The coastal area for some 200 kilometers north of Londo, and running west for the same distance inland, has recently been designated a conservation area with special emphasis on the migrating herds of elephants.

CI Divers and Pemba Dive are co-ordinating efforts to enforce existing conservation laws to preserve the corals and sea life in the area. The poverty of much of the local Pemba population leads to the plundering of the marine resources merely to survive. This is a worldwide conservation problem. It follows that industrial development and job creation in the area will greatly assist the conservation effort. VISITORS ARE URGED TO SUPPORT CONSERVATION BY REFUSING TO BUY SEA SHELLS AND TURTLE CARAPACES.

The forests: Inland from Pemba are great forests. Timber cutting is big business up and down Northern Mocambique. This is strictly regulated by the Government with an emphasis on the cutting of dead and sick trees only. A permit is required to transport timber by road. The timbers of Cabo Delgado are very dense (heavy) running some 1000 kilograms per cubic meter, and more and do not float. Most timbers are available at about US$750 per cubic meter (cut to your specifications). The most common types are:

  • Chamfuta (mahogany);
  • Mbila (kiaat);
  • Jamberri (patridge wood);
  • Matonya (the lightest in weight of the Pemba timbers - very fine grained but with minimal resistance to insect damage - goes red with age);
  • Masinji (Pemba yellowwood - bug and rot resistant, but very hard to cut and warps readily - not popular due to the difficulties with working it - lovely yellow colour);
  • Ebony (these thin twisted trees command a price of US$30000+ a cubic meter - used for making piano keys).

Bush camp loungeelephants eyeThose who would like to see more of the forests (and also elephants and birds) should visit the "bush camp" maintained by Koos von Landsberg at the foot of a massive inselberg complex at Ancuabe near Montepuez (about 150kms from Pemba). Access in the dry season is possible with a HiLux 2x4 bakkie. Koos has a Unimog and a tracked personnel carrier for the wet season. This is a mountain climber's and hiker's paradise. The flowers come out in January and February (along with the flooded rivers). There are separate chalets and a magnificent mosquito-proof boma. Koos can be contacted on +257-82-6633570.

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