I’m excited to now offer land and aquatic safaris in Mozambique, just south of Tanzania on the East African coast. Mozambique has a rich history. For centuries it has been a significant trading post, especially for gold and, at one time, ivory. A long Portuguese rule ended in 1975, and after a few rough years it transformed into a stable democracy with a modern economy. Mozambique remains little explored by travelers; its spectacular natural treasures may be the world’s best-kept secret.
Among these treasures is Niassa National Reserve, one of the last vestiges of the wildness that characterized the African interior centuries ago. Niassa National Reserve is truly a wildlife paradise, providing refuge for more than 200 endangered Cape hunting dogs (African wild dogs), as well as other predators such as lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. The wildlife remains free and unfettered, with an estimated 12,000 elephants, 9,000 sable antelopes and several thousand Cape buffalos. Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, elands, zebras kudus, bushbucks, impalas, wildebeests, waterbucks, and reedbucks roam the plains against a backdrop of towering inselbergs (stone outcrops that form isolated hills). Three sub-species – the Niassa wildebeest, Boehm’s zebra and Johnston’s impala – are endemic to the Niassa area. Hippos can be seen in the river, and birders have listed more than 400 bird species.
While never densely populated, the region has been inhabited for thousands of years, and many of the communities living in the reserve rely on traditional skills such as iron smelting, fishing and honey gathering. Visiting these communities is a wonderful way to learn more about the country’s culture and unique ecosystem.
In a future blog post, I’ll tell you about the amazing opportunities for aquatic safaris and cultural tourism on Mozambique’s coast. Until then, feel free to contact me for help planning your next safari!