Mozambique : Game Reserves
Mozambique is not a country best known for its game, but Niassa Reserve and Gorongosa now have a couple of private bush camps which are working in collaboration with major re-introduction programmes to bring the game back to these areas. Recovering from decades of war, this is not an area to come to see the Big 5, but to enjoy the bush and a sense of discovery. A safari to either of these parks is an adventure and will take you to a place not many others have travelled. In these remote wildernesses with their simple camps, you will feel really at the heart of the bush and at one with it, in the style of the safaris of old.
Gorongosa National Park has a high diversity of species and ecological features found nowhere else and is currently undergoing a visionary restoration project to re-establish the park back to its former glory. More and more species are being reintroduced on a monthly basis, and in 2008 alone the conservation team at Gorongosa reintroduced, amongst others, a number of elephant bulls from the Kruger Park, a pod of hippo from St Lucia and expanded the herd of buffalo. The park is also home to oribi, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, sable in herds of up to 120 and a number of lion prides. Birding at Gorongosa is also incredible with excellent quality and quantities of special and endemic birds including the Collared Palm Thrush, the Green Coucal, Narina Trogon and Spotted Creeper. Over 130 species can be spotted in one sitting.
Be one of the first to visit Gorongosa National Park, which is one of the most exciting travel destinations in Mozambique at the moment. With excellent birding, fascinating ecology and history, the re-introduction of big game, and a young and dynamic team pioneering the first private ecotourism initiative, Explore Gorongosa, this National Park is a new gem on the African safari circuit.
Explore Gorongosa offers luxury walking and canoe safaris, expert guiding and small, personal camps in some of the most scenic and wildlife rich areas of Mozambique. The quirky semi-permanent tented camp and fly camps, the Gorongosa 'SkyBeds' offer a true, untainted bush experience. Catering for a maximum of eight guests, the camps are friendly and simple, and offer comfort and good food while not taking away from the exceptional surroundings with fripperies. A particular highlight are the Gorongosa SkyBeds, mosquito-netted canopies with a raised bed with a snug duvet and cotton linen.
The Niassa Reserve is a huge and truly wild wildlife reserve, previously inhabited by only a few hundred villagers. An area twice the area of the Kruger (more than 15,000 square miles) has been set aside for conservation, and today you are likely to see elephant, wild dogs, sable antelope, Cape buffalo, hartebeest, eland and zebra as well as lion, leopard and Spotted Hyena. It offers a wonderful, wild wildlife experience.
Lugenda Wilderness Camp is a small, understated camp with eight luxury tents discreetly positioned along the Lugenda River. The tents, which sit under towering fig trees, are sturdily built and each have a private deck, king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower. The main guest area has a thatched dining area and bar, and a tempting swimming pool. Dinner might be by the campfire or in the riverbed, and the food is simple and tasty. The camp is remote, friendly and only a plane hop away from alluring beaches of the Quirimbas Archipelago.