Off the beaten track in Mozambique
FROM PRICE: $ 1200
Niassa Reserve, Mozambique - 4 days/3 nights
These canoe expeditions are available on set departure dates only and for a minimum of four guests per trip.
A short canoe/walk/drive safari along the magical Lugenda River exploring the little known Niassa Reserve, a massive wilderness in northern Mozambique. This area has particularly good wild dog populations, a highly endangered African mammal. Even the flight into the reserve is exciting with magnificent giant inselbergs, large granite outcrops which are a feature of the region. This is Africa in her raw, beautiful and inspired state where you can walk, paddle and explore the wilderness with complete abandon. Combining this trip with a week on the beach afterwards makes for an ideal bush and beach safari with a difference!
Where is it?
On the banks and along the route of the Lugenda River in the Niassa Reserve, northern Mozambique.
What is the best time of year to go?
The months of July to September are the coolest and driest months, whilst October has some of the better game-viewing around the river. Best birding is early or late in the season, whilst best canoeing is generally in the first few months of the season, and in December.
There are two seasons: a Green Season and a High Season (access to camp is seasonally restricted due to heavy rains over the late local summer)
- Green Season - variable depending on the rains but generally runs from mid- to late-April through to mid-June, and again from the beginning of November through to mid-December
- High Season - runs annually from the 15th June through to the 31st October
Seasonal variations in vegetation and wildlife densities make it vital that you return at different times of the year, again and again!
How to get there
Getting there is via a bush-strip suited for Cessna 206 or Skyvan type aircraft at Mbamba village (approx 700m), and similar bush-strip near SkyBeds for departure (approx 900m).
1h10 - 1h20 flight-time from Pemba and Quirimbas islands; approx 1h45 from Lake Niassa (Malawi). Pemba is an international airport with regular schedule flights to and from Johannesburg, Maputo, Dar
es Salaam and Nairobi (all with connecting flights to Europe, the Americas and Australasia).
Tips and Notes
A top regional safari guide will accompany all trips.
This is a walking/canoe trail with the occassional trip in a Landcruiser for a night drive or to get to and from the landing strips. The daily trail duration is about 3hrs (canoeing or walking). Activity level is easy to moderate with multiple stops.
This experience is not a two game drives per day, G+T's at sunset, but an all round experience with a variety of activities and should be looked at as more of a walking safari combined with a canoe safari. Please look at our other recommended safaris if you'd like a more traditional experience.
The Niassa Reserve is a wildlife experience as well as an off beat exploration. It is best combined with any of the gorgeous Mozambique beaches of which the easiest and best connections is to the Quirimbas Archipelago and Pemba.
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