Gorongosa National Park - 11 days - rates start from 4500 USD pp based on two persons sharing. Ex international flights. (prices can fluctuate due to seasonality and availability)
Day 1 Gorongosa National Park
On arrival in Beira you will depart on a 2 hour road transfer to Gorongosa National Park gate. From here its a a gentle one hour game drive from the park gate to Explore Gorongosa. The greater Gorongosa region is ecologically unique situated at the southern most end of the Great African Rift Valley; as a result it is a region with high species diversity and environmental features found nowhere else in the sub-continent. The key to continued biodiversity and habitat preservation on the planet is to protect areas of ecological importance, such as the Gorongosa National Park and the surrounding water catchments, such as is found on nearby Mount Gorongosa.
Accommodation: The Explore Gorongosa experience is situated in a beautiful private operational area within the Gorongosa National Park.
The camp features four simple and basic spacious and quirky tented suites and it is simply a place of peace and space; a place based on keep-it-supremely-friendly-and-simple recipe.
Each suite has an alfresco 'en tent' bathroom comprising an eco-waterless loo and a fantastic wash-in-the-wild shower designed to give you privacy and a feeling of freedom all at the same time.
Day 2-4 Gorongoza National Park
Three full days of activities at Explore Gorongosa that include walking, canoeing and game-drives. This unique safari experiences provide a comprehensive insight into the Gorongosa National Park. Gorongosa National Park is home to a great diversity of animals and plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. From the lumbering African elephant to the endemic Green-Headed Oriole; from the famed Gorongosa lions to the rarely seen fire squirrels of the rainforest, each species has a story to tell. Soon you will be able to browse through lists of hundreds of species, to learn more about the smallest insects to the largest mammals found in Gorongosa. During the next three days you will learn all about the facinating aspects of this undiscovered pearl of Mozambique
Day 5 Beira Today, you will depart on a three hour road transfer back to Beira. In Beira you will go to your hotel. Beira is Mozambique's second largest city and was built north of the ancient town of Sofala, once one of the most important ports in Africa. While the old Sofala port has been largely reclaimed by the ocean, Beira is built on land which as once swamps below sea level. The first buildings of Beira were built from zinc, giving rise to the name "Zinc City" by which it was known for many years. The cathedral is constructed from the imported portuguese stone used to build the fort of San Caetano in Sofala and rescued before being overtaken by the sea, San Caatano was the first Portuguese fort in Mozambique. A short future was predicted for Beira city when first it was built for military purposes during the colonial period, however the development of the port and railways to Zimbabwe and Malawi have placed the city of Beira firmly on the map.
Accommodation Hotel Tivoli. The Hotel Tivoli is very basic but well located, in the heart of the city of Beira, the second City of Mozambique. It is situated only 500 meters from the comercial center and 4 km from the beach. From the Hotel the access to any business and touristical point of the city is easy and fast.
Day 6-9 Niassa Reserve
Transfer back to Beira for your inter-africa scheduled flights to Pemba (via Nampula). Transfer by road to the park. Niassa Park is the largest reserve in Mozambique and has highest concentration of game of any reserve as well. The area is well-suited to game drives, and the vehicles seat 8 guests each. The game drives are directed by qualified guides. Big game such as elephant, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and zebra can be seen on drives. Other game such as impala, wildebeest, hippo, lion, leopard, warthogs and spotted hyena can also be seen. The experienced guides are uniquely qualified to guide you through the vast Mozambique wilderness area that is the Niassa Reserve. This area is so wild that few scientists and researchers have traveled here and guides, are pioneering in this region. Whilst game is diverse and numbers are on the increase, the wildlife area is vast (42 000 square kilometers), almost twice the size of South Africa's Kruger National Park but sightings of specific wildlife species are not guaranteed. The Lugenda experience is instead about adopting a pioneering spirit in exploring one of Africa's last pure wildlife areas, admiring the unique Mozambique landscape and savouring a true spirit of a photographic safari adventure
Accommodation: Lugenda Wilderness Camp. Intimate and understated yet offering every luxury you could wish for, Lugenda is the definitive wilderness camp experience. The eight luxury tents are discreetly situated on the banks of the Lugenda River beneath towering fig trees, each with its own patio deck with wide-angle views. The tents have a solid substructure and blend beautifully into the natural surrounds whilst offering every modern comfort - from king-size beds to en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower, double basins, ceiling fans, personal safes and hairdryers.
Day 10 Pemba
Transfer back to Pemba for an overnight stay. Pemba is the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado and the major city in the north of the country. The town is situated on of the Bay of Pemba, a huge, natural deep-water bay. Formerly known as Porto Amelia, this traditional Mozambique fishing port features interesting Portuguese-colonial architecture, and offers scuba diving and world-class blue water fishing close-by.
Accommodation Pemba Beach Hotel. This Mozambique down-to-earth hotel boasts 91 rooms, 2 suites, 8 self-catering villas, 2 restaurants, 2 bars and the Clube Naval activity centre. The ideal, spacious conference venues, seafood at its best, especially the Mozambican prawns at the Quirimba restaurant, and service with a smile make this a sought-after fishing, diving and conference destination.
Day 11 Transfer to airport
Transfer to the airport for your onward inter-africa scheduled flight to Johannesburg.