The team of people behind Ibo Island Lodge are both professional and dynamic. We are also deeply passionate about our lodge and product, and the positive impact it has made on this once forgotten island of Ibo.
As a team of industry professionals we have travelled Mozambique from top to bottom and spent many years promoting and packaging this unique destination to guests from all over the world.
When we first found Ibo Island we knew that we had to share this incredibly special discovery, so we built a lodge and planted our roots. Our lodge management team, guides, ground staff, housekeepers and sales and reservations team are some of the best in our industry, and we are all committed to the on-going positive growth and development of Ibo Island Lodge.
Our reservations office is in Cape Town. Our ground operations are based in Pemba and our lodge is set on Ibo Island in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique.
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Kevin and Fiona Record: Founders and Owners
In many ways the profile of the company and that of its founders are one and the same story. Since 1993, when they first lost their hearts to Mozambique, Kevin and Fiona Record have invested their all into realizing their dream of establishing a truly sustainable lodge on Ibo Island as well as launching a series of brands specialising in tour operating in Mozambique.
That they have achieved their first objective on Ibo Island is evidenced by the positive impact that the lodge has made to a large portion of Ibo islands population, while maintaining a respectful relationship with its ecology and heritage. Ibo Island Lodge, the lodge they had dreamt of for all these years, has been a labour of love. Not only by the founders, but by the local people of Ibo.
‘When we first embarked on the rehabilitation project on Ibo we know that many people thought we had bitten off way more than we could chew! The ruins we bought whilst magnificent in potential were literally swaying in the wind… Roofs open to the sky, great chunks of coral walls collapsing around us and rampant fig tree’s growing through the windows and deep into the foundations…
We’ve re-laid those foundations, preserved original tiles, shutters, panelled doors and antique pieces we found on Ibo. We dismantled ancient ruined pillars to rebuild them again. We’ve cast new roofs by hand, worked with traditional lime -purchased and handmade from the islanders and employed and imparted new skills to over 140 people all from Ibo. We planted grass, flowers and over 200 trees.
We have a huge responsibility on Ibo to show the local community the power that sustainable eco-tourism can have on their island, on their lives and on the lives of their children. We were not just building a lodge, we were constructing hopes and dreams for a future.
Ibo Island Lodge has been a labour of love, developed with courage, passion and vision by all involved. We hope we have created a lodge as beautiful as the island itself and look forward to welcoming you to magical Ibo Island.
Rob Mckenzie: General Manager
Rob Mckenzie is the General Manager at Ibo Island Lodge. Resident on Ibo and captivated by the island since early 2009, Rob and his wife Glynn have become part of the Ibo family. An outstanding guide, Rob has guided and hosted VIP’s such as Nelson Mandela, movie stars Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas and Malin Akerman and thousands of discerning international guests throughout his career. His passion for the industry has spanned some 25 years and includes management in South Africa’s prestigious Mala Mala Game Reserve and with Botswana’s Orient Express Safaris. ‘Providing an experience beyond our guests expectations’ is a motto that Rob lives by, and this is endorsed by his qualifications as a southern Africa nature and trails guide. He is passionate about the great outdoors and free time is spent photographing our natural world or enjoying the fresh air on a mountain bike, sea kayak or windsurfer.
Harris Mupedzi: Pro Guide and Assistant Manager
Harris was born on 10 October 1970. His career started in 1992 when he started guiding boat cruises and fishing trips on Fothergill Island in Kariba, Zimbabwe. In 1996 he partook in a specialist training program for outstanding selected guides with Zimbabwe Sun Safaris. His training covered birding, tree identification, animal life history and the tracking of wild animals.
After 3 years of training he attained his full guide license and became a professional guide. Harris then free lanced as a pro guide choosing established companies such as Wilderness Safaris that would develop the different avenues of his guiding profile. In 2006 he became a core member of the opening original Ibo Island Lodge team – swiftly rising to assistant manager. Harris has helped us develop our bird lists and special interest safaris, and has a great knowledge of the mangrove forests and our flora and fauna in the region.
Causemore Dzevene: Head Guide
Causemore or Cosmos as he is known to us, was introduced into the guiding industry by his German Science Teacher in 1996, when she took the class camping. His first job was at Tsoro River Safaris, where he started training as a learner guide in April 1997 and passed his Leaner Professional Guide Licence in 1999. His training covered tracking, birding, first aid, fire arms, habits & habitants, law, tourism act, guest acquaints, principals of guiding, camp management principals, survival and rescue and basic astronomy!
Cosmos passed his Canoe theory in 2000, and achieved his shooting licence in 2005 and became a full time guide in 2006. On Ibo he particularly enjoys mentoring younger guides and imparting his skills to the broader Ibo Island Lodge team.
Both Harris and Cosmos are professional guides, phenomenal kayak paddlers, and possess an intimate knowledge of the Quirimbas National Park and its surrounds. You will be in great company and in good hands.
Jose “Kissinger” Maquina: Food and Beverage Manager
Jose Maquina aka Kissinger is our wonderful, and highly capable Restaurant and F and B Manager at Ibo Island Lodge. Kissinger has been with the lodge since 2006 and has become world renowned for his team’s incredible cuisine, the excellent service that our guests commend us on daily and not forgetting that huge friendly smile that could power up all of Ibo! Also famous for his cocktails Kissinger is your man for all things delicious and delightful up on the roof terrace overlooking the bay of Ibo!