Mozambique is something of a late comer to the modern safari industry. There was no safari hunting to speak of in Mozambique during the brutal civil war that began when the country received independence from Portugal in 1975 and finally ended in 1992.
However, Mozambique has done a great job of rebuilding the once outstanding safari industry that existed before the war. Today, Mozambique has thriving, and still improving, wildlife populations available for hunting all over the country.
Mozambique is slightly smaller than Namibia and is located on the southeast coast of Africa. The country is bordered by Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and South Africa and Swaziland to the south and southwest. Comoros and Madagascar are located just off the east coast of Mozambique in the Indian Ocean. Due to the fact that Mozambique was a Portuguese colony for over 400 years, Portuguese is the official language and is spoken by the majority of the population. Swahili is another common language spoken there.
Mozambique is famous for nyala, sable antelope, leopard, lion and big elephants. In the north, the hunting is virtually indistinguishable from hunting in neighboring Tanzania.
With a population estimated at over 50,000 buffalo, Mozambique’s buffalo numbers are particularly healthy. Indeed, only Tanzania has more. The country also offers great hunting for crocodile and hippopotamus in multiple locations, but especially in the Limpopo and Zambezi River valleys.
- The vast Nyasa Reserve is the largest game reserve in the country, at nearly 20,000 square miles. It is surrounded by hunting concessions (coutadas) where lion, leopard, elephant & buffalo are numerous.
- Further south the mighty Luganda River supports additional hunting concessions, where buffalo, sable, kudu, Nyasa wildebeest and leopard are common.
- The primary hunting areas in the famous Zambezi Delta, now boast the largest herds of Cape buffalo in southern Africa today, as well as high populations of sable, as well as nyala, waterbuck, kudu, bushbuck and reedbuck.
- The thick sand forest of the Delta is the best place in Africa to take a suni, both blue and red duikers, and it also has extraordinary warthogs. The areas along the boundary of the famous Kruger Park in neighboring South Africa were hard hit by the ravages of the civil war, but plains game numbers are increasing and buffalo numbers are improving.