is the name given to the most northerly 350km of the coast of Mozambique
, running up to the border with Tanzania. This is one of the most remote and beautiful sections of the Indian Ocean coastline and is blessed with superb palm-lined white-sand beaches and a string of tropical islands. We subdivide this coastline into three areas ...
Pemba Town is a major port and the location of the main airport for the region, with scheduled flights from Johannesburg
to the south and Dar es Salaam
to the north. Set on a peninsular at the mouth of a large bay, Pemba is the main settlement in this northeast region and is pleasant enough, without being of great interest to the majority of international visitors, other than as a transport hub. Despite the presence of some surprisingly good hotels, we rarely end up including nights here.Pemba Beach Hotel
... is a surprisingly large and lavish facility, a very comfortable base from which to explore the town, but primarily focused on domestic and business travellersMequfi Beach Resort
... is a rather chic modern beach resort around 10km to the southeast of town.
Qurimbas South is a very beautiful stretch of coast that runs for 100km north from Pemba Town and comprises largely of remote and uninhabited white-sand beaches, fringed by a string of beautiful islands. We tend to recommend this area mainly to guests who are particularly keen to get way off the beaten track and explore this remote part of the Indian Ocean coast, whilst also being prepared to endure the addition cost and hassle of getting here. The lodges in this area can be combined by road, boat and air over the course of a week or so, which really can add up to quite an adventure.Azura Quilalea Island
... is the most upmarket beach lodge in the area, set on a very pleasant and otherwise uninhabited offshore island.Ibo Island Lodge
... is a very interesting cultural option set within an historic Swahili settlement on a remote island.Guludo Lodge
... is a much simpler but still very pleasant option on the mainland coast, which also enables exploration of the most wildlife reserves of the interior.
Qurimbas North is the most northerly, most remote and arguably most beautiful section of the 2200km Mozambique coastline, packed with wonderful tropical beaches and beautiful offshore islands. Getting to this remote part of the coast can be a difficult and expensive business. For this reason the only lodges that have been constructed in the area have been relatively high-end, since customers are, in theory, able to afford expensive private charter flights in order to gain access. However even this strategy seems to be failing, leaving the coast to slowly revert to its previous virginal state.Vamizi Island
... was a very high-end lodge on an extremely beautiful island, but which failed to attract sufficient custom and now largely closed down, but does still offer private villa rentals.Medjumbe Island
... is now the only significant lodge in the area, but one which we feel is not of sufficient quality to warrant the long journey.