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!