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The Lugenda Wilderness Camp

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The Lugenda Wilderness Camp was the high point of our journey. Everything about this place is first class, particularly the most luxurious tent that I have ever slept in or even imagined; I think Colonel Gadaffi would be envious. The camp is set up every year for only a few winter months when it is dry and the Lugenda river low. The war never really got this far north, largely because it is so remote and unpopulated, so, unlike the rest of Mozambique there actually is game to be seen. If you leave your tent at night, you must be accompanied by a member of their staff who are familiar with the particular dangers that start to lurk along the riverbank once the sun goes down.

The dramatic scenery of huge granite outcrops and exotic tropical trees was best appreciated on an evening game drive accompanied by two guides, one armed with a reassuringly large elephant gun. He has yet to have to use it thought, it's just insurance. We stopped to have drinks and watch the sun set from rocks in the middle of the river surrounded by hippos and crocs, before carrying on after dark using a powerful light to pick out the reflection of eyes among the trees. This might be standard fare at most safari camps, but the difference here is that there is no one else within hundreds of miles. It really is a wilderness.

The price at first looks expensive, however it includes absolutely everything (including my wife’s large load of laundry) and considering the luxury and the service and the fact that we were a pretty hungry and thirsty group of aviators, I don’t think it was bad value. Small aircraft, either private or chartered are the only means of access.

Lugenda Wilderness Camp Website.

Written by  Mike Leonard.

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