Birdwatching in Mozambique
Mozambique stretches over 2000km from north to south. It is a lush and varied country, and birding in Mozambique is particularly good along its Indian Ocean coastline. Migrant coastal waders are found in the south, whilst the ornithological records of the bays and islands of the north are still incomplete.
Birdwatching in Mozambique offers the chance to see spectacular species including the endangered Thyolo alethe; beautiful white-tailed blue flycatcher; and striking red and blue double-collared sunbirds. Other popular and colourful species include the mangrove kingfisher; tiny greenbul; and olive-headed weaver.
One of the birding highlights of southern Mozambique is Gorongosa National Park, which has open woodlands, grasslands and expansive seasonal wetlands. This was one of our highlights for birding in Mozambique when we visited Gorongosa in 2011. We had many great sightings including crowned cranes and the vocal Burchell's coucal, not to mention plenty of the common red-necked spurfowl.
In the far north, the Quirimbas Archipelago remains relatively untouched and thus of special interest to keen birdwatchers. Ornithological records here are constantly being updated, with new sightings recorded very frequently. For more of our ideas and the best lodges for birdwatching in Mozambique, see the links below.
Our favourite places for birdwatching in Mozambique
Explore Gorongosa|100% (4 reviews)The rare Pel’s fishing owl, narina trogon and the Gorongosa endemic green-headed oriole have been recorded among the 412 recorded species here, which will be a highlight to enthusiasts on a birdwatching holiday in Mozambique. More about Explore Gorongosa
Ibo Dhow Safari|100% (1 review)The Quirimbas Archipelago doesn't have the density of species that you'll often find in mainland Africa, but the birdwatching at Ulumbwa River and Ibo Island is particularly good, with many coastal wading species seen. More about Ibo Dhow Safari
Ibo Island Lodge|93% (3 reviews)As part of your birdwatching holiday in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago it is possible to head out with a professional guide for a birding walk - many coastal wading species can be seen at low tide right in front of the lodge. More about Ibo Island Lodge
Nkwichi Lodge|100% (3 reviews)Birdwatching at Lake Malawi is great for indigenous and migratory birds. Bird walks are possible from the lodge, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will point out and identify various species for you. More about Nkwichi Lodge