Skip to main content Skip to main content

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

Popular Videos

Venison Cheeseburger Bites Recipe

Venison Cheeseburger Bites Recipe

If you're tired of the same old jalapeno and cream cheese poppers, here's a completely different take on the popular party appetizer. Easy to make, and incredibly delicious, these mini cheeseburgers, wrapped in bacon, make the perfect one-bite-fits-all snack for your next tailgate party or hunting camp.

New for 2021: Burris Oracle X Range-Finding Crossbow Scope

New for 2021: Burris Oracle X Range-Finding Crossbow Scope

The Burris Oracle X is the first and most advanced range-finding crossbow scope on the market, building on the company's long successes with range-finding optics like the Eliminator riflescope.

Venison Pastrami Recipe

Venison Pastrami Recipe

Skip the deli and make your own pastrami from whitetails, mule deer, elk or other cuts of venison. The process is simple, though it does take some time for the meat to brine and smoke. This technique also works great with goose or ducks breasts as well.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Petersen's Hunting App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

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

Get the top Petersen's Hunting stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

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 and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now