Ilha Blue Island Safaris is the creation of Pete Allsop and Gail Woods, two avid travellers, one from England and one from Australia. They’ve travelled independently to all corners of Africa but it wasn’t until 2010 that they came to Africa together on a trip to the south of Mozambique and predictably fell in love with its vibrant people and dazzling coastline.
However, they were concerned by just how little local people were benefiting from the expanding tourism economy. Foreign visitors were pouring into the south yet this was doing little to alleviate poverty. So there and then they decided to explore the north of the country in search of a spot with obvious potential and then work with locals to prepare for the tourism opportunities ahead. Ilha de Mozambique is the place they chose, a surprisingly little known jewel just waiting to be re-discovered.
Each of our tours provides a unique and intimate Ilha experience.
Ilha Blue Island Safaris has won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. Ilha Blue was long listed for the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2016. And won GOLD in the African Responsible Tourism Awards in 2017 – ‘Best for Engaging People and Culture’.
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