Following a devastating civil war in Mozambique that ran from 1972 to 1994, Niassa Reserve once again became an important area of biodiversity that needed protection. As a result, in 2000 Niassa started to be managed through a public-private partnership entity, the Sociedade para a Gestão e Desenvolvimento da Reserva do Niassa (SGDRN).
When the first concessions were made available, Saudi Sheik Adel Aujan bid for the first area and was awarded the tender. So began the story of Lugenda Wildlife Conservancy (Luwire), Block L7 within the Niassa Reserve. It was the first concession in the reserve to be allocated to and then funded by a private investor.
Since then, Luwire has operated as a responsible trophy hunting concession. A luxury photographic tourism lodge, Lugenda Wilderness Camp, was built in 2006.
Our strategic aim is to be a resilient conservancy that transforms communities and promotes natural resources. We believe that our key drivers of success include: security, transparent, professional governance, sustainable economy, and infrastructure. Our team is mostly comprised of Mozambican nationals; and many of our scouts were born and raised in Niassa. They risk their lives every day to protect our free-roaming wildlife and keep our concession safe and secure for future generations of Mozambicans.
Sheik Aujan – our Honorary Chairman – sadly passed away in January 2017; and in honour of our founder, we are committed to maintaining his vision for future generations in northern Mozambique. His son, Abdulla Aujan carries on our founding legacy as a 2nd generation concessionaire. All of us at Luwire Wilderness aim to honour his legacy by continuing to ensure the safety and security of the biodiversity of Luwire Wilderness.