Overview – Banhine NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

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.

 
Best Time to Go June to October (Better road conditions)
High Season Never (Little-visited park)
Size 7,000km² / 2,703mi²
Altitude 67-113m / 220-371ft

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

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Wildlife

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.

Scenery

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.

Getting There

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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