Described by Mike Fay of the World Conservation Society as being located in one of Africa’s ‘last wild places’, in northern Mozambique, in Niassa National Reserve, Lugenda Wilderness Camp is an understated, remote and relatively unknown luxury camp of the highest order.
A thatch, canvas and wood build, and situated close to Legunda river, in the shade of a thicket of fig trees, the lodge consists of a mess area and 8 sleeping tents. The shared areas include a lounge, bar, dining area, swimming pool, library, outdoor seating area, fire pit and boma. Raised and simply designed, the main lodge overlooks the run down to the river, and its interiors are characterised by an open side, peaked ceiling, ruddy wooden flooring and a predilection for brightly coloured seating, furnishings and local artefacts. The food is great, and outdoor dining is announced by the banging of a drum.
Raised on wooden platforms, and protected by thatched roofing, each of the sleeping tents is discreetly situated, and each possesses a verandha, a king-size or twin bed, en-suite bathroom, plenty of changing room, a ceiling fan and safe. Very simply styled – a hand-woven rug, side-tables, sensible lighting – emphasis is placed here on basic comfort, on well chosen features (a stand-alone Victorian bath, for example), and on enormous gauze windows, which allow for 270 degree views, a beautifully lit room and the feeling that one is almost outside.
Activities at Lugenda Wilderness Camp include game drives, walking safaris, bush picnics and sundowners.
Trips to Lugenda Wilderness Lodge work well when combined with the Quirimbas archipelago.
In choosing a holiday with Rani Resorts, you can rest assured that you are doing good. In every
area we operate in, we support a range of community projects and make an enduring
commitment to the natural environment. So no matter how self-indulgent your Rani holiday is, by
staying with us you are helping to make Africa a better place – its environment, its wildlife and its
At Rani Resorts we are committed to fair wages and working conditions, ethical business practice and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. At all our destinations, we implement measures to employ and buy locally, develop local skills, implement health programmes, support local communities and engage in environmental conservation and education. We work actively to conserve the bio-diversity of our natural environment and we liaise with government authorities to ensure the implementation of sound conservation practices. At all our establishments we promote energy-saving measures and sustainable building practices.
Conserving nature and bio-diversity
Rani Resorts’ wildlife and marine destinations boast a diversity of animal, bird and marine species that is unrivalled almost anywhere else on earth. Our properties are set within proclaimed parks, such as the Victoria Falls and Niassa Game Reserves and the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Marine National Parks. We help actively to protect the flagship species that occur here – species such as the endangered black rhino and African wild dog, the near-extinct Dugong sea mammal, four different species of marine turtle and dolphin, as well as whale sharks, Southern Right, Minke and Humpback Whales. The presence of these species acts as a barometer for the health of the natural environment and we support programmes to ensure that the overall bio-diversity is kept intact. Wherever possible we work with Government, wildlife authorities and NGO’s to support specific conservation programmes.
Rani plays an important role in monitoring and supporting the diversity of wildlife species at Niassa Game Reserve – a vast, under-utilised wildlife area that is approximately twice the size of South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park. Through the establishment of Lugenda Wilderness Camp, we are proving and furthering the viability of non-consumptive wildlife use in this region which had previously been dedicated to hunting.
Rani Resorts supports sustainable building practices and we follow stringent environmental guidelines in our planning and construction phases. During the design phase, we plan for the use of energy efficient lighting such as compact fluorescents, as well as renewable energy technologies to power equipment and vehicles. To conserve water, we use low-flow fixtures and we re-use greywater wherever possible. Our waste management approach is to re-use and recycle where-ever possible and we attempt to use products with minimal packaging.
At Rani, we are committed to ensuring that our operations are sensitive to the needs of surrounding communities. Around most of our establishments we have implemented specific social and economic programmes in order to enhance the lives of the people who live around us.