The Quirimbas by land and by sea

The Quirimbas by land and by sea

kayak-846078_1280The first park in Africa to be created at the request of local inhabitants was the Quirimbas National Park in Mozambique. The park has been generously endowed with excellent birding and terrestrial wildlife, world-class diving, and splendid guided kayak tours, all within its own boundaries. Here’s what you can expect when visiting this piece of paradise

An ecologist’s dream come true…

Since its inception in June 2002, the Quirimbas National Park has protected over 750,600 hectares of Mozambique’s pristine land and marine habitats including six central districts of the Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique. From the Miombo woodlands in the mountains down through the lush coastal forests that are rapidly disappearing elsewhere in east Africa, to the exquisite coral reefs and sea grass of the archipelago´s waters, this area is an ecologist’s dream come true.

An abundance of animal life…

Animals that can be found on the mainland areas of Quirimabas National Park range from elephant and lion to wild dog and many other land-based species. The Quirimbas Archipelago comprises common-dolphins-914548_1280over 30 islands which dot 110 kilometers of Mozambique’s magnificent coastline. For the most part, these uninhabited islands remain covered in thick mangrove forests with countless species of birds; yet white sands of pristine beaches flash brightly along the coast.

Aside from stunning beaches, avitourism and wild animals, it is the abundant marine life in the waters of the Quirimbas National Park that render this destination truly exceptional. So far, 375 species of fish have been identified within these waters. Sea turtles, Humpback whales and several species of dolphin, as well as the endangered Dugong can all be found within the archipelago.

A diver’s paradise…

turtle-684348_1280 - CopyDivers of all levels will enjoy the experience of a lifetime in the Quirimbas National Park. The diversity of dive sites is increased by the variations in submerged topography – each of which is worth exploring. Majestic sting rays, abundant reef fish and curious turtles can be seen within shallow coral gardens, but there are also dives with sheer drops into the deep blue.

Watch numerous schools of large game fish bustle about in a marine metropolis during the Quirimbas Rush Hour. The list of dive sites is practically endless, and yet so much of the Quirimbas National Park remains unexplored. For more about diving in Mozambique, click here.

The perfect getaway…

If you want to take advantage of the bush, beach and diving activities available at Quirimbas National Park, the award-winning Guludo Beach Lodge, located on the mainland, is an ideal choice.

Ibo Island Lodge will host your stay in one of several magnificent mansions lovingly restored to their original elegance. Qualified bird guides are available for bird walks, top dive masters will take you on a dive in the deep blue or a snorkeling excursion along the coral reefs. One-day and multi-day kayak tours are also operated off Ibo Island.crab-649568_1280 - Copy

For those who want to dive, fish, swim or bob – Vamizi Island on its 12km-long island is the perfect choice. Spot the resident coconut crabs and hundreds of species of birds! For a really exclusive location, choose Azura at Quilálea Private Island or Medjumbe Private Island and enjoy the isolated luxury of an uninhabited island…

Contact Dana Tours today to book your perfect getaway in the Quirimbas National Park.

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