Overview – Banhine NP
There are plans to incorporate this remote national park into the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP). However, currently the park has little to no infrastructure for tourists. Heavy poaching has depleted the wildlife and most large animals have become locally extinct. The north has beautiful wetland areas and offers spectacular birding. Of specific interest is the high concentration of the endangered wattled crane. Unfortunately, the wetland area is hard to reach in the rainy season, when the birding is at its best.
Pros & Cons
- Off-the-beaten-track destination
- Beautiful scenery
- Excellent birding
- There is very little wildlife
- Poaching is an ongoing problem
- There is no formal accommodation (it might be possible to stay at a research camp)
- Remote and undeveloped
There is little wildlife left in Banhine. Elephants, zebra, eland and giraffe have become extinct. Results of an aerial survey in 2004 showed that the park had healthy populations of ostrich, impala, greater kudu, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, oribi, porcupine and warthog. Predators such as leopard, serval, spotted hyena and even cheetah might still be found in small numbers.
The scenery of this little-known park is quite spectacular. When the park was thriving in the 1970s, it was commonly referred to as the Serengeti of Mozambique because of its open grassy plains and big herds. Seasonal wetlands in the north of the park are fed by the Changane River.
Weather & Climate
The weather and climate of Banhine is comparable to that of Mozambique in general. More info:
Best Time to Visit
Banhine is best visited in the dry winter months from June to October. The roads might be very difficult to navigate in the wet summer months.
The park is located northeast of Limpopo National Park. The distance from Maputo is about 800km/500mi. Access to the park is by 4x4 only. Even in a 4x4 it is not advised to visit the park in the rainy season, from November to May, as the roads deteriorate badly in the rains.
Health & Safety
For more information on safety in Mozambique, please read our pages on vaccinations, malaria and wildlife viewing:
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