Moja Safari wilderness is a private concession in the vast and stunning Niassa Reserve.
Moja Safari Wilderness: Our full report
Please note: Moja Safari Wilderness is not currently operating, call us for the latest details.Moja Safari Wilderness is a privately-managed concession within the vast Niassa National Reserve. As of yet none of the Expert Africa team have visited Niassa, or Moja Safari Wilderness, but we have high hopes that it will offer a fantastic wilderness experience in an exciting new safari area. For the latest information please contact us, but here are a few details of what travellers can expect.
Due to open in the latter half of 2009, Moja Safari Wilderness is not a place for a 'two game-drives a day, ticking off the Big 5' safari. Here a safari is more like an adventurous journey in the ultimate wilderness, offering a chance to explore the private concession which stretches along the magnificent Lugenda River.
Your accommodation – Moja Wilderness Camp – is a mobile tented camp, which moves location as you head further into the bush. The Moja team will host you during your stay, preparing the camp for you. Rest assured you won't need to pitch any tents! Then your knowledgeable safari guide will lead your safari.
The activities here are a daily exploration, either on foot or in canoes on a river-based safari. Each day you will head off into the bush, arriving at your camp, which has been moved to a brand new location. This is not a safari for people expecting to see a lot of big game. However it is perfect for those wanting to experience wilderness, and the opportunity to get a way from it all.
We're told that the camp is ecologically designed and environmentally innovative. It aims to have a very low footprint on the surrounding ecology, but to also be very comfortable, with hot water, cold drinks and delicious meals.
Each of the tents at Moja Wilderness Camp is a classic dome-style mobile safari tent, with black mosquito-netting windows and door inners. The tents can be fitted with twin single beds, or a double bed, depending on what is required. Traditional canvas bucket-showers are provided daily, with lovely warm water and there are also composting toilets.
Each safari in Moja Wilderness will have a maximum of 4 tents and therefore a maximum 8 people per safari.
Ideal length of stay: We recommend a minimum of a 3 nights, preferably a few more, to ensure guests get to experience the full mobile safari.
Directions: To access Moja Safari Wilderness, you fly for 90 minutes from Pemba (Mozambique), the nearest large town. There are flights into Pemba from Johannesburg, Maputo, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: We have not yet eaten at Moja Safari Wilderness, though we understand it will be a fusion of regional Mozambican influences and western recipes. Meals will be light, tasty and original.
For breakfast travellers will have a choice of a hot meal such as omelettes and fresh bread. Though there will also be a choice of home-made smoothies or simply a bowl of fresh fruit and yoghurt. You might even be treated to eggs Benedict and tasty muesli!
Lunch will then be two courses, and will usually be a light snack such as a homemade burger or an open sandwich served on freshly baked baguettes. Sandwich fillings might include smoked chicken, brie and cranberry compote or venison steak, pickle and marula jelly. A refreshing desert such as a fresh fruit sorbet would follow.
A three-course dinner is served every evening, with a starter such as soup or antipasti, for the main course you might enjoy fresh barbequed fish, handmade pizza or a seafood curry, whilst desert might be an indulgent chocolate fondue or a warming apple and cinnamon crumble.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Available drinks are included, but the selection will be slightly limited on this mobile safari.
Further dining info: No – though tea and coffee will be brought to your tents.
Property’s age restrictions: Children below the age of 14 years will not be allowed on the mobile safari without prior arrangement and consent from Moja Safari Wilderness.
Generally recommended for children: No
Notes: Niassa Reserve is a wild and remote place best suited to older more mature children and young adults.
Communications: Moja Safari Wilderness has satellite communication, therefore email and skype is available as well as a satellite phone for emergencies. HF radios are used between the camps for communications with a connection back to Pemba and Lichinga for emergencies.
TV & radio: No
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included
Money: Moja currently does not have credit card facilities and therefore all extras must be paid either in US dollars or Meticais (the local currency of Mozambique).