Picture perfect Pemba. The wheel has made a full turn in Mozambique and it's a delight to watch. In particular for southern hemisphere travellers, where despite profound political turbulence in the 60's and 70's, this lovely stretch of the southern African coastline managed to retain an 'island style' status for many South Africans.
These days it's a done deal as visitors flock to this stretch of paradise with the locals wishing you bemvindos (welcome back). Pemba is located in the far north of the country near the Tanzanian border and is the perfect port city to lay your hat this holiday, with the offer of first class accommodation and pampering.
You’ll be spoilt for choice, from simple, rustic settings right on the beach such as Pemba Dive and Bush Camp to the ultimate luxury of retreats such as Chiuba Bay Hotel and Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa. Establishments in Pemba offer quality facilities such as air-conditioning, satellite TV and mini bars – with even the more rustic alternatives offering internet cafes and laundry rooms.
Restaurants in Pemba are key features of all establishments and offer an amazing array of fresh seafood as well as traditional island fare that will have you longing for the lunch and dinner 'bell' all day everyday. Without a doubt, once you check in, it will be difficult to check out.
Explore some of the world’s richest coral reefs situated close to the shore
Various hotels, bars, dive centres and beach side restaurants
Tropical setting with an un-spoilt coastline
A prime Mozambique holiday destination for water sports and scuba diving enthusiasts
Modern holiday accommodation with all the necessary amenities is offered to enhance your stay in Pemba. Accommodations and resorts are of an excellent standard an offer all the modern ... Pemba Accommodation
Pemba is a fantastic water sport and diving destination. Visit Ibo Island in the Quirimbas as a day tour and enjoy a host of fishing activities on Pemba. Pemba offers daytours and fly in ... Pemba Tours
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Pemba, the centre of Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique, is the world's third largest port and has a long tradition of fishing and commerce inherited by the Arabs as far back as 800 years ago. Until the end of the 19th century, the most important commerce of the region was the ivory trade as well as the capture and export of slaves, first by Arabs and later by Portugese colonialists.
With its deep water port and strategic location along the east African coastline, Pemba was destined to become Mozambique's capital during colonial times. But in the scramble to secure the south from competing colonial powers, the Portuguese selected Delagoa Bay (Lourenco Marques, now Maputo) as their capital instead. Today a beautiful, crumbling town of 200 000 residents, Pemba has developed its tourism potential, forming a natural gateway to the wildlife-rich interior and the jewel-like Quirimbas Archipelago offshore. The island destinations of Matemo and Medjumbe are located just a short plane trip away, as is the wilderness of Lugenda, set in the remote and untrammeled 42 000 square km Niassa wildlife reserve.
The climate around Pemba is generally tropically humid with the average temperature ranging from 21.5 - 32 degrees celsius. The hot rainy season usually runs from December to April, whilst the dry season between May and September is ideal for tourism activities, boasting an average temperature of 28 degrees with cooler nights.