Wildlife & Animals – Maputo NP
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.
Elephants are the only confirmed residents from the Big Five. Predators are scarce but several cheetahs were recently reintroduced. The most common antelope is reedbuck, which likes the open grassland habitat, but also look out for nyala, duiker, greater kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, impala and steenbok.
An ocean safari is one of the highlights in Maputo National Park. Dolphins and turtles are seen frequently and lucky visitors might also see whale sharks or manta rays. From July to November, humpback whales can also be spotted during their annual migration. From late October to late January, both loggerhead and leatherback turtles nest on the beaches. The hatchlings emerge from December through to late March.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The Dry season from May to October is the best time for wildlife viewing in Maputo National Park. Wildlife is easier to spot at that time because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around the lakes and other permanent water sources.
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