QUIRIMBAS NATIONAL PARK
This is one of the protected areas found in Cabo Delgado Province, encompassing the southern part of the Quirimbas Islands, as well as a significant mainland area. The mainland region of Taratibua contain various inselbergs
The park was established in 2002 It stretches for 110 kilometres (68 mi) along the northeast coast of Mozambique, and contains the southernmost 11 of the Quirimbas islands. The park has a tropical climate with a rainy season from December to April and a drier but cooler season from May to September.
Accommodations for tourists range from basic beach-front cottages to luxurious villas. Islands include Ibo Island, Mefunvo Island, Matemo Island, Quirimba Island, Quisiva island, Quilálea Island, Sencar Island and Rolas Island
ECOLOGY AT QUIRIMBAS NATIONAL PARK
The park protects 913,000 hectares (2,260,000 acres) of coastal forest, mangroves and coral reefs. The region was isolated for decades during the Mozambican Civil War. On land, there are sparse populations of elephants, lions, leopards, crocodiles and even wild dog. Habitats include mountains, forests, woodland, savannah, mangroves, beaches, coral reefs and sea grass beds.
The park contains a rich variety of marine life including sea turtles, dolphins and many species of fish.
Three hundred and seventy-five species of fish have been identified, including threatened pipefish and seahorses.
The World Wide Fund for Nature was the operator of the Park in an agreement with the Mozambican government from 2002 to 2010, and continued to provide on-the-ground technical assistance until 2016. The Park attempts to ensure that local communities, park authorities and tour operators share management responsibilities and share benefits from the park. Objectives include protection, conservation and where needed restoration of the land and marine environment, conservation of marine species and their habitat and promoting eco-friendly ways of making a living among the traditional inhabitants of the park. The project includes a fishery management program.
A 2010 WWF review found that the main problems concerned lack of money in the sanctuaries, lack of incentives for rangers, and lack of follow-up by the park management when ranger report violations. The rangers recommended increasing the number of community rangers, providing incentives or salaries for these rangers, and running more environmental education programs. On a positive note, improvements in species quantity, size and diversity were recorded.
ACTIVITIES OFFERD AT QUIRIMBAS NATIONAL PARK
There is so much to discover in the Quirimbas islands. From local culture and history, to white sandy beaches and wildlife. Taking part in some of the activities and tours on offer will give you a real flavor of this special place.
For all of the tours listed below, you can get more information on arrival from Ibo’s Info Point the Fortaleza. Ibo is small and it doesn’t take long to make arrangements on the ground. If you’d like more information before you arrive.
As well as the tours on offer, you can explore some areas of the Quirimbas at your own pace. Kayaks can be rented from the larger hotels on the island and also from Archipelago.
Diving can be arranged via Ibo Island Lodge. This is the only dive outfit in the Quirimbas. Lodge guests take priority over other bookings.
SUP’s, bikes and snorkelling gear can also be rented on the island.
ACCOMMODATION AT QUIRIMBAS NATIONAL PARK
This national park has a variety of accommodation facilities and among these include,
Casa das Garças facility
is a conservation-orientated lodge, born from a joint initiative of Quirimbas National Park and the Italian Organization Istituto Oikos and funded by the Italian Cooperation.
We support practical initiatives to ensure the protection of the unique environment of the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north of Mozambique. Casa das Graces is not only a guesthouse but also a hub for environmental education and research: a place for travelers and researchers who wish to enjoy and protect biodiversity. We support collaboration between local and international universities, who use the lodge as a base to carry out important work in the archipelago.
Through eco-tourism and cultural exchange we aim to strive for a sincere, mutually beneficial engagement with the local community, working hand in hand with the people who call Ibo home.
Riwe da Sumburero.
Riwe da Sumburero is on the airport road in the Rituto neighborhood of Ibo Town. It has 5 en-suite rooms and can accommodate up to 10 guests. It is also possible to eat at Riwe da Sumburero with a reservation. A home delivery service is available and the restaurant and accommodation are open all year round. The manager Zuba can also help you to plan other elements of your trip.
There are other accommodation facilities like Kissirwa Tcha Wibo guest house, Dade Camping and many others.