Pemba - Niassa Game reserve in August, suggestions needed

bunnybuh created the topic: Pemba - Niassa Game reserve in August, suggestions needed

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Hi all!
We are 2 backpakers landing in Pemba on 01st August and departing from Pemba on 14th August. We would like to experience an overnight (or more than one night if not too expensive) and a safari (walking, 4x4, canyoning or any other possibility) in the Niassa Game Reserve on the cheapest budgetary solution and on a sustainable tourism model. As we will stay in Pemba maily (for relax, scuba diving, snorkelling, visit Wimboe beach, souk market & villages), we are flexible about dates of travel to Niassa Game Reserve within the period above mentioned. We are used to travel as backpackers and we are focused on enjoying local culture as much as possible regarding food and accomodation. We are pretty flexible and easygoing, cheap and clean accomodation will be ok. Do you have any precious comment or suggestion for us?

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mozman replied the topic: Pemba - Niassa Game reserve in August, suggestions needed

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Hi there

See my replies within your questions below:

We are 2 backpakers landing in Pemba on 01st August and departing from Pemba on 14th August.
MIKE: This is a pleasant time to be in northern Mozambique. Weather will be fairly hot, but almost no chance of rain. As there was a lot of rain during the past wet season, there may be a lot of mosquitoes around and so take proper precautions against malaria.

We would like to experience an overnight (or more than one night if not too expensive) and a safari (walking, 4x4, canyoning or any other possibility) in the Niassa Game Reserve on the cheapest budgetary solution and on a sustainable tourism model.
MIKE: Niassa Reserve is very remote and there are no regular safaris or tours offered that I know of at present. I was in Pemba two weeks ago and I could not find any trips to the Niassa Reserve. I did meet up with people developing tourism in the buffer zone of the Reserva, and even with a good 4x4 and very experience driver, it is about a 16 hour drive to Mecula. The Niassa Carnivore Project has set up a very nice eco-safari camp on an island in the Lugenda River, but this involves chartering a light aircraft and is aimed at high-end tourism, so beyond a backpacker budget. www.niassalion.org/

As we will stay in Pemba maily (for relax, scuba diving, snorkelling, visit Wimboe beach, souk market & villages), we are flexible about dates of travel to Niassa Game Reserve within the period above mentioned.
MIKE: I can highly recommend that you stay at Russel's Camp. One of the reasons is that here you may meet up with someone driving (or even flying) to Niassa Reserve, as that is really your only hope of getting there unless you hire a 4x4, which will also be very expensive. web.facebook.com/pembamagic/

We are used to travel as backpackers and we are focused on enjoying local culture as much as possible regarding food and accomodation. We are pretty flexible and easygoing, cheap and clean accomodation will be ok. Do you have any precious comment or suggestion for us?
MIKE: It may be very disappointing, but I don't think that you will manage to get to the Niassa Reserve, unless you find someone willing to give you a ride, but this cannot be arranged before your arrival in Pemba. As an alternative I highly recommend a trip up to Ibo Island, and for the best advice contact Lucie who owns Baobibo guesthouse in Ibo. Tell her that Mike from mozguide sent you: www.baobibo.com/

Have a great trip. Whatever happens, your will enjoy Mozambique.

Mike

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bunnybuh replied the topic: Pemba - Niassa Game reserve in August, suggestions needed

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Dear Mike,
thanks a lot for your reply!
I am sorry for the delay n getting back to you, but your message was wrongly foldered into spam box.
We did understand that a safari in Niassa is not an easy option, so we will arrange a safari in Tanzania before arriving in Pemba.
As a result, we will have 14 days to be spent in Pemba and surroundings..what would you suggest?
I will for sure contact Lucie as suggested at the end of June for the best advice contact for Ibo island.
Any other interesting budgetary activity in Pemba and surroundings to suggest?
Thanks a lot in advance for your attention and the precious information shared.
Best regards,
Ludovica

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mozman replied the topic: Pemba - Niassa Game reserve in August, suggestions needed

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Not easy to suggest what to do around Pemba without your own transport. Contact Il Pirata about kite surfing. Russell at Pemba Magic will also have some good ideas so ask when you arrive.

Will think about other options.
Mike

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