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I'm glad to put Ibo island on TrekEarth map.

Ibo is a small island off northern Mozambique coast, one of the historical slave trade center that the portuguese colonials used along the East African shores.

Ibo's charm relies now on a quaint but severely decayed stone village, quite similar to Ilha de Mozambique on a much more smaller range, but with a more aerial and island feel.

I'll probably come back to it late on but boredom due to limited access is probably the ultimate plague in Ibo... Alcohol problems and AIDS owe much to a "non happening" location.

Just imagine it takes either a private plane (200USD pp. for a 20 minute return flight) or a 10 hours trip to acess Ibo from Pemba, the northern Mozambique capital. Hence tourists are not so frequent on the island and locals think it twice before going to the landside.

I had the chance to stay for two days on the brand new opening of the guesthouse called "cinco portas" located inside an old trade house, an excellent value for money.

The Swiss owner Jorg knows a lot about northern Mozambique and tries to set up local events in this ghost town like traditional performances, for the only 16 gringos that were on the island that day.

Traditional Northern Mozambique muslim dance, as performed by girls, is a strange mix of african move, arabian singing and muslim prudishness.
The girls sitting in a group begin by moving their heads back, forth and round at the sound of a lead singer, soon the move is amplified with the voices, when the chorus starts, they lift up and frantically move their upper body while remaining on their knees. A kind of dance frustration : african groove leashed by muslim behaving rules.
In the end it brings a very unusual and exotic experience to see.

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A special thanks to Jorg who also knows the way to sack the drunken local policeman off his place, whenever the guy asks me more than paying him a beer.

I will be updating an Ibo gallery in pbase.

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