In Mozambique, I promised to tell you more about Kambako Safaris' operation in the Niassa Reserve. Kambako controls Block B in the reserve, encompassing 204,000 hectares (504,095 acres), plus an adjoining coutada of 96,000 hectares (237,221 acres). The concession in the reserve originally belonged to some Spaniards and continues to operate under the same name. John "Jumbo" Moore, from Zimbabwe, is the managing director. Since taking over Block B in 2005, Moore has significantly improved the accommodations and services available. He moved the main camp to take advantage of the view and breezes on the Lugenda River. The lodge sits on the high banks overlooking the river, where you'll see elephants winding their way over the sand bars and around the boulders in the waterway. The main lodge and guest chalets are built to take advantage of the breeze and keep guests cool. There's a swimming pool, generator power, hot running water, plus satellite television and wireless internet access. I completed the October issue of The Hunting Report on my laptop from Kambako's camp and had better internet access there than I did at the Windhoek Resort in Namibia. The chalets were roomy, cool and very comfortable. They even featured ceiling fans.
Moore was still completing the upgrades while I was there, but everything was in place to provide a luxurious stay - certainly for being in the middle of the wilderness more than an hour's flight from Pemba by bush plane. In addition to this main camp, Moore also has a fly camp made of wall tents, so clients can hunt deeper into the block and in the adjoining coutada without having a long drive back to the lodge. When I was there, Moore was figuring out how to bring in portable air conditioners for that camp to accommodate his Russian clients, who have difficulty with the heat in Mozambique.
Although I did not hunt during my stay, I did get a ride around the hunting block just a bit and have to admit that I did not get to see very much game. A Hunting Report subscriber was........(continued)