​Overview – Marromeu NR

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.

Marromeu National Reserve (also known as Marromeu Buffalo Reserve) was established in colonial times to protect one of the densest buffalo populations in the world. Unfortunately, wildlife numbers have dwindled dramatically since then, but conservation efforts are in place to restore this beautiful ecosystem. The birdlife is fantastic and Marromeu supports the densest waterbird population in Mozambique. A highlight is seeing the many breeding pairs of wattled cranes. There are currently no tourist facilities, but self-sufficient visitors with a 4x4 vehicle can explore this underdeveloped reserve.

 
Best Time To Go June to October (Road conditions are better)
High Season Never (Little-visited reserve)
Size 1,500km² / 579mi²
Altitude 11m / 36ft

Pros & Cons

  • Off-the-beaten-track destination
  • Excellent birding
  • There is little wildlife
  • Poaching is an ongoing problem
  • There are no accommodations, only basic campsites

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Wildlife

Wildlife numbers in Marromeu were depleted by a change in ecology when several dams were built along the Zambezi River, which reduced the natural flooding of the land. The civil war also took its toll, as it did on all the reserves in Mozambique. Wildlife numbers are slowly increasing in the area though, and animals present include buffalo, elephant, zebra, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, waterbuck and sable. There are small numbers of leopards and lions, and cheetahs were recently reintroduced as well.

Scenery

The reserve is located on the southern side of the Zambezi Delta where the Zambezi River flows into the Indian Ocean. The terrain mostly consists of grassland and seasonal swamps crossed by numerous rivers and streams.

Activities

There are currently no formal activities on offer in Marromeu. Self-sufficient visitors can explore the reserve independently, but for a small fee you can probably get a ranger to come along. It might also be worth inquiring about a walking safari.

Weather & Climate

The weather and climate of Marromeu is comparable to that of Mozambique in general. More info:

Best Time To Visit

Marromeu 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, but this is when the birdlife in the swamps will be best.

Getting There

Marromeu is a self-drive destination, accessible by 4x4 vehicle only. Even in a 4x4, it is not advisable to go there in the rainy season (from November to April and into May) as the roads can deteriorate badly. The reserve is about 450km/280mi from Beira and the drive takes around 8 hours*.
*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

Health & Safety

Please read our malaria and vaccinations page for Mozambique and our general ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ for more info:

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