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Section 6: Where River Meets Ocean

 
20 June - 28 June, 2022

As our expedition nears its end, this final section begins with a light aircraft flight over Lake Cahora Bassa, following the river’s course to Dete where we turn south to Gorongosa. One of Africa’s most biodiverse regions, after years of civil war, Gorongosa National Park is once again a haven for wildlife.

Following this unique safari, we begin our journey to the river, exploring the lush forests of the region as we go, and stopping for a night to visit a reforestation programme. Arriving at the river, we are immersed in history as we visit the site of Mary Livingstone’s grave and the Sugar Mill at Marromeu.

Our final few days will be spent with Mark Haldane and his team; pioneers of conservation along the Zambezi Delta’s riverbank. Our final day will see us fly by helicopter to the mouth of the river where we celebrate our achievements before enjoying a spectacular aerial safari.
Mount Gorongosa at sunset.
Canoeing through mangroves near coast of Mozambique.
Game drive stop in Gorongosa National Park
Woman by waterfall, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Lions in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Aerial view over river forest in Mozambique.
Woman watering plants on farm in Mozambique.
Dhow near mangrove forest, Mozambique.
pelicans in mangrove forest, Mozambique.
Canoeing, Mozambique coast.
Aerial view of Mozambique river delta on coast.
Warthogs outside guest suites, Montebelo Gorongosa, Mozambique.
Bonfire and drinks on beach, Mozambique.
Outdoor boma firepit, M'phingwe Lodge, Mozambique.
Beach walk at sunset, Mozambique coastline.
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Mount Gorongosa at sunset.
 

  • Fly by light aircraft over Lake Cahora Bassa and enjoy an aerial view of the rivers diversity as it nears the ocean.

  • Head out by vehicle, canoe and on foot in search of the varied wildlife inhabiting the water, forest and savannah of Gorongosa

  • Spend time at the Biodiversity Lab and Community Education Centre in Gorongosa learning about their work

  • Set out on foot to discover the diverse, bird rich forests of M’phingwe
Canoeing through mangroves near coast of Mozambique.
 

  • A reminder of the history of the river with a visit to Mary Livingstone’s grave

  • Discover the ecology of the region and the challenges of ensuring the land along the riverbank is conserved for wildlife

  • Board a houseboat for a day cruising through the Zambezi Delta

  • Take a helicopter to the river’s mouth where we celebrate with champagne before a spectacular aerial safari.

Game drive stop in Gorongosa National Park
 
Arriving in Luangwa, we board a scheduled light aircraft flight over Lake Cahora Bassa and south into one of Africa’s most ecologically diverse national parks, Gorongosa. On arrival we will enjoy an afternoon of game viewing and sundowners.


Gorongosa Private Mobile Camp
Woman by waterfall, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
 
Today we head out on foot, looking more closely at the spectacular flora and fauna of Gorongosa. We will spend the evening out in the park swapping stories around the campfire before bedding down beneath the stars.

Gorongosa Private Mobile Camp
Lions in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
 
On our final day in Gorongosa we will take to the water, enjoying boating amongst the rich aquatic birdlife of Lake Urema or canoeing on the Pungue River. Then we go behind the scenes to learn how the wildlife, destroyed during the civil war, is once again beginning to thrive in unison with local communities.

Private Mobile Camp
Aerial view over river forest in Mozambique.
 
After breakfast, we travel by road to the Catapu Forestry Concession. The afternoon provides the chance to stretch our legs on a fascinating walk as we learn about the reforestation project.

M'Phingwe Lodge
Woman watering plants on farm in Mozambique.
 
Today, we head for the Zambezi River, stopping to visit the site of Mary Livingstone’s grave. We continue into the conservation areas along the riverbank to Mungari Camp where we hear how hunting safaris are providing vital conservation in the region.

Mungari Camp
Dhow near mangrove forest, Mozambique.
 
Today as well as game viewing, we will spend time with the lead scientist and tracking team, learning about their work with lion and cheetah tracking in the region.

Mungari Camp
pelicans in mangrove forest, Mozambique.
 
This morning we head to the riverbank for a day exploring the Zambezi Delta by houseboat. We will visit the Sugar Mill at Marromeu and have the opportunity to see a little of life in this remote part of Mozambique.

Mungari Camp
Canoeing, Mozambique coast.
 
After a morning game drive, we board a helicopter to the mouth of the Zambezi River. Landing on the edge of the Indian Ocean we will celebrate with canapes and champagne. This evening a sumptuous celebration dinner is served, our last of this epic journey.

Mungari Camp
Aerial view of Mozambique river delta on coast.
 
We take to the skies once again for a helicopter safari over Reserva Especial de Marromeu, before continuing on to Marromeu. Here we board a light aircraft private charter flight to Beira where we continue with our onward international travel arrangements.
 
Mike Scott brings much enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to the most intrepid section of our Zambezi Expedition.

He will be guiding us into the wildlife-filled Gorongosa National Park, taking us behind the scenes of lion and cheetah tracking projects and through the tranquil and relatively uncharted waterways of the Zambezi Delta.
 
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Warthogs outside guest suites, Montebelo Gorongosa, Mozambique.
 
The Gorongosa National Park is one of the most biodiverse regions in southern Africa, a place of incredible beauty and a haven for wildlife. For over 20 years conservationists have been working in the park, protecting its animals and supporting local communities.

Yet Gorongosa is still relatively unknown and to safari here takes you back to a time of intrepid exploration. Montebelo Gorongosa is the only permanent property within the national park and provides comfortable accommodation for safari enthusiasts as they discover this modern day Eden.
Bonfire and drinks on beach, Mozambique.
 
Staying in a small mobile camp, dwarfed by its vast, wild surroundings and erected just for you offers the chance to spread your arms wide and connect with the majesty of nature. The sights and sounds of Africa are all around you, above a huge starry sky, the distant rumbling roar of lion your lullaby.

Yet you are not without a touch of comfort: a cosy bed, hot bucket showers and a chef, on hand, to create delicious fresh cuisine to sustain you on your journey.
Outdoor boma firepit, M'phingwe Lodge, Mozambique.
 
Amidst the lush forests to the south of the Zambezi River is M’phingwe Camp on the Catapu Forestry Concession, which spans over 25,000 hectares and comprises 280 different indigenous trees. In addition to forest wildlife, Catapu is a bird lovers paradise, home to 180 unique species.

The guest accommodation is in simple, yet comfortable cabins, perfectly in keeping with the forested surroundings. Between forest walks, home cooked cuisine is served in the open sided restaurant before moving to the ‘bush tv’ for an evening under the stars.
Beach walk at sunset, Mozambique coastline.
 
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