Pemba Hotels

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The sheer variety of holiday opportunities in Mozambique puts it on the map as a premier destination for family holidays and honeymoons. From beach breaks to safaris and everything in between, Mozambique has it all! And the most awesome part is, you can easily combine your experiences into one itinerary! Whether you choose the tranquillity and remoteness of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Islands, or the fast paced tempo of city life, there are holiday packages just for you. There are so many places you can go and the coastal town of Pemba with its wonderful choice of Pemba hotels is certainly one place worth visiting.

The gateway to the magnificent islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago, the port city of Pemba has a wealth of holiday opportunities on its lovely stretches of beach and a tour of its interior will reveal some fascinating buildings from an era of Portuguese reign plus an intriguing blend of cultures. Although many holidaymakers use Pemba hotels as stop overs on their way to the islands, it can be said that these hotels are amongst the finest in Mozambique accommodation.

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Nzuwa Lodge
Situ Island Resort

So base yourself in your choice of accommodation in Pemba and Wimbe Beach and start exploring this quaint town and mingle with its friendly locals. Among Pemba’s best hotels is Avani Pemba Beach Hotel, a striking hotel that is conveniently located a few minutes from the airport and within easy access to the town’s fine restaurants and bars plus other places worth visiting. With regular flights landing at Pemba airport from Johannesburg, this coastal town is fast becoming popular with tourists who will be making their way to the splendid Quirimbas Archipelago. This has seen the sprouting of quite an impressive number of Pemba hotels, all offering the best in service and facilities for the modern traveller.

As Mozambique’s top performing tour operator with unbeaten prices on accommodation deals in Pemba, we are the right people to talk to. We know Pemba very well because we have been sending guests there for many years. Our team of friendly advisers have also been to this wonderful town and are well versed with the area and the properties there. Let us help you find the right packages and specials for your once in a lifetime Mozambique honeymoon in tropical paradise. Contact us today and our expert consultants will help take the stress out of planning your dream holiday.

 

10 of Mozambique’s best kept secrets

Mozambique's best kept secrets

When you hear the word Mozambique you immediately think white beaches, swaying palm trees, untouched game reserves and sandy roads. Space, wilderness areas, azure turquoise seas, islands in the sun and friendly, smiley people. Now we have found 10 of Mozambique’s best kept secrets that reveal more about this fascinating African tourist destination. Hidden from the main stream tourist routes and often not even heard about, these secret spots will open your heart and mind to the real beauty of Mozambique:

    1. FEIMA – Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica – Maputo – a wondrous colourful place where you can find anything created by hand: baskets, wooden boxes, carved bowls, jewellery, T-shirts, art and much more. Barter your way around and get good prices for quality souvenirs to take home. Sit down at one of the two restaurants within the market grounds for something Mozambican and delicious.
    2.  Fort Sao Sebastian – Mozambique Island – impressive in size and history, this landmark on Ilha de Mozambique is the oldest complete fort still standing south of the equator and many feel it is the finest military building in Africa. The Portuguese started building the fort in 1558 and took 62 years to finish their masterpiece. There is little information about this iconic building but it is worth the visit just to feel its aura.
    3. Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Fatima – Nampula – If you love churches, then visit Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral or the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima in Nampula. This Catholic Church still functions as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Nampula and was built between 1941 and 1955. Check out the two towers and arched portico.
    4. Ndzou camp – Chimoio – get back to nature in an eco-camp in the middle of Moribane Forest Reserve near Chimoio. A local NGO called Eco-Micaia and a local community developed this amazing initiative together in a bid to conserve and preserve the beautiful forest and their endemic elephants. Enjoy great food, accommodation and staff who treat you to elephant tracking safaris in authentic nature. Go “back to the basics” way of life, using saved water from the tank and power from the solar batteries. Your dedicated guide will mix legends and field knowledge while looking for the elephants.
    5. Swim with the dolphins – Ponto do Ouro – experience the unforgettable thrill of this surreal ocean swim with wild Dolphins. Learn more about these playful and very clever mammals from the researchers who go with you. The Dolphin Centre has nurtured a very special bond with a group of wild dolphins that come regularly to Ponta do Ouro waters. The creature-human relationships are strong and the two mammal species really have learned to socialise under water Follow the responsible Code of Conduct, appreciate the sustained conservation of the ocean and its creatures.

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Ponto dolphins

    1. Maputo Elephants Board – enter one of the remaining unspoiled regions of vast, craggy and magnificent beauty in southern Mozambique. This is 4×4 country so come prepared for adventure and wild fun. This reserve forms part of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area, home to more than 200 elephants. The best part of your holiday is the many close encounters you get with these huge creatures for a thrilling and serene experience that is certainly not to be missed. The Reserve covers approximately 90 km2, and rises from sea level to approximately 150 metres near the western border. Look out for hippopotamus, duiker, zebra, kudu, baboons and bushpigs. There are also said to be important nesting sites for sea turtles along the west coast.
    2. Street bash in Pemba on Sundays– Stroll down the main road just behind Wimbe Beach in Pembe on a Sunday afternoon around 3pm. You will be pleasantly surprised at the throngs of happy people also strolling along. You may wonder if it is someone’s birthday or a festival but this is the usual Sunday afternoon vibe. Join in the jam sessions with the sounds of guitar and drums then sit down where you are to eat delicious street food from various vendors along the street. Or pop into one of the many restaurants for authentic peri-peri prawns and traditional Mozambican and Portuguese cuisine.
    3. Ibo Island Dhow Safaris – Jump on board a modernised, motorised dhow with billowing white sails and you will be in the hands of our pro guide and experienced skipper and crew. Ibo Island Lodge is the only operator to offer fully guided mobile Island hopping dhow safaris in the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago National Park in northern Mozambique. You will spend your sunny days snorkelling, diving and sea kayaking. Throw in three nights of comfort at Ibo Island Lodge, with all its fascinating history and culture, and you are set for a dhow safari of a lifetime!

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    1. Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel Conference & Wellness Centre – for real comfort and style, choose this modern accommodation where luxury and privacy matter. A spacious, fully serviced en-suite bedroom, fully equipped self-catering pied à terre, or combinations of both – for the perfect holiday base in Mozambique. Wake up to breath-taking sea views and indulge in spa treatments or a gym session. Meet caring, friendly staff, taste superb food, and sip cocktails in the sparkling infinity pool. Find it on an elevated plateau with panoramic views over the islands of Bazaruto Archipelago.
    2. Matapa – you simply have to try this traditional dish that the locals love. A Mozambican speciality that goes best with prawns and rice and a meal most Mozambicans choose if given a choice. Matapa is made from stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. Be a devil and sample this wholesome dish next time you are hungry. You won’t regret it. When in Rome…

We have introduced you to 10 of Mozambique’s best-kept secrets so can you keep a secret? Go and find these things and rate them according to their uniqueness, their ability to entertain and create happiness for all tourists.

Start Panning your escape to Mozambique and let us know if there are any more secrets out there worth keeping.

Top 5 Conference Venues

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It appears that business is booming in Mozambique and opportunity is ripe for the picking. The African Economies Outlook Report states that economic growth in Africa should be up to 5% by next year despite huge and damaging issues to attend to such as the Ebola crisis, the South African visa laws and uncertain politics in the West. This hopefully means that the country is stable and a great place to risk an investment or two.

We all know that Mozambique is the number one holiday destination in Africa with its appeal of pure white beaches, sky-blue ocean and ocean-blue sky. We all love the island escapes which challenge the idyllic advertisements for Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zanzibar – real coconut palms, luxury villas made from reeds, wood, stone and thatch, and awesome water sports waiting for you to make them happen.

We all love the zippy vibe of Maputo which comes alive at night – check out the bars and nightclubs if you want to see what the city is really about, or go seafood tasting at some world class restaurants which line the wide streets of the city centre. These are also the features that attract businessmen to Mozambique – who want to find that work-play balance.

Mozambique attracts business people to seminars and conferences regarding its environmental resources and rapid development plans. Maputo offers world class hotels and conference facilities that rival some of the best overseas in the first world. Add to this the wildlife, the tropical setting and the friendly people and you have a very attractive business travel destination.
Looking further than Maputo, towards destinations like the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, Vilanculos, and to Pemba, the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago is wise as there are quality conference facilities in these up and coming towns too. Vilanculos now offers its own conference centre right on the sea and it is ideally situated beside an international airport and harbour town.

In fact, the standard of conference venues and facilities in Mozambique is on a par with those of Johannesburg, the only real difference being maybe the language situation where conference delegates are dealing with Portuguese people and therefore may need to be extra clear about their meeting needs before they get there.

Conference organisers in Mozambique have become increasingly busy and appreciate clear instructions when they are setting up a meeting venue so that they can adhere to their quality standards and service. This applies to many top hotels in the country too. Conferences in Mozambique are hot right now so read on to find out where to go for your next business meeting or seminar.

1. The Joaquin Chissano International Conference Centre – Maputo
Take six star business services, audio visual equipment and various seating arrangements and add to this internet access, onsite catering, wheelchair access and easy accessibility and you have a remarkable conference centre in Maputo. Maputo is these days considered to be the conference capital of Mozambique, let alone the capital city, and the Joaquin Chissano International Conference Centre (JCICC) is the gemstone in the cluster of venues you can choose for your seminar.

If you book this meeting facility for your company’s conference, you will get the added advantage of great views over Maputo Bay, a great central location and a choice of rooms depending on your group size and needs. The JCICC can take up to 1000 delegates in its Grand Plenary Hall and there are also grand banqueting rooms with glass walls and stunning gardens where events or functions can be arranged! Imagine sipping cocktails after your conference as the city comes alight and the sun sets – Maputo is definitely the top African business city of the day.

This developing African country boasts attractive environmental resources to which investors are drawn like bees to a honeypot. Company representatives arrive in Maputo on a regular basis to do business, meeting with others involved in industry and commerce. We provide your group with irresistible sales incentives to get your meeting going in the right direction.

2. Vilanculos Conference Centre
The cherry on the top for Vilankulo is the brand new conference centre that is attracting increasing numbers of business delegates to meet and greet and take their businesses forward. This world class venue can accommodate from 20 to 100 delegates in it small meeting rooms and large conference suites.
Air-conditioned amenities include up to date technology and plenty of light – look out over the Indian Ocean, towards the idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Sit back in between meetings to enjoy lunches and teas at the spanking new restaurant and cocktail bar at this new conference destination in Vilankulo.

Book into some great accommodation nearby and walk to “work” daily along the sparkling beaches beside the harbour. This meeting facility is also close to the airport and harbour so that conference delegates do not have to feel as if they are wasting time as they travel between their meetings and their transport outlets.

The best part about the Vilanculos conference centre is its high tech facilities and first class service. You can arrange your meeting according to a variety of specific layouts using their amazing gadgets to make an impact on your audience.

3. Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa
Choose your business getaways for their state of the art conference facilities where business delegates can meet in peace, relax in top gear and see some of the beauty of Mozambique – so choose the Pemba Beach Hotel on Wimbe Beach where the picturesque setting, right on the beach, and rooms looking out into the Quirimbas Archipelago add great value to any conference.
The conference venue is modern and well equipped for up to 200 delegates who can use the overhead projector, slide projector, white board, notebook projector and air-conditioned meeting rooms. Corporate clients really appreciate the tea and coffee facilities, bar fridges, and TVs in their rooms, not the mention the swimming pool, health spa, sauna and other world class facilities at this hotel and conference centre in Pemba.
The sea offers its fruits in the evenings in the form of fresh crayfish, crab, game fish and calamari. Are you drooling yet for this cuisine and for this standard of conferencing? Pemba is a conference venue where you have to incorporate some play time – close to Niassa Wildlife Reserve, this northern port and airport town is also the centre of kite surfing and swimming in warm waters. Go snorkelling between meetings and sip a cocktail as the sun sets into the azure Indian Ocean.

It is true that business travel in Mozambique can be carefully blended with leisure activities – your corporate clients are therefore increasingly attracted to places like Pemba, where they can enjoy the latest business and conferencing facilities and take advantage of great sales incentives.
Stay in one of 102 upmarket rooms at the Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa with their en-suite marble bathrooms, tasteful Arabian decor, satellite TV and Persian rugs. Balconies look out over the sea towards the Quirimbas Archipelago making this your dream Mozambique seminar destination.
Business delegates can choose from two bars and a comfortable lounge for drinks and snacks before sampling five star gourmet food. And for leisure times, watersports are in at Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa – windsurfing, knee boarding, wake boarding and sailing are a few of the activities on offer. A walk around Pemba town will reveal traditional markets, fantastic restaurants and bars.

4. Hotel Cardoso
A conference that is held at the Maputo Hotel Cardoso is made very easy because it is so close to the airport and the business centre of Maputo – such attractive and statuesque accommodation commands a spectacular view over the bay and sprawling city from its perch on the hill.

Hotel Cardoso is used to hosting conferences and large functions such as weddings – they have all the necessary equipment and catering facilities for large groups that expect first class service and surroundings. Conference delegates appreciate luxury accommodation in rooms with Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and views over Maputo.

This chic international hotel promises conference delegates the use of five venues for meetings which take different numbers of business guests. There are flip charts and markers, lanterns and laser high lighters, an overhead projector, white board, digital projector, microphones, a great sound system, a remote projection ceiling screen and other business services including secretarial assistance and photocopying.

When conference delegates want to relax, they like to do so in style so Hotel Cardoso promises your group banqueting evenings for up to 150 people, cocktail parties for 300 guests and informal dinner for 60 delegates. This is all about convenience, high tech facilities and hands-on attention to detail, not to mention the smiling Mozambican staff who want to ensure that your seminar is successful and complete.

Later, take a walk into the city and sample some vibrant night clubs and bars for awesome African and Portuguese entertainment.

5. Pestana Bazaruto Lodge – Bazaruto Archipelago

Team building and group travel are dynamic dimensions to business travel and conferencing in Mozambique – some companies like to add entertainment value to their staff growth sessions, using unique methods to ensure that their business is top of its range and staff are happy. What better destination to try this than the spectacular islands of the Mozambique Bazaruto Archipelago?

In particular, the largest island, Bazaruto, offers comfortable accommodation at the accomplished Pestana Bazaruto Lodge, a real home away from home yet a really stylish and world class conference facility too. Develop your team’s special dynamic by booking the luxury chalets right on the beach and trying some new exercises in between meetings.

Pestana Bazaruto is earthy and very African in its style and hospitality. Sink into the Mozambique architecture and enjoy 40 A-frame thatched beach bungalows equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with baths and open air showers, private decks and funky wooden furniture.

Most business delegates will arrive with little knowledge of the region, and will learn that the Bazaruto archipelago comprises Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magaruque Islands, as well as the smaller Banque and Santa Carolina, (previously known as Paradise Island). This famous National Park protects diverse marine and island species and their ecosystems – including forests, mangroves, rocky shores, grasslands and wetlands.

At the Pestana Bazaruto between 25 and 75 conference delegates can meet happily in the meeting room enjoying first class facilities. Delegates can attempt scuba diving and fishing during their breaks, or spend time in the games room playing table tennis, pool and board games. Out to sea, there is pro fishing, snorkelling, island hopping cruises, sundowner cruises and whale watching.

So, where will you book your next convention or conference or seminar, meeting or incentive travel trip or team building experience? There is definitely an increase in conferences in Mozambique and business travellers are finding their way not only to the main cities but also to the islands and other remote beach destinations to meet and discuss their corporate issues – with some light relief thrown in such as great wining and dining, fascinating sight-seeing, wonderful outdoor activities related to beaches and ocean and awesome nightly events too.
These top 5 venues offer you exciting opportunities for successful conference outcomes and staff bonding. Contact us for more information and we will tailor make your package deal for conferences in Mozambique.

Joie de Vivre at Chuiba Bay Lodge

Chuiba Bay Lodge

Joie de vivre awaits at Chuiba Bay Lodge, a premium holiday destination for the discerning guest. This speciality lodging in Chuiba is elegantly poised on the northeastern shores of the Mozambique coastline, just a few kilometres outside Pemba town.

Esteemed as one of the best accommodations in Pemba as demonstrated by the reviews and traveller comments on TripAdvisor, Chuiba Bay Lodge is a sublime beach holiday resort for Mozambique honeymoons. This stunning lodge perfectly combines its sublime location, world-class service and modern day comforts to provide a wonderful escape where unforgettable memories are made.

The lodge has 6 well-appointed chalets that are kitted to a tee with all the creature comforts you would find in a 5-star hotel. Conveniences include satellite TVs, ceiling fans, personal bars, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and safes. Each chalet features a spacious lounge with large patio doors that open out onto the beautiful surrounds. There is also an elegant en-suite bathroom complete with double basins, toilet and a deep bath. Large verandas with cushy day beds, a gym, spa plus 2 swimming pools all add to the allure of this exquisite lodge.

All of the Tripadvisor hotel reviews and guest feedback on Chuiba Bay Lodge are positive with some calling it ‘a piece of heaven!’ and others, ‘amazing!’ We share the same sentiments with those who have stayed at this lodge. We like this top Mozambique beach property for its location on a quiet stretch of beach and its glorious food which is prepared using fresh ingredients. The laid back ambience of the place is great and we highly recommend this lodge as an excellent base from which to explore the area and enjoy its many exploits.

 

Mozambique Scuba Diving

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Scuba is short for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, an excursion which deep sea divers do using gas cylinders with which to breathe. Don’t get left out in the fun, go on your Mozambique scuba diving holiday for an experience of note!

For those who haven’t experienced scuba diving, then some divers will agree that they haven’t lived. Venture into a world unknown and unveil the mysteries of the underwater realm. For long periods of time, you get to see rare marine creatures, shipwrecks, unusual seabed plants and caves.

Pemba is one of the best places for scuba diving in Mozambique, with a selection of dive sites rich in coral. One such site is the Penguin Shoal, a marvellous place with huge banks of coral at a deep 30m,enticing divers with their fabulous colours and resident crayfish. Baobab Rocks offers exceptional diving experiences, where divers can explore the rocks on a sandy slope going deep to another 30m. This site is only for advanced scuba divers. Look out for crocodile fish and black marlin.

Perhaps the best place to dive in Mozambique is Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Head straight for the light house dive with its deep walls and overhangs where astonishing reef sharks, reef fish, and rays live. A hop, skip and a jump away is the Rolas Island, which is a great place for beginner scuba divers who like shallower waters. Divers may see the shy pipe fish and nudibranchs!

Vamizi Island, has a truly healthy coral reef system one of which is Neptune’s Arm, which is now one of the most famed dive sites in the world. Scuba diving in Mozambique opens up so many doors to so many outstanding places. Contact one of our consultants who can help you find the ideal scuba diving opportunities for you.

Mozambique scuba diving is always sensational, with reefs going down to depths of 10 to 40m, and some 6,000 diverse fish species and corals to see. In the Bazaruto Archipelago, the islands of Benguerra,Bazaruto and Magaruque offer impressive diving in crystal clear waters with rare occurrences of boats.

 

 

 

 

Travel Guide – Your Questions Answered to Pemba

Pemba Manta Reef

Pemba is a port where fishing boats sail in and out, a base for tourists from which to explore northern Mozambique. It is a picturesque town which offers some of the best diving, snorkelling and fishing in Africa! The town is small with basic facilities, plenty of delicious seafood and Wimbe Beach which is frequented by travellers moving between the Quirimbas Archipelago and other delightful Mozambique destinations.

The capital of Cabo Delgado Province, Pemba boasts some up to date facilities such as  shops, banks, patisseries, cafes and restaurants and pubs. In the old town, find the traditional arts and crafts, especially the handmade silverware.

Getting to Pemba:

Flights land daily at Pemba airport from Mozambique centres, Johannesburg and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania). From Pemba, you can take a helicopter, a light aircraft or a boat to the islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago. You can also visit Niassa Wildlife Reserve where a pristine wildlife wilderness awaits you – spend days roaming the vast, untouched vistas which stretch into the horizon towards Tanzania.

When travelling by car to Pemba it is wise to have a 4×4 vehicle for sandy roads and potholes. It will take you an entire day to drive from Johannesburg, a total of 2 557 kilometres! Contact one of our consultants today to work out the best itinerary for you.

When to go:

The dry season is less humid in Pemba – May to November – and the summer months can be very hot and humid with monsoon winds and rain – December to April.

What to take:

Remember to take waterproof bags for boat transfers and water sports and keep bags light. Beach gear, flat shoes, cool clothing and snorkelling gear, some basic medical supplies plus your malaria medication, just in case. Camera, hats, sun cream, raincoat and sunglasses. That’s it!

Picture Perfect Pemba

Pemba Beach Hotel ; Pemba

The wheel has made a full turn in Mozambique and it’s a delight to watch, particularly 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.

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These days it’s a done deal as visitors flock to this stretch of paradise with the locals wishing you bemvindos (welcome back). Pemba located in the far north of the country near the Tanzanian border 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 on 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 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.