Mozambique : Pemba and the North Coast
The Cabo Delgado Province in the far north of Mozambique is still fairly undeveloped, with fishing communities dotting the coastline and vast swathes of untouched wilderness. The town of Pemba is Mozambique's gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago, a bustling port town with a long history with the African, Arabic and Portuguese traders that patronised this route. Although a fairly unremarkable place for the visitor, it does have great beaches and is a prime location for watersports and diving. Further north is one of the most remote and untouched areas on the East African coast, where the bush meets the dazzling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and you can chill out on powder white beaches and dive the pristine coral reefs.
Across the bay from Pemba Town, reached by boat, is the new Londo Lodge. Londo is an exclusive beach hideaway set on a peninsula looking over to Pemba. It has six open-fronted suites with stunning views across the bay, each with a romantic private teak deck with sunset views and an outdoor shower as well as a luxurious bathroom. The Baobab suite has a sitting room downstairs and the bedroom upstairs with an indoor and outdoor shower and a private plunge pool. The restaurant is renowned for its food, and there is a wonderful coral stone cliff-top swimming pool. Activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and exploring the surrounding mangroves by traditional dug-out canoe.
Guludo is an eco-friendly community lodge on a stunning isolated stretch of beach on the Mozambique mainland (north of Pemba), and, set within the Quirimbas National Park, you get the best of the beach and sea combined with the forest and wildlife of the African bush. The lodge is simple but beautiful, and has recently been upgraded to include thatched bandas and two suites as well as the tented bandas. All the rooms are set privately above the beach, each with raised king size beds overlooking the sea, and private verandas with a hammock to snooze away lazy afternoons. There is fantastic diving and snorkelling from the lodge (it has its own PADI dive centre), as well as 'beauty on the beach' spa treatments performed by the local women's co-operative. The lodge has introduced a number of excellent local community projects, which Farside Africa supports when you stay there. You can either fly in or drive in from Pemba. The road option is a rather bumpy 4-5 hour drive through the Quirimbas National Park, but it's a great opportunity to see more of everyday life on mainland Mozambique.
"Guludo is stunning. We just loved it and we'll be sending everyone we know!!"
Matt & Helena, Nottingham