Join the Blue Sky Society Trust for the team expedition of a lifetime! Join Blue Sky founder, Carla Geyser, on this 16-day overland journey in Mozambique will take you from an estuary on the Indian Ocean to elephant conservation on the Gile National Reserve, and over forests, savannahs, waterfalls, and gorges in between. Experience Africa on this unique hands-on opportunity to connect ethical adventure travel and meet the local conservationists who are working every day to promote biodiversity and wildlife education.
Learn more about Carla Geyser and the Blue Sky Society Trust HERE.
Blue Sky is offering a $300 discount on this trip to say thank you to the Unearth Women Community.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This is not a tour but rather a team expedition, and every member of the team is expected to pitch in with cooking, cleaning, camp set up, and whatever needs doing. It is the experience of a lifetime, and we would love to have exploratory fun-filled compassionate spirits along for the ride. Are you up for the challenge?
This expedition will involve driving long distances over bumpy dusty roads, camping in remote areas, and at times being without cell service for days and of course loads of giving back through hands-on charity work!
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- Expedition leader
- Expedition vehicles
- Fuel & Toll fees
- Basic accommodation (camping/bungalows)
- All Meals & Water
- All camping equipment
- National Park Fees
- Activities – include collaring elephants in Gile National Reserve, 1 x boat cruise at Pebane, Visit to African Parks Bazaruto Project, Game Drives at Gorongosa National Park, Visit Communities and/or Wildlife conservation education at school(s)
Day 1: We arrive in the town of Quelimane. Expedition briefing.
Day 2/3: Drive to Pebane Fishing lodge which is located on the east coast of Mozambique, the lodge is located right on an estuary on the Indian Ocean, just 100 meters from an unspoiled beach.
Days 4-9: We will be collaring elephants in Gile National Reserve. The Gilé National Reserve (GNR) used to be one of the most preserved treasures of biodiversity in Mozambique. It is mainly made up of miombo forest, dambos, reforested savannah and riverine vegetation along various rivers and rivulets. Of great interest the granitic Kopjes’ habitats which are either inside or around the GNR.
Day 10: Sleepover in Catapu to break up the journey. M’phingwe is an affordable bush lodge nestled within the 25,000-hectare Catapu forestry concession and 9,960-hectare Catapu Safaris game farm.
Days 11-13: Gorongosa National Park is a preserved area in the Great Rift Valley of central Mozambique. Its forests and savannahs are home to lions, hippos, and elephants. Lake Uremia and its surrounding wetlands and rivers attract scores of water birds. The multitiered Murombodzi Falls spills over jagged rocks on the slopes of Mount Gorongosa. Limestone gorges and bat-filled caves define Cheringoma Plateau. We will be meeting people from various organizations to hear about their project, and hopefully doing a community /school OR Project visit OR visit EO Wilson Biodiversity Lab
Days 14-16: Vilankulo is a coastal town in Mozambique, lying in the Vilanculos District of Inhambane Province. African Parks Project – Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of an extraordinary collection of terrestrial and marine habitats of unique ecological value along Mozambique’s coastline. In 2017, this critical marine sanctuary became the 13th park and first marine reserve to fall under African Parks’ management, in partnership with the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC). Their shared vision is to see this exquisite coastal ecosystem revitalized as one of Africa’s leading and most productive marine protected areas. We will be visiting the project. Possible beach clean-up with one of the island schools. (TBC)
Day 17: Fly home
*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but Blue Sky will keep you posted and updated.
Safety is always a priority, We have a satellite phone, SATIB Insurance 24 hour medivac and assistance on call, Access to doctors 24/7