies that are available. It is advisable to rent a 4×4 for self drive adventures since some of the roads may not be very smooth.

There are various places that you can visit including Victoria Falls where you can see the famous waterfall and if you are fortunate, you can have a glimpse of the Moonbow. Quirimbas Islands which consist of 31 islands is also a nice place to visit during your adventure.It is a paradise on its own and you will not regret visiting this beautiful place.

Other places you can visit include Gorongosa National Park, Medjumbe Island, Bazaruto Island and Ponta D’ouro. Before embarking on the self drive adventure, you should ensure that you have a map or GPRS for guidance.

Beach driving is illegal since it destroys some of the animal habitats so you can look out for a place to leave your car when you are planning to visit the beach. Something else that you should be aware of are the police officers. Some may fine drivers even for the smallest offenses so you should be absolutely careful and have all your documents if you are a foreigner.

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