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Quirimbas National Park reviews

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“Don't rush! Give yourself a few days to sail between islands on a hired dhow. ” - Lindsayseegmiller

White sand beaches and early morning elephant hunts

Views: 753 Visited: Sep 2013 Reviewed: Sep 22, 2013

I spent two weeks exploring the QNP, poking around the mainland and a handful of the islands in the archipelago.

The islands here are what make Moz beaches famous. White sand beaches fringed with palm trees, contrasting the blue, teal and turquoise water. The white sails of local dhows are sprinkled across the horizon as they haul dinner for the archipelago. Lodges on Ibo Island will happily organize for you to join one of these dhows for a few days to hop between uninhibited islands and camping at night. I could not recommend this - especially a trip to Rolas - more! And take a snorkel! There are some local wrecks that are stunning for a cool down swim. While on Ibo, take time to enjoy the spectacular meals prepared based on what is pulled out of the ocean that very day.

The snorkeling and diving is unreal. Our first dive at the lighthouse had me feeling like I was in an aquarium. Apart from the giant schools of brightly coloured fish, we also came upon two sea turtles and a small reef shark!

Moving onto the mainland was a bit more challenging. One lodge (Mareja) is in operation, and they run treks through the bush. It is a spectacular lodge in an old colonial house, and a stunning park. However, poaching is an enormous problem. Animal sightings are difficult and quick. We spent 5 days tracking elephants to no avail. The local guides are full of knowledge and make these walks very interesting in spite of the skiddish animals. There is wildlife there though - millions of tracks dot the roads, and we heard lion and hyenas calling at night. They are just very very wary of humans.

Be aware that this park and accommodation is very basic. There is no food or water readily available so you must be fully self sufficient. The old colonial house does have a spectacular porch which makes for ideal afternoon reading.

All in all - its a stunning park that could just use a bit more maintenance. Highly recommend a visit, particularly to the coast!

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