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October 2008

IT has been a truly wild past few weeks in the big bad world of global economics, and despite the financial challenges facing the market at this time (in fact, because of them), we really feel that the world travel market will be looking a little out of the conventional box in 2009 for more personal, more responsible, and at the end of the day, more authentic travel experiences. In light of this, and in the spirit of optimism our vibrant continent is celebrated for, my husband, Rob, and I would like to invite you to join One Africa at WTM in London next month to learn more about our real and unique safari experiences we are offering in Mozambique next year. 
Although not a traditional safari destination, Mozambique’s national parks and reserves are re-emerging from their turbulent past, revealing a handful of wilderness gems that perfectly complement the more established marine treasures along its coastline.  As such, One Africa's unique safari experiences in Mozambique are not your two game-drives a day, tick off the Big 5, anyone-for-Belgian-truffles-type safaris… Far from it, in fact, with travellers these days being smarter and far more value-driven than the same-old, same-old caters for, we believe that the difference between a One Africa experience and your more typical photographic safari is all in the approach.  We like to approach each of our safaris as a personal and real encounter between our guests, their hosts, and the surrounding environment.  We are inspired by Mozambique’s wild places, her lively people, and most of all, her delightful mystery…
  
AS many of you know, we have been extremely fortunate to secure a stunning private concession within the vast Niassa National Reserve in the far north of the country.  In close proximity to both Lake Malawi as well as the regional coastal hub, Pemba and the nearby Quirimbas Archipelago, moja safari wilderness is one of the first ecotourism concessions made available within the Niassa Reserve.
More than twice the size of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the Niassa Reserve’s 42 000 square kilometers make it not only by far the largest conservation area in Mozambique, but also one of the most extensive protected areas in Africa, especially with recent efforts to establish a wildlife corridor between it and the Selous Game Reserve to the north. Due to the nature of the reserve, and in keeping with the ideals of the classic wilderness experience, our launch product, moja explore mobile safaris will introduce guests to the realities of protecting vast wild areas of importance in Africa.  These aspects, which form an integral part of each day on safari in Niassa, include biodiversity conservation, communities living within wilderness areas, holistic sustainable development, and natural resource management.  
Our simple, open-plan tented camps are supremely comfortable, with hot water, cold drinks, delicious meals, and cosy beds. However, our guest will be encouraged to immerse themselves in Niassa life, feeling part of something rather than feeling disconnected from it. The safari - their adventurous journey - will unravel around them, unveiling all manner of interesting, profound and memorable experiences. Niassa is not the place to visit hidden behind the safe confines of a gin-and-tonic-flavoured Hollywood re-interpretation … It is raw, beautiful, and truly inspiring.  Niassa provides a glimpse of Africa as yet untainted by mass commercialisation, bad media, and ineffectual politics.  
moja explore mobile safaris present an adventurous and realistic insight into this truly magical region.  Guests will revel in the beauty, delight in the simplicity, and gasp at the magnitude of the issues threatening wilderness areas throughout the world today.  Niassa is a place of extreme sensory inspiration and emotional attachment, and we at Moja Safari Wilderness invite you to come walk, paddle and explore it with us, and learn to love it as we do…warts and all!  
  
THE exciting news that we will share further with you at WTM this year is that we have just entered into an exclusive agreement with the management body of Mozambique’s flagship conservation area, Gorongosa National Park, to operate luxury walking safaris within this wholly unique and visually spectacular national treasure. Under the operating title, Explore Gorogosa, we invite you and your guests to join us on a one-of-a-kind luxury walking safari experience, providing a unique insight into the Park’s visionary restoration project aimed at re-establishing the natural wonders of this awesome wildlife sanctuary. Our exclusive safaris will be lead by top regional professional guides and will be based from our quirky semi-permanent tented camp situated on our very own private operational area within the Park. 
We are truly thrilled to be able to share the details of our ground-breaking Explore Gorongosa concept, as well as our latest Niassa plans for Moja Safari Wilderness with you all at WTM next month. We have been given an amazing opportunity here and we look forward to creating the ultimate safari experience for you and your guests within Mozambique’s wild wonderlands …

Read more about both our exciting projects in Mozambique at:
www.exploregorongosa.com
www.mojasafariwilderness.com