Wild, wilder, Mozambique!

Wild, wilder, Mozambique!

With 3000 kilometres of pristine coastline, 12 national parks and the friendliest of people, Mozambique is a wilderness that is just waiting to be explored. Here’s what you can expect from your wild Mozambique holiday…

Birder’s paradise

whimbrel-621376_1280With the longest Indian Ocean coastline in Africa, massive lakes and large river systems, thousands of water birds are attracted to Mozambique every year. A total of 722 avian species are listed within the boundaries of Mozambique.

Birding in Mozambique is easier than most people realise. If you are staying in Maputo and have a few hours to spend, check out the beaches near Southern Sun Maputo where White-fronted Plovers and Common Whimbrels roam between the tides.

Book a single or multi-day trip to the Maputo Special Reserve and enjoy the unique opportunity of viewing many of the 427 species within the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation and Resource Area with a guide.

Walk on the wild side

If you are looking for a true African wildlife experience, we would highly recommend paying a visit to Gorongosa National Park. During your stay at Gorongosa National Park you can expect encounters with a large variety of wildlife such as lion, buffalo, waterbuck, reedbuck, hartebeest, kudu, nyala, and large herds of elephant – when going on a guided game drive in the early hours of the morning.

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Hikers will be delighted to hear that well-developed walking trails in pristine wilderness are just waiting to be explored. Feel like hiking along Lake Malawi or through the Limpopo National Park? How about staying at a lodge in the Chimanimani Mountains where you can arrange elephant tracking in the forest – or a walking safari through the remote Niassa National Park?

Underwater utopia

With a coastline spanning thousands of kilometres, the waters next to Mozambique and around its islands are teeming with life. Little wonder that thousands of divers, game anglers and all-round ocean lovers flock to the destination every year.

Swimming with whale sharks in Tofo will without a doubt be one of the most unique experiences of whale-shark-281497_1280your life. These gentle giants can reach up to 12 metres in length and 21 tons in weight! No need to be afraid though as they have a diet consisting almost exclusively of plankton and are harmless to man.

If your idea of fishing involves a hook and a line – or spear – you can do it in Mozambique and most likely at your destination of choice. Hotspots include but are by no means restricted to Pomene, the Bazaruto Archipelago, Nacala, Inhaca, Ponta do Ouro, the magnificent Quirimbas Islands, and the coast off of Xai-Xai. All the tropical fish such as springer, giant trevally and queenfish are present with October to March as the main marlin season.

Quirimbas National Park is home to one of eastern Africa’s largest mangrove forests, full of bird and marine life visible only to those who can navigate through the partially submerged forests. Did you know that four species of sea turtles have been recorded in the waters of these islands? Time to grab a kayak and start paddling!

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