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IGO Special projects are tailored adventure holidays for small groups and families looking for a trip that gives back. Pioneering and totally unique, the focus is on wildlife and environmental conservation in far-flung, remote locations. Led by expert local guides, the groups will take a ‘hands on’ approach and actively participate in preserving nature’s last remaining exotic paradises. The ultimate in eco-tourism!

Much research has gone into selecting some of the most endangered ecosystems on our planet, and we have ensured that our trips directly benefit the local people, wildlife and habitats we are trying to protect. IGO’s ethos is centred around sustainability, social responsibility and low impact tourism. If you are looking to help preserve the world’s last great wildernesses for future generations, then Special Projects are for you.

[ MOZAMBIQUE ]

[ MOZAMBIQUE ENQUIRY FORM ]

Should you have any questions regarding the Mozambique Trip please complete the form below or call our experts on: +44 20 8133 4673 (London 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri).

Leave sustainable eco-footprints on the pristine beaches of Mozambique while tracking turtle nesting behaviour

Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (PPMR) protects 100km of coastline where 70% of Mozambique’s endangered leatherback and critically endangered loggerhead turtles nest annually. It is the only location in the world where you can see inland game and marine life such as dolphins and turtles with just a turn of the head. This area of the world plays a vital role in preserving and ensuring the continuation of these turtle species by involving the local community in the tracking and conservation programmes.

[ EXPEDITION OVERVIEW ]

Starting in Maputo we will head south into the elephant reserve to the luxury barefoot lodge of Anvil bay where we will acclimatise and be briefed on the issues in the area by the head of the reserve. The core of the week will be on land based game drives by foot & 4x4 and sea safaris along the coast. The Focus is to monitor turtle nesting sites and tag the prehistoric reptiles as they make their way up the beach to lay their precious eggs.

[ HIGHLIGHTS ]

• Camp by the biggest coastal sand dunes with vegetation in the world.
• See elephants, hippos and game right next to whales and dolphins.
• Swim and surf with turtles and dolphins in the biggest coral reef in southern Mozambique,
• Tag endangered turtle species and learn unique insight from the head of the special reserve.

4-16

PEOPLE

8

DAYS

Nov - Dec - Jan

BEST TIME OF YEAR

EXPEDITION
ACTIVITY LEVEL

from £4,400

PRICE PER PERSON

Turtles & plastics

CONSERVATION

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

A once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with an endangered species with a local expert.

ACTIVITY LEVEL:

Moderate. This trip can be tailored by traveling on fatbikes, foot, sea kayak or 4x4

ACCOMMODATION:

Anvil bay luxury barefoot lodge and safari camp

INCLUDED: 

  • Arrival & departure transfers in country (Helicopter is optional extra)
  • 1 night at the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo
  • 4 nights at Anvil Bay on a sharing basis with 1 in room massage included per person
  • Land safaris and 3 nights in mobile tented camps with showers
  • Sea safari from Anvil Bay
  • Full board throughout
  • Beers local spirits & house wines

 

  • 4x4 vehicles
  • Double tents in the reserve and on the beach
  • Camp setup
  • Turtle tagging equipment with special permits to carry out conservation studies
  • Briefings from Maputo special reserve expert
  • Expert Guides and support

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • International flights
  • Personal items/ clothing
  • Any visa fees
  • Tips for guides
Day 1
Arrival in the capital of Mozambique and transfer to the Polana Serena hotel in Maputo.
Day 2
Drive (or optional helicopter) to Anvil bay in the Maputo elephant reserve. Afternoon briefing by the head of the reserve on the problems facing the park and what they are doing to minimise the illegal fishing and control of plastics in the area.
Days 3-5
Exploration of the reserve heading south down the coast witnessing game in the day and monitoring the turtles from the camp at night.
Days 6-8
Relax at the luxury eco loge of Anvil bay sharing stories with the locals and choosing from a multitude of activities on offer from surfing your own exclusive wave, swimming with dolphins, fishing, snorkelling to sunset drinks and soushi made from your catch that day.
Day 9
Head back to Maputo for flights back home.
The reserve aims to conserve this uniquely biodiverse ecosystem that consist of some of the world’s highest vegetated dunes, precious coral reefs, and a wide range of fauna and flora. Vulnerable fishing communities rely on the reserve’s natural resources for their livelihoods and food security. Community development projects aim to harmonise community needs and conservation efforts specifically focusing on sustainable fishing practices, alternative livelihoods, reproductive health and family planning. • Turtle project: Every year between October and March, rare, prehistoric looking loggerhead, leatherback, olive and hawksbill turtles return to the same stretch of beach along PPMR’s coastline to lay their precious eggs. This offers 42 unemployed local community members the opportunity to gain new skills and seasonal employment as turtle monitors. The focus of the turtle project is monitoring loggerhead and leatherback turtle nesting sites. Nesting site locations are captured as are the number of turtle and hatchling tracks. While laying their eggs, turtles are measured and tagged with titanium flipper tags to track nesting behaviour. Support for this programme goes toward employing and equipping otherwise unemployed local community members, procuring turtle tagging equipment and enabling monitoring activities. • Reef surveys: To measure the effects of global warming and human impact on PPMR’s coral reefs, a dedicated reef survey project has been established in three sites along the PPMR coastline, which the reserve hopes to expand to six. This long-term study will enable the development of appropriate conservation management policies and regulations. • Community development: Following the Mozambican civil war, the post-conflict economy of this area is highly inefficient and associated with extreme poverty. The project area offers very few livelihood and/or employment opportunities; families are food insecure and asset poor; further education is largely unheard of; and natural resources – especially fishing resources – are severely exploited. Supporting community development goes toward creating sustainable alternative livelihoods, natural resource management, sustainable fishing practices, capacity building, skills training, reproductive health and family planning guidance.
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