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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”). The area of about 110 000 acres and roughly 60 miles north of the town Marupa 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 Loreco river where the river meets up 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 (islands mountains) towering over miombo forests, open grasslands, bamboo thickets, flood plains and riverine forests. Hunting is hard work but the discerning hunter will be well rewarded after securing a magnificent trophy through the tenacity and satisfaction of hunting the hard “old”way.
Clients must be fit and physically able to walk and stalk. A typical day starts off by driving on roads or walking in dry riverbeds to pick up tracks of buffalo, leopard, lion or antelope whereafter the trackers will follow the tracks until the animals are spotted. Depending on the terrain, the stalking and actually shot, can take time as all the elements can play a role.
Our Lureco Base Camp is located directly on the banks of a dry river bed where the Loreco meets up with one of its tributary rivers. The excitement of living deep within the African bush is made complete by the frequent visits of lion, elephant and buffalo in and around our camp. Our camp is a permanent safari style tented camp and consists of four double sleeping tents, each with their own bathroom with a shower (hot and cold 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. The rest of the camp consists of a tented dining room adjacent to the outside boma area with the tented kitchen area close by.
Daily meals are served 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 daily to take along. 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.
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. 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.
Mozambique is reached by commercial air transport out of OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, RSA. Flights are from Johannesburg into Nampula. From there our Lureco Base Camp is accessed by charter flight from Nampula to Marupa whereafter a vehicle takes the clients to the base camp. The client reaches Nampula by booking their own commercial flights through their travel agent or preferred online booking service. The charter flights can also be booked by the client through the contact details that will be supplied by Chacma Hunting Safaris. A representative from Chacma Hunting Safaris will either fly with the client or meet the client in Marupa and will handle the remaining travel arrangements to our Lureco Base Camp (and return).
Please contact us with any questions you may have, or for personalized assistance with specific details about your adventure to Mozambique.