Just back from Mozambique. Stayed at Miti Miwire for three nights. We had an upstairs room which frankly wasn't made for anything more than sleeping and then getting the hell out of it. Not even a chair where you could sit down for example. The bathroom is pitch dark. The worst thing about it though is the noice. We had a "pleasure" for being there for the weekend when the local "disco" (which is just around the corner) produces the most terrible music ever at the loudest volume imaginable. All night long of course (with the help of a generator). Add to this the noice from the garden which the room faces and where the bar and sitting area are and you'll get the idea... And at 5:30 AM the cook (who I must say is really nice and prepares tasty dinners) already starts sweeping the ground around the garden. Joerg, the owner, is also a nice guy. Very helpful. He gives you all the info needed. He can also arrange a trip with his motorboat to the sandbank, shipwreck and Matemo island. Won't be cheap though! One thing he could do is to introduce his staff to the guests cause you never know who is an employee and who is just hanging around there. There always was at least ten people (teenage boys) lying around the place, especially in the evening. It took me two days to figure out who the barman is. Wouldn't hurt if any of the staff spoke some English also... All in all Ibo is a good jump off point to the other Quirimbas islands, but one day there is enough in my opinion. Make sure you start arranging any dhow cruise around the Quirimbas archipelago waaaaay in advance otherwise you'll be stranded on Ibo and won't get much further than the Matemo island (as in our case unfortunately).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Miti Miwiri which in the local language, means "Two Trees", is located at the heart of the old town. Surrounded by nature and mango trees, impregnated of an imperial atmosphere that reminds the old Portuguese colonial rule, is the perfect place to begin your African experience and to explore the Quirimbas Archipelago; embracing its virgin islands, its turquoise waters, its golden beaches and a Mwani culture still proudly preserved.Our lodge is located on the beautiful Ibo Island, the most famous amongst the thirty coral islands that make up the untouched and wild Quirimbas Arquipelago.Ibo Island, Quirimbas capital for centuries, considered culturally and historically one of the jewels of Mozambique, known as the little sister of “Mozambique Island” because of their architectural similarities, is located in the central area of the islands, or in the heart of the archipelago, just 45 minutes by boat from the mainland. ... more less