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Our Lureco Base Camp is located deep within some of the wildest bush to be found anywhere in Mozambique (Latitude: S 12° 54' 44.34” Longitude: E 37° 15' 57.95”). Our safari concession consists of about 110,000 acres and is located roughly 60 miles north of the town of Marrupa on the way to the Niassa Game Reserve. The concession area borders Niassa Hunting Block C on the northern boundaries. The base camp is situated on the banks of the Lureco river where the river intersects with one of its tributary rivers. Mozambique is a true hunter's paradise all unto itself. The vastness and mystery of this unspoilt African wilderness continues to call to the true hunter's spirit. Here the committed safari enthusiast can figuratively walk in the steps of Selous, Hemingway and Ruark and experience the traditional East African Safari Adventure nearly the same as they did at least three quarters of a century ago. Tracking buffalo on foot across the sand-swept veld or outmaneuvering a crafty leopard takes skill, nerve, and patience. This is the essence of Mozambique.
This wild area of Mozambique is blessed with an abundance of unpressured wildlife. Some species which we pursue in Mozambique are not commonly encountered in South Africa. These include the following: Nyassa wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus johnstoni), Lichtenstein hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus lichtensteinii), Livingstone eland (Taurotragus oryx livingstonei) and the Rooseveldt sable (Hippotragus niger roosevelti). The elusive leopard and lion can also be hunted in a true African hunting experience. See our complete species list/price list and special package safaris that we offer in Mozambique.
This northern part of Mozambique forms part of the Eastern Miombo Woodlands, which also encompasses parts of Tanzania and Malawi. The remainder is mostly open savannah, with some wetlands and isolated patches of forest. Vegetation includes 21 types of plant matter and 191 species of trees and shrubs. The area is relatively flat with huge granite inselbergs (island mountains) towering over miombo forests, open grasslands, bamboo thickets, flood plains and riverine forests. Locating, stalking, and closing on game in this varied terrain challenges the knowledge, skills, and abilities of even experienced hunters. When your treasured trophy animal is lying at your feet and it’s time for all those memorable photos you will know you have earned your achievement.
It is adviceable that clients be in the best physical condition possible considering their age and medical history. Depending on the earlier sightings and local knowledge of our experienced game scouts and trackers, the typical day may involve hiking directly from camp or driving the forest paths or savannah fringes until game, or its spoor, is spotted. At this juncture, depending upon the terrain, wind and vegetation a stalk will begin if the desired species is in sight, or our skilled trackers will follow the spoor if the sign indicates a good trophy is a possible outcome.
Our base camp is located directly on the banks of the Lureco River. During the safari season the river is completely dry, as is the nearby tributary that joins it at this location. The sandy river beds are examined each morning for new tracks that may have been left during the night. Thus, the intensity of living deep with the wild African bush is felt through the knowledge that lion, elephant and buffalo were possible camp visitors’ mere hours before.
Our camp is a traditional East African style tented camp consisting of four double sleeping tents, each with its own bathroom with a shower (hot and cold running water). The tents are traditional canvas wall tents reminiscent of tented safaris from the beginning of the last century but sporting the benefits of modern upgrades. Our floored sleeping tents are spacious, airy, and equipped with electricity (solar power and generator), enclosed shower, lavatory (sink with running water & flush toilets); hot water is available. Clients sleep in real beds with full service linen. Daily laundry service is included. We are also equipped with Satellite phones for emergencies. The rest of the camp consists of a tented dining room adjacent to the outside boma area with the tented kitchen area nearby. In short, our camp operation is structured to provide all the basic comforts of home in a wilderness setting without having to endure the discomfort of a rugged environment.
Local staff from the neighboring villages take care of the camp and hunting facilities. The professional hunters, trackers and skinners have vast knowledge of the area and their experience in hunting plains game and dangerous species will give confidence and re-assurance to any client, being a first time or a descerning hunter. Three camp staff members make sure that your stay is comfortable and enjoyable while four field staff members assist the professional hunter in tracking the animals and afterwards to take care of the trophies. The hunting vehicles include a fully equipped double-cab landcruiser as well as a fully equipped single-cab landcruiser.
Daily meals are served in our tented dining area at a spacious table with comfortable seating. A generously stocked kitchen with refrigerator and freezer is adjacent to the dining area. Fully and freshly prepared sumptuous meals along with evening appetizers around the boma fire are served daily. Due to the vastness of the area and the unpredictability of the hunting, packed lunches are prepared as a mid-day meal in the bush. Successful hunts result in the preparation of delicious game dishes. Outside a pleasant fire pit is located where clients can enjoy the traditional “sun downer” while gazing at the stunning sunsets blazing across the western sky.
Getting into Mozambique
Getting to our base camp in Mozambique first requires that the client book a commercial flight from their home country into OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, RSA. Upon arrival in Johannesburg a member of our professional staff meets the client and arranges for transport to the Afton House (https://www.aftonsafarilodge.com/) only a short distance from the airport. The client and our professional staff member will enjoy an evening meal at the Afton House, discuss plans for the following day, and then spend a restful evening at the Afton House. This will be Day 1.
On Day 2 the client and their assigned Professional Hunter will board a commercial flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Nampula, Mozambique. The flight time is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. The client will clear customs in Nampula and pick up their temporary firearms importation permit. From there the hunting party will board a charter flight aboard Ambassador Aviation (https://aal.co.mz/) and fly to Marrupa. Depending on the size of the hunting party and equipment load (weight factors), the charter flight will be either on a Cessna 206 Stationaire, or a Cessna 208B EX GRAND CARAVAN. The flight time to Marrupa is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Chacma Hunting Safaris will make all arrangements for both of these flights (commercial flight to Nampula and charter flight to Marrupa). Flight details and cost will be discussed with the client and made known in advance.
In Marrupa the hunting party will be met by our base camp driver. All passengers and gear will be loaded into our double-cab Land Cruiser and the journey to our Lureco Base Camp will begin. The early part of the journey takes us through various dispersed indigenous villages for the first 40-60 minutes. The remaining 90 minutes is through pure African wilderness until we reach base camp. This concludes Day 2. The first day of the hunting safari will begin on Day 3.
Please contact us with any questions you may have, or for personalized assistance with specific details about your safari adventure to Mozambique.