4 Great Options for a First Safari: Mozambique

4 Great Options for a First Safari: Mozambique

Just a few years ago, I wouldn't have offered up Mozambique as a first safari option, but Africa can change quickly€¦and Mozambique's game has proven marvelously resilient. Her long civil war was extremely hard on wildlife — some areas are still recovering, and some never will — but areas that were opened up in the late '80s and early '90s, as hostilities were winding down, have now been nurtured and protected for more than 20 years, and the game has responded.

Mozambique is not the manicured game ranches you might see in Namibia or South Africa. It's tough country where you'll work for every opportunity — but it's the real Africa and, with the possible exception of Zimbabwe's large conservancies, offers the best opportunity for a buffalo and plains game safari at affordable prices.

The buffalo count in and around the Marromeu Reserve near the Zambezi mouth is now 20,000 and growing, one of the greatest concentrations of buffalo on the continent. Buffalo are also coming back nicely along the Zambezi and in the far north. Hunting concessions are huge, quotas are reasonable, and trophy fees are very acceptable.

I don't recommend a seven-day buffalo hunt anywhere; catch late rains, a dry year, or a bit of bad luck, and you'll be grateful you have 10 days. But on a 10-day hunt in Mozambique, you should take your buffalo along with a reasonable selection of plains game. Sable are more available and less expensive than anywhere else in Africa, waterbuck grow huge, and nyala are plentiful. "Common game" includes reedbuck, bushbuck, warthog, bushpig, and more.


There are probably two drawbacks to a Mozambique safari. First, the combination that first-time hunters often want most is buffalo plus kudu. Mozambique produces huge kudu, but overall numbers are not high, and kudu are not present at all in some of the coastal areas. Second, a charter flight is required to reach most hunting areas. This will add somewhat to the cost.


Plains Game

While a plains game safari is a wonderful experience, adding a buffalo gives you one of the best experiences Africa has to offer. There is good buffalo hunting in numerous countries, but for a first safari that includes buffalo and plains game, yet remains affordable, I believe there to be just two viable options — Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Is That a Grizzly Bear?

Is That a Grizzly Bear?

Kevin Steele and Jason Morton are above the Arctic Circle pursuing grizzly bears in Alaska and put a stalk on what they believe is a good one.

B&C Typical Mule Deer

B&C Typical Mule Deer

Doug Burris Jr's typical mule deer taken in 1969, could just be one record that will never be broken.

Hunting Coues Deer South of the Border

Hunting Coues Deer South of the Border

Former Delta Force Operator Kyle Lamb hikes the rugged desert mountains of northern Sonora in pursuit of the diminutive Coues species of whitetail.

Whitetail Shot Placement

Whitetail Shot Placement

Craig Boddington breaks down where hunters should aim for the best penetration of the vitals on a whitetail deer.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Mossberg's accurate Patriot Predator is the most affordable way to harness the power of the 6.5 PRC. Guns

Mossberg Patriot Predator 6.5 PRC: Rifle Review

Brad Fitzpatrick - June 26, 2020

Mossberg's accurate Patriot Predator is the most affordable way to harness the power of the...

We evaluate the 6.5 in a real-life case study. Ammo

Is The 6.5 The Perfect Hunting Caliber?

Mike Schoby

We evaluate the 6.5 in a real-life case study.

Perfection takes practice, a little skill and the understanding that not all steaks are created equal. Recipes

How to Properly Grill Venison Steak

Hank Shaw

Perfection takes practice, a little skill and the understanding that not all steaks are...

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians. News

The Ticks Making Hunters Allergic to Meat

David Hart

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians.

See More Trending Articles

More Worldwide

Modern humans love statistics, and we hunters are as bad as anyone. We attach importance to certain Worldwide

Boddington: Hunting the World's Big Bears

Craig Boddington - November 13, 2013

Modern humans love statistics, and we hunters are as bad as anyone. We attach importance to...

Kyle Lamb is hunting kudu and zebra in Namibia and he's doing it the hard way -- Worldwide

Hunting Kudu and Zebra in Namibia

PHTV Adventures - March 26, 2016

Kyle Lamb is hunting kudu and zebra in Namibia and he's doing it the hard way --

New Zealand's hunting claim to fame comes from stags and tahr but hunting small game in New Zealand Worldwide

Hunting Small Game in New Zealand

PHTV Adventures - June 27, 2015

New Zealand's hunting claim to fame comes from stags and tahr but hunting small game in New...

Kevin Steele visits a red stag trophy room in New Zealand and then sets out to hunt one for himself. Worldwide

Trophy Red Stags

PHTV Adventures - June 26, 2015

Kevin Steele visits a red stag trophy room in New Zealand and then sets out to hunt one for...

See More Worldwide

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now