Wildlife & Animals – Maputo SR

Philip Briggs
Expert
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.

Elephants are the only confirmed residents from the Big Five. The most common antelope is reedbuck, which likes the open grassland habitat. Nyala and duiker are quite common as well. Other animals to look out for are greater kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, impala and steenbok. Leopard might be present, but the predator you’re most likely to spot is the side-striped jackal.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeOccasional
HippoCommon
ZebraCommon
LionNone
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaNone

Wildlife Highlights

An ocean safari is one of the highlights in Maputo Special Reserve. 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 Special Reserve. 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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