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Section 7: A dhow through the delta

 
13 June - 20 June 2020

As our expedition nears its end, this final section begins with a light aircraft flight into the Gorongosa National Park. One of Africa’s most biodiverse regions, after years of civil war, Gorongosa 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 take us through the Zambezi Delta, a land of tranquil waterways, savannah islands, mangroves and rich forests, which we explore by dhow, foot and canoe, camping each night until we reach the Indian Ocean.
Mount Gorongosa at sunset with waterbuck in foreground
Woman canoeing through mangroves with guide near coast of Mozambique
Game drive stop in Gorongosa National Park
Woman by waterfall on hike in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Lions in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Aerial view of sunrise over river forest in Mozambique
Woman watering plants on farm in Mozambique
Dhow near mangrove forest at sunset in Mozambique
Four pelicans sitting on a log in mangrove forest, Mozambique
Canoeing near rock formation near Mozambique coast
Aerial view of Mozambique river delta on coast
Expert safari guide Fraser Gear
Warthogs outside guest suites at Montebelo Gorongosa, Mozambique
Outdoor boma firepit at M'phingwe Lodge, Mozambique
Woman with guide enjoying bonfire and drinks on beach, Mozambique
Man walking on beach at sunset on Mozambique coastline
Mount Gorongosa at sunset with waterbuck in foreground
 
Head out by vehicle, canoe and on foot in search of the varied wildlife inhabiting Gorongosa National Park

Spend time at the Biodiversity Lab and Community Education Centre learning about their work conserving wildlife and supporting local communities

Set out on foot to discover the diverse, bird-rich forests of M’phingwe

Take to the dhows to travel through the remote Zambezi Delta
Woman canoeing through mangroves with guide near coast of Mozambique
 
A day of history with a visit to Mary Livingstone’s grave and the Sugar Mill at Marromeu

Join us as we survey the birdlife of the Zambezi for the Southern African Bird Atlas Project

Discover the ecology of the Delta through its mangroves, lush forest and islands

Sleep under the stars on sandbanks, enjoying the isolation of this rarely traversed water-system
Game drive stop in Gorongosa National Park
 
Arrive in Beira where we board a private charter flight into one of Africa’s most ecologically diverse national parks, Gorongosa.
Woman by waterfall on hike in 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.
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.
Aerial view of sunrise 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.
Woman watering plants on farm in Mozambique
 
Today, we head for the Zambezi River, stopping to visit the site of Mary Livingstone’s grave. Our history lesson continues with a visit to the Sugar Mill at Marromeu before a night camping on the riverbank.
Dhow near mangrove forest at sunset in Mozambique
 
After a morning walk amidst the lush riverine forest we board dhows to begin our journey through the Zambezi Delta, exploring mangroves and admiring the colourful endemic birdlife of this remote region. Late afternoon we set up camp on a sandbank and settle in for a memorable night under the stars.
Four pelicans sitting on a log in mangrove forest, Mozambique
 
As we continue our Delta discovery, the leisurely pace of the dhows allows us to take part in a bird survey for the Southern African Bird Atlas Project and spot some of the Delta’s larger mammal population.
Canoeing near rock formation near Mozambique coast
 
Our journey reaches its penultimate day as we continue through the Delta by dhow, exploring the mangroves by canoe. That evening, a sumptuous celebration dinner is served, our last of this epic journey.
Aerial view of Mozambique river delta on coast
 
Today we sail out of the mouth of the Delta into the Indian Ocean; the conclusion of our 1,600-mile expedition. In the afternoon, we arrive into the harbour at Chinde from where we board a private charter flight to Beira.
Warthogs outside guest suites at 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.
Outdoor boma firepit at 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.
Woman with guide enjoying bonfire and drinks on beach, Mozambique
 
Staying in small a 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.
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