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“What an incredible place in a fantastic location”
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Lugenda Bush Camp
Reviewed July 29, 2013

What a gorgeous camp in a beautiful wilderness. The scenery is breathtaking and it feels like real Africa. I only stayed 3 nights unfortunately and it wasn’t nearly long enough. The luxury tent was beautiful under the trees with the monkeys above and the sounds of animals around us at night. The game drives with Donald and Bwana were excellent and I saw animals I had never seen before, Klipspringers, a Civet, Porcupines, Sable Antelope and much more.

The morning coffee and evening sundowners were in the most magnificent locations. Watching the sunset over the River with a glass or two of wine and watching and listening to the animals around us was perfect.

Having the staff join us for meals was great and the dinner on the beach on my last night and the dinner on the mountain on my first night were highlights. Another memorable moment was when Ben, the elephant, silently strolled past us while we were on the porch as we were about to have dinner. He was only 20 feet away from us.

The staff were fantastic and Imogen really went out of her way to make this a great stay. This is a place I could go on and on about and is somewhere I really want to come back to.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

My advice is to experience a safari in Mozambique and there is no better place than Lugenda. Fly directly from Pemba to the middle of nowhere and be collected by jeep. The lodge has the most luxurious tents overlooking a river. 2 game drives a day show you animals who rarely see humans, it is that remote. They have lions, leopards, elephants and plenty of antelope. Also, if you like birds, this is the place for you, with an amazing variety. Thank you to all the staff. Once you leave there, try and fly into Medjumbe for a private island experience, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank paulp89
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The scenery here is very different with many Inselbergs (Island Mountains) adding drama to the Bush. The Lugenda Wilderness Camp comprises just eight beautifully appointed tents located under Fig Trees that attract both Elephant and Monkeys....so check carefully before venturing outside but enjoy being so close to these magnificent beasts. During our 4 night stay, the One Tusked 'Nelson' was often outside our Tent, but never a problem. Game drives are rewarding with the animals and Birds less habituated than in less remote camps but plenty to see and the night drives produced, Genets; Civet, Bush Babies, porcupine and Elephant Shrew....so our Guide, Donald and his tracker Bwana knew the ropes. The Taita Falcons were both rare and special, but Wildebeeste, Suni,, Klipspringer as well as the usual suspects were all sighted....but we missed the Leopard who walked through the camp when we were asleep. Imogen produced amazing Chocolate and Coffee Cakes at Tea Time (essential for us Brits) while Nic had a vast fund of experience to relate. Sundowners and sunsets were special....as was our walk in the sand river to see the Skimmers and a herd of 20 Eland.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

There are several great things to say about Lugenda. The wildlife is fantastic, but so is it also elsewhere. The difference that make Lugenda so special is the fantastic scenery and varying nature, the remoteness and the unpredictability.

In Lugenda you will never know what the day will bring. Some days we saw animals every 5 minutes through the day, other days we saw a lot less. However, it was always a great experience to travel through the amazing nature with the mountains, the forest, the grass plains and the river.

In our five days at Lugenda we spotted more than 30 different species of mammals including lions which we encountered on the way from the airstrip to the camp when we arrived.

The stay at the camp is first class and the knowledability and enthusiasm of the staff is really great.

If you are looking for a unique Africa experience and you can afford it, go to Lugenda!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Lugenda is probably the most remote camp in Africa, and in an area of huge scenic beauty. I stayed here for 3 nights and was blown away at the sheer beauty of the camp and surrounds and the grand scale of the scenery. Birding is superb and game drives offer a wide variety animals and habitats. The area is vast so be prepared for very long game drives - but its worth it. Dinner under candle-light on the banks of the Lugenda River was unbelievably romantic and one of my best memories. Pity I was with some friends and not my wife :-). Hosts Paula and Derek are two of Africa's special people ...

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2008

I just returned from Mozambique and had the time of a lifetime in Niassa, Lugenda Bush Camp. The hotel managers and guide were more than kind and every bit of the stay was simply PERFECT.
Niassa is a truly unique experience I would recommend to any nature lover.

I can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 30, 2015
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Lugenda Bush Camp

Address: Niassa Wildreservat, Niassa Wildlife Reservation, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Niassa Province > Niassa Wildlife Reservation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Niassa Wildlife Reservation
Price Range: $450 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lugenda Bush Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 20

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