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Mozambique River Expedition TOP006_13

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Mozambique River Expedition

The Lugenda River in Mozambique is one of Africa’s most incredible and completely wild places.  This two-week adventure takes you whitewater rafting down this magnificent river. You and your team will paddle a remote and stunning 250km stretch of Lugenda that is surrounded with exotic wildlife. The mountains rising from the plains in the distance are the cherry on top of this exhilarating Mozambique adventure.


  • Be a member of the first commercial team to paddle the Lugenda
  • See elephants, hippos, impalas, waterbucks, and buffalos
  • Enjoy a game safari expedition
  • See the unbelievable inselbergs – rock monoliths rising from the vast plain
  • Camp under African skies along the banks of the river
  • Discover ancient rock art of the native peoples
  • Fall in love with the lush green grasses of the plains
  • Wrap your two weeks at a fantastic beach hotel in Pemba

This river expedition has one primary goal: to paddle a 250km stretch of the Lugenda in the Niassa National Reserve.

Double in size from Kruger National Park, Niassa is often thought of as one of Africa’s last wild places.

Professional paddlers have explored this stretch before but there has never been such a large scale and epic undertaking as this one. Because the area is so remote, Niassa National Reserve doesn’t get many visitors. This means you’ll have a prime seat on your two-person raft to see big game drinking along the riverbank.

The river terrain is mostly flowing and flat water and there are several great whitewater sections that will get your adrenaline pumping. Depending on the severity of the rapids, you and your team may need to be portaged around certain rapids, but don’t worry, you’ll have your fill and will love waking up each day excited for the unexpected.  Previous whitewater rafting isn’t needed, though you do need to be a strong and confident swimmer.

You’ll begin and end in Pemba, on the Indian Ocean. After a day’s drive you’ll reach your ‘put-in’ spot and from there you paddle for 11 incredible days, following the river downstream. You’ll negotiate rapids (and wildlife) and at night you’ll camp, enjoying tasty campfire meals and good conversation. The last day of paddling brings you to the Lugenda Wilderness Camp.  The team will be treated to a game safari in 4×4 jeeps and you’ll have the chance to walk around stunning monoliths carved with ancient art. As a final treat, enjoy a beach hotel back in Pemba before heading home.

If you’re looking for wilderness, beauty, and exhilaration, this Mozambique wilderness and whitewater adventure is the perfect opportunity.  Discover a part of Africa not often seen.  Enquire today to learn more.



The expedition starts in Pemba on the Indian Ocean coast, where you’ll meet your expedition leader. There will be a day’s drive to reach the start of the river and the ‘put in’. You will then paddle for 11 days following the river downstream, negotiating rapids and wildlife along the way. You will camp each night by the river, carrying everything you need for the expedition in the rafts. On the last day you will reach the luxurious Lugenda Wilderness Camp. Here you will go on a game safari in 4x4s, and walk around the incredible rock monoliths and view ancient rock art. There will be another day’s drive back to Pemba, where you can celebrate in style on the beach before flying home.


You’ll paddle a 250km stretch of river in two-person rafts. It is mostly flowing flat water, with several sections of white water. Some of these will have to be portaged around, depending on the severity of the rapids. You will be accompanied by professional kayaking and rafting guides. Previous whitewater experience is not necessary though being a strong swimmer who’s confident in water is a prerequisite. In general, the Niassa National Reserve is relatively flat savannah. In May it will be post rainy season so the grasses will be high and the land green and lush.

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Suitable Team Members

Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. They should have an adventurous and robust spirit. They should be over 21, fit and healthy. On this expedition you will be required to to crew your own two-man raft and paddle yourself up to 25km per day. You need to be comfortable with white water and be able to swim at least 200m. You also need to be able to physically pull yourself back into a raft. Please speak to us about the fitness requirements if in doubt.


You will be staying in a simple basic hotel at Pemba at the start and end of the expedition, and whilst on the trip you will be wild camping every night by the river. On the last day you will be able to camp by the luxurious Lugenda River Lodge with the opportunity to stay as and additional extra.


All food will be provided in country. Whilst in Pemba we will eat in local restaurants, and when on the journey the local guides will be rustling up tasty fresh food each day to keep the team going.


A minibus will transport the team from Pemba to the put in and take out, and you will also be supported by 4x4s to carry the equipment to the start and end point. Whilst on the river you will not have vehicular back up following you, but they will be on call if needed.


Dates & Rates

Dates: 06 – 20 May 2017

Price: 3,499 GBP


  • Full services of a trip operator expedition leader with local guides, experts and porters.
  • All meals.
  • All specialist and safety equipment.
  • All accommodation including tents.
  • All permits.


  • International flights.
  • Local airport taxes.
  • Tips to local guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and any costs of a personal nature.
  • Personal equipment. Upon booking you will receive a comprehensive kit list.


When it comes to getting off the beaten track these guys can’t be beaten. They lead pioneering expeditions to some of the most remote regions on earth. The organisers are dedicated to creating imaginative experiences for adventurers around the world and their team of expert military guides are some of the most experienced in the industry.

Nowhere is off limits and no idea is too crazy. They have achieved ground breaking world firsts such as mountain biking in Afghanistan and mountaineering in Iraq and their first ever expeditions to walk across Madagascar and pioneer white water rafting in South Sudan both made the headlines…. and a bit of history.

Being wild and wacky is one thing but with their background as commanders in the British Army and experienced team of specialists in every kind of terrain and environment means that all of their adventures are thoroughly planned and the safety and security of teams is always their highest priority.

Expeditions can be inherently risky, but they do everything possible to minimise potential hazards and for that, and the utterly extraordinary trips they put on, we salute them.

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