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Wildlife safaris in Mozambique
Wildlife safaris in Mozambique

Mozambique wildlife safaris

Best wildlife safaris in Mozambique

Mozambique is best known for its wonderful beaches and marine life, not its 4WD safaris. There is good reason for this: much of its game was slaughtered during its civil war (which ended in 1992), and most of the wildlife is still recovering. So in many ways, the best wildlife in Mozambique is still found under its waves.

Although Mozambique isn't currently a great choice for terrestrial wildlife, historically some of its national parks were superb. Now the country does offer vast and largely untouched areas, where the remaining wildlife is very 'wild', and very offbeat safaris to these remote areas are becoming possible. In short, Mozambique still has the potential for some of Africa's best wildlife safaris in the future. Watch this space…

If you are looking for the best wildlife safari in Mozambique, then the 4,000km² of Gorongosa National Park, which offered some of the best wildlife safaris in Africa before the civil war in the 1970s and '80s. In more recent times, restoration projects have supported the park's impressive recovery. There are already good populations of oribi, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, sable, zebra and monkeys - plus some lions and big herds of elephant. The park's rivers, lake and floodplains are home to hippo and crocodile, and some really excellent bird watching. Unfortunately, the region remains unstable meaning it is off limits to all but the most intrepid traveller and reliable safari experiences here remain elusive.

As a second thought, Niassa Reserve covers a vast 42,000km² beside Mozambique's border with Tanzania - and remains enticing, but is challenging to reach without very large costs.

For the time being, Mozambique remains a challenging safari destination and we are currently unable to offer traditional dry land safaris. However, for underwater safaris, its pristine waters offer some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in Africa.

Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra offers some of the best marine wildlife encounters in Mozambique, be it diving and snorkelling with a multitude of fish, finding Dugong in the mainland's mangroves or getting up close with the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark.

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