Niassa National Reserve

Block L9


Situated in the North East of the Niassa National Reserve, this camp boasts over 31 miles of Lugenda River frontage and the same again along the Rovuma River, the latter forming the border between Mozambique and Tanzania.

This area is beautifully managed by having highly controlled and moderate quota allocation, strict regulations with regards to age-appropriate harvesting, constant anti-poaching efforts and great isolation from human activities. All this combines to make this 562 000 acre block in the Niassa National Reserve an authentic old school hunting safari experience. Game numbers are incredibly healthy, ensuring enjoyment for non-hunting companions as well as the hunters.

Game can be seen all day long coming down to quench their thirst in the cool perennial waters that originate over 300 miles away in the mountains to the west, close to the Malawian border.

The camp is situated on the Lugenda riverbank amongst Baobabs, Large Leaf Chestnuts and Fig trees. The sounds of cheerful birds are heard all day long and replaced by the frequent calls of Lion, Spotted Hyena and even Leopard at night. At the end of a day’s hunting, you have the luxury of retiring to the comfortable safari canvas tents.

These three en-suite tents each fitted with a queen-size bed, shower, bath, double washbasins, flush toilet and bidet as well as ceiling fans, the open-air dining and lounge area with a comfortable common area and fireplace all have a spectacular 3-mile view up the Lugenda river.

Electricity is available and generated by our diesel generator. The camp is further equipped with a bank of 12-volt batteries for when the generator is not running.  Access to L9 is by charter plane from Pemba. You land on a grass airstrip right at camp.

The terrain consists of Miombo forests varying to Miombo woodland, riverine, granite hills and grasslands, thereby providing ample suitable habitat for the multiple species naturally indigenous to the reserve.

The shores of the lake in front of the camp stretches an incredible 600km and are home to more than 1 000 species of fish. Take your time to discover this untouched natural region where only nature, the pristine shoreline and vast skies fill your vision. With unique views of the mountains surrounding the Great Rift Valley, this unique conservation area is one of the largest and most bio-diverse freshwater lakes in the world.

The Manda Wilderness region lies in the remote Lago District of Niassa Province, northern Mozambique. It was here that The Manda Wilderness Community Trust was founded in the wake of a brutal civil war. The Project combines responsible tourism, grassroots practical help for isolated agrarian villages and the last chance to protect a pristine corner of real Africa. It aims to support conservation, community development and to lead conservation in one of Africa’s last true wildernesses, giving hope for their tomorrow.
As this region remains remote and undeveloped, Niassa Province holds and provides spectacular numbers on Leopard, Roosevelt Sable, Cape Buffalo, Waterbuck and Lichtenstein Hartebeest within Manda Wilderness totalling 325 000 acres. Visitors here can rest assured of a truly memorable experience!
The camps are rustic yet comfortable and located with phenomenal river and lake frontage providing guests with the ultimate African scenery. Long days are often complimented with beautiful sunsets, a spot of tiger fishing and the frequent calls of Hippo and Lion continuing deep into the night.