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Mozambique Safari Tours
Mozambique - Compared to other Southern African countries, Mozambique has lower numbers of wildlife. This is due to Mozambique’s civil upheaval - during which a large-scale organised poaching movement systematically removed almost all the big game from the bush. Mozambicans were therefore unfortunately reduced to hunter-gatherer status and in some areas even locusts and ants were harvested almost to extinction... Birdlife has recovered to some extent but only the most remote areas offer the chance to view African wildlife, including the Big Five – but it must be on foot and with experienced guides.
Maputo Elephant Reserve is home to about 400 elephants, which migrate between South Africa and Mozambique. The birdlife is varied and abundant and the infrastructure is minimal with poor roads. Camping is an option at either Ponta Milibangalala or Ponta Dobela - and always remember that the water in the wells there needs to be purified before drinking.
Reserva do Niassa is a remote area that has provided refuge to around 12,000 elephants and the last of Mozambique's buffalo, sable and roan herds. Independent visitors are not encouraged to visit here as this area is currently being redeveloped however, it is possible and advisable to go into this area with a game guard ranger. The nearby Jurege River proves excellent game viewing (though it is dry from June to December).
Although the Bazaruto Archipelago consists of five islands (in size order: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue), only Bazaruto and surrounding reefs are officially within a National Park. These waters are home to over 80% of all marine fish families of the Indo-Pacific. Resident Minke and Southern right whales are plentiful in this area, alongside the common spinner and bottlenose dolphins and the highly-threatened dugong - this is a wonderful area not to be missed.
History & Background: Mozambique was developed as a coastal trading port between Africa, the Middle East and India - mainly for gold, ivory and slaves. The Portuguese colonised Mozambique and by the time of the independence in 1975 , the country was in a bad state - followed by a terrible civil war. This coupled with the fact that the country is prone to periodic natural disasters, has contributed to Mozambique being one of the poorest countries in the world... In the last five years Mozambique has experienced a vast economic recovery due to the returning of some Portuguese to the region, as well as, South African investors and tourists that help to build the economy.
Scheduled and Tailor–Made Safaris: Mozambique is the premier beach and island safari destination in Southern Africa. Below you will find numerous small group (maximum of 10 clients) safaris that Jenman African Safaris runs in and around Mozambique... You can join one of our scheduled camping or lodge safaris or if you’d like, one of our experienced travel consultants can tailor–make a private safari to meet your departure date, time period, group size and budget. A great option is to fly into Mozambique on one of our beach packages from Johannesburg.
Best Time to travel: Mozambique is the ideal beach, island and diving getaway. In the Winter months from April to October the temperatures are cool and the weather is dry. The summer months are from November to March with hot temperatures and afternoon rain showers. Diving in Mozambique has to be one of the world’s best kept secrets. Garth Jenman, who has dived in many areas around the world including Australia’s barrier reef, South East Asia and even the Cayman islands says that the diving in Mozambique is far superior, simply because it has more big game fish than all these other places combined! You can view Humpbacked whales from April to October, whale sharks from October to April and Manta Rays and turtles throughout the year. Conditions for diving are as follows: June to August the weather is warm and dry and the sea is calm, September to November can be windy and the sea choppy, December to February can be rainy and the sea can be choppy or even calm at times and then March to May the air temperatures are cooler with little wind and thus the sea conditions are usually calm. If you want to view game in the Mozambique parks the best time is from April through to October.
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- Area: 801 590km²
- Capital: Maputo
- Currency: Metical
- Climate: The climate is tropical & humid. The rainy season is in summer with hot temperatures and afternoon rains from November to March and the winters are mild with cool sea breezes from April through to October.
- People: African (99%, including Shangaan, Chokwe, Manyika)
- Official language: Portuguese
- Time: GMT plus two hours