Inhambane / Tofo
Formerly known as Chitengo Camp.
Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari is the main camping and accommodation area in Gorongosa National Park, the flagship National Park of Mozambique. The Park covers an area of 4 000 km2 and is home to a rich diversity of landscapes and wildlife.
The original camp was built in 1941 but sadly most of the infrastructure was destroyed during the civil war. Restoration has taken place since 2004 and the Lodge now features a variety of bungalows, villas and camp sites to cater for all accommodation needs. There is also a conference centre that can accommodate up to 140 delegates and a Restaurant serving both international and traditional Mozambican cuisine.
Guests can choose from 18 standard bungalows, 12 premium bungalows, a total of 12 double rooms, 2 two-room villas and one two-room Premium Villa, all equipped with mosquito netting, en suite bathroom, air conditioning and a safe. The rooms are located at a quiet and cosy area. The camp sites have also been upgraded with new ablutions (with hot showers), grill and an outdoor covered lounge area.
Game drives can be booked with the Lodge along with other popular activities such as the Village tour to Vinho community and a trip to Mount Gorongosa and the Morumbodzi waterfalls. Other highlights include Casa dos Leões (House of Lions), the “Miradouro dos Hipopótamos” (Hippos terrace), Chiringomas limestone cliffs, Urema lake and the northwest flood plains.
What is Special?
A visit to Mount Gorongosa is a must for all nature lovers. The day trip of approximately six hours includes a scenic drive to the mountain and then walking to the spectacular Morumbodzi waterfalls. Here you can swim, relax and enjoy one of Gorongosa's most beautiful spots.
Although the Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari is opened from April to December, the best time to visit for safaris is in the dry season, between April and November. The rainy season in Mozambique is from December to March and the Park is closed during these months.
The nearest airport is currently Beira Airport. Road transfers can be arranged, duration approximately 3.5 hours.
Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari Facilities
Game Reserve, Bar, Restaurant, Safari Activities, Air Conditioning, Pool, Conference Centre
Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari Slideshow
All images © Chitengo
Please note: Explore Gorongosa has closed. New developments will be updated as and when information becomes available.
Machampane Wilderness Camp is situated in Mozambique’s Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, one of the most prosperous transfrontier parks in Southern Africa. Enclosed by the Limpopo and Olifants rivers, the Limpopo Park lies on the plateau of the Lebombo Mountains providing this unfamiliar park with a sense of tranquillity. The Park is stocked with game from Kruger National Park.
Situated in a conservation area, Machampane Wilderness Camp offers an unparalleled game and bush experience, with accommodation in only five semi luxurious ensuite tented camps, and game walks through the numerous trails available in the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Machampane Wilderness Camp is a paradise for birders due to its location on the Machampane river and the surrounding Limpopo Park forest is a wealth of bird and animal life as well. A highlight at Machampane Wilderness Camp is the walking safaris. Three different trails present three various different experiences, all with unsurpassed wilderness and wildlife.
What is Special?
The Rio Elefantes Canoe Trail is a thrilling wilderness experience for those with a thrist for adventure. Travellers will spend three days in the company of an experienced guide paddling down the Rio Elefantes, camping wild in rustic bush camps on its tree-lined banks. Cast your lure for tiger fish, look out for pods of hippo or enjoy the sighting of a rare bird during your 50km journey that ends close to the confluence with the Limpopo. The trip is the epitome of freedom in an amazing wilderness area.
Machampane Wilderness Camp is very much a self drive destination. It can be reached from South Africa by travelling via the Giriyondo Border Post which is in the Kruger National Park (note it required to spend at least one night in Kruger prior to crossing - ideally Letaba Rest Camp). From Mozambique it is approximately a 5.5 - 6 hour drive. There are no nearby airstrips to accommodate flight transfers.
Lugenda Wilderness Camp is one of the most remote wilderness experiences in Mozambique. Located in the Niassa Game Reserve in northern Mozambique, Lugenda Wilderness Camp is truly set in one of the continent's 'last wild places'. This is the description given to the Niassa Reserve by Mike Fay, World Conservation Society conservationist during his year-long MegaFlyover across Africa.
The Lodge exclusive accommodation is limited to eight luxury tents set discreetly under towering trees on the banks of the Lugenda River. Each tent features its own patio deck with wide-angle views. The tents offer every modern creature comfort a guest could wish for on safari - from king-size beds to en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower, double basins, ceiling fans, personal safes and hairdryers. Regardless of its remote location, every care is taken to ensure that the food at Lugenda is fresh and simply delicious.
Experienced guides accompany open vehicle safari drives to explore Niassa. its a bird lovers paradise with the opportunity to spot up to 370 bird species, including the rare Angola Pitta and Pel's Fishing Owl, as well as abundant raptors. The area is also home to at least 3 recently discovered endemic species: the Niassa Wildebeest, Boehm's Zebra and Johnston's Impala. Other wildlife that can be seen on safari include elephant, Sable Antelope, Cape Buffalo, Lichtenstein's Hartebeest and eland. It is also one one of the last safe havens in Africa for the Cape Hunting Dog (African Wild Dog) and is populated with other predators such as lion, leopard and Spotted Hyena. General game comprises kudu, bushbuck, impala, wildebeest, waterbuck, reedbuck and hippo.
What is Special?
Lugenda is truly off the beaten track and a great destination for safari lovers that have the pioneering spirit to explore one of Africa's last pure wildlife areas. The wildlife area is vast (42 000 square kilometres) and wild that few scientists and researchers have traveled here. You will definitely not encounter "herds of tourists" during your game drives!
Whilst game is diverse and numbers are on a steady increase, the wildlife area is almost twice the size of the Kruger National Park, sightings of specific wildlife species are not guaranteed. Note that this Camp is closed during the rain season from December to March each year.
Lugenda Wilderness Camp is reached by light aircraft transfer flight from Pemba Airport, duration approximately 90 minutes. The flight departs early morning (around 08:00 am) each day of the week. It is therefore required to spend the night before in Pemba. Note that the return flight from Lugenda flies via Medjumbe Private Island.