Kubatana Camp Gorongosa is due to open 2014 in Gorongosa National Park, and you can be one of the first to experience the rebirth of this vast, beautiful wildlife reserve of in the heart of Mozambique. The camp derives its name from the Sena/Chigorongosa word ‘Kuubatana’ which means co-operation.
The six-bed camp is on the banks of the Musicudzi River. It has four standard tents, one family room and one honeymoon tent. The spacious walk-in tents have a large bed with mosquito nets, fine sheets and a feather duvet as well as en suite bush bathroomcomplete with bucket shower.
Activities and wildlife
Gorongosa National Park is at the base of the Great Rift Valley and has huge diversity of landscapes, from Lake Urema and its off shoots of river networks and vast flood plains which are populated with waterbuck, savannah of the Cheringoma Plateau, woodlands and the presiding Mount Gorongosa wrapped in a tropical rainforest with untouched waterfalls.
You'll be up at dawn for tea and coffee, and then set off on a two to three hour game walk before the sun gets too hot. This in truth is more of a meander than a walk. You might cover 4 or 5 kms in total. The walk is through riverine forest on the edge of the floodplain. We saw plenty of bushbuck, waterbuck, oribi, warthog, as well as crocs in the river. It a beautiful park, with a huge variety of trees, and plenty of vegetation. In the mid afternoon you may go out on a game drive to see areas of the park you would not reach on foot, such as the lakes on the far side of the floodplain. There are huge herds of waterbuck here. This becomes a night drive on the way back to camp - we saw civet, bush pig, lion and several porcupines. At night we heard lion growling around the camp. Other activities include canoes on the river, boat cruises on the lake and village visits. There is also the opportunity to do longer walks with fly-camping overnight.
You can expect to have good sightings of the more unusual wildlife in Gorongosa. On the short drive from the airstrip to camp we saw bush pig; Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, sable, oribi and bushbuck all seemed quite unfazed by our vehicle and stood there obligingly while we took their photos. However, you more likely to see sable than zebra, and more likely to see bush pig than giraffe.
Between December and March, much of Gorongosa is underwater. The dry season runs form May to mid December, and this is when the walking safaris take place. Then there is a wet season, from mid February through to April, depending on rainfall, and this is for water-based activities. Birding is excellent in this period.
If you enjoy birding, this is an incredible destination. Over 400 species can be found in the greater Gorongosa region, with more than 220 residents recorded in the Park itself. A couple of hours spent in the right places may well 'bag' over 100 species in a sitting! Explore Gorongosa can also arrange overnight trips up Mount Gorongosa, one of the last remaining rainforests in Southern Africa and home to Green Headed Oriole, and one of only four places to see Swynnerton's Robin, amongst many other ‘specials’.
Safari in Mozambique
If you are looking for a different kind of safari, then we cannot recommend this highly enough. It is also one of the more reasonably priced remote safari experiences in Africa. There are many thoughtful little touches and they are more attentive than many a five-star hotel. The food is excellent, as is the campfire conversation. These safaris take a maximum of eight people and they are led by highly experienced and informative professional walking guides – some of the region’s finest!
You can fly in by light aircraft charter from either Vilanculos or Beira airport. Alternatively, it is a four-hour road transfer from Beira airport.