Wow, what a week!

In February we had one of the most successful guide exchanges that the Travelhadores* have done so far. It was a busy time because we also had a cruise ship to manage which is exciting.

A visit by 4 newly accredited guides from Gorongosa National Park

The guides spent a week with us here on Ilha, discovering their history and enjoying new learning experiences. There was lots of fun but also a serious side, meeting local officials and tourism business operators to strengthen relations between Mozambique’s two most iconic tourism destinations – Ilha De Mozambique and Gorongosa National Park.

Samuel sharing a friendly handshake with Atumane Wilson the Vereador for Tourism


Historic bike tour passing the hospital. Bike riding ,kayaking, snorkelling and sailing were also on the busy program


Representing Gorongosa and Ilha Blue – like long lost friends


Local lunch spot. Not surprisingly eating was a big part of the experience with seafood and matapa siri siri everyone’s favorites.


Bruno and Judith from Jardim dos Aloes serving the most delicious seafood lunch


Gail and Sgnes enjoying dinner at Bar Flor rooftop restaurant


A moment’s contemplation in an unfamiliar place. There were times when it felt like two worlds coming together. People from mountains, flood plains and forests experiencing island life for the very first time.


Lovely lunch curtesy of Jardim dos Aloes


In front of the old hospital – coming back from lunch I think.


Looking very official on the day of the cruise ship. For Ilha Blue, cruise ship days are our busiest times, but we wanted the Gorongosa team to see how we pull it all together on then day.

Exchanges like this are so important

We see it as a way to build strong networks, as well as opportunities for personal and professional growth. Generous support came from local operators Ilha Blue, Blue Zissou, Cafe Central, Escondidinho, Jardim Dos Aloes and Coral Lodge. Between them they provided all the tours, meals and accommodation for free.

*Travelhadores is the name for a network of tourism operators in Northern Mozambique. Its purpose is to give local tourism workers the opportunity to experience other places and different tourism businesses, both for fun and learning.

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