​Wildlife & Animals – Mozambique

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.

Mozambique isn’t a prime safari destination. The parks’ infrastructures and facilities are limited, but animal numbers are on the increase. Most excitingly is the recent reintroduction of both black and white rhino in Zinave National Park, now home to all of the Big Five. Gorongosa National Park offers the best all-round classic safari with a good chance of seeing elephant, lion and a variety of antelope, including the majestic sable.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantOccasional
GiraffeOccasional
HippoOccasional
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraOccasional
LionRare
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

The Mozambican coast is home to some of the healthiest coral ecosystems in the world. The reefs are teeming with colorful fish. Humpback whales migrate through these waters and several types of dolphin are around throughout the year. There are five types of turtle, and the Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the last strongholds on the East African coast for the mysterious dugong.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best months for classic wildlife viewing are from July to October, during the middle and end of the Dry season. This is when water is scarce and animals gather around waterholes and rivers. The bush is also less dense, which makes it easier to spot animals. Some roads might become impassable during the Wet season (November to April). The wettest months are December, January and February, and the south of the country sometimes has heavy flooding at this time. Other activities such as ocean safaris, snorkeling and diving can usually be done throughout the year, although the water is mostly clear and calm with the best visibility from April to June and September to November.

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Recommended Wildlife Books

  • Stuarts' Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa
    Chris Stuart and Mathilde Stuart
  • Stuarts' SA Mammals (app)
    Chris Stuart and Mathilde Stuart
  • The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals (book and app)
    Jonathan Kingdon
  • Tracker Manual: A Practical Guide to Animal Tracking in Southern Africa
    Alex van den Heever, Renias Mhlongo and Karel Benadie

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