Kubatana CampRating: Mid-range | PRICES FROM: £450 pp full board
However Gorongosa is now coming back! The environment here is not only stunning, but massively diverse which accounts for its great ecological importance in this area of the southern Rift Valley.
We anticipate opening Kubatana Camp on April 15th 2014. It is a small rustic camp with just 6 tents and it can cater for up to only 14 guests. Since this is still a little-visited park, staying here you will be one of the very few in a huge area of African wilderness. It's a special experience. A lot of wildlife has been translocated back into the park, and it is also re-establishing itself naturally too.
Location: Kubatana is in the heart of Gorongosa National Park by a seasonal stream, and not far away from some of the historic landmarks such as Lion House, Lake Urema and Chitengo. It is about 30 mins drive from the Chitenga airstrip, and it takes about 25 mins to fly here from Beira (or close to 4 hours to drive).
Rooms: There are 6 tents in the camp, in an area dominated by fever trees. The tents have either a king-sized beds or twin beds. The ensuite bathroom has a flush loo, basin and enclosed outdoor shower. There is also a private verandah from which you can see the floodplains. There is a triple room, a honeymoon tent and also a family tent.
Activities: Apart from game drives, the camp also offers night drives to see nocturnal wildlife, boating on Lake Urema (great for birders in particular - though at the time of writing an environmental impact assessment is awaited on this activity), walking safaris, fly camping, and a trip to Mount Gorongosa (another good one for birders). In addition you can meet park ecologists and researchers and even go to see some of the animals that have been recently translocated here, and are being kept in an area before being let out fully into the park. Lastly, you can visit the local village with camp staff, or even go to see one of the community outreach projects.
Dining: There is a dining tent in the centre of the camp.
Children: Children are welcome from the age of 6 years. There is a discount for children from 6-12 yrs, and children of these ages should always share a tent with an adult. There is one family tent and there is also a triple room. Children 13 yrs upwards are charged at the full adult rate. Young children under 6 yrs are welcome if the camp is taken on an exclusive basis.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Not a great spot for communication!