Mozambique, or Portuguese East Africa as it was once referred to, was a very popular safari destination for hunters seeking the classic big game hunting safaris prior to the 1970’s. Although it was not as popular as countries like Tanzania and Kenya, the big game safari outfitting industry really only reached Mozambique in the late 1950’s. It was the stomping grounds for famous professional hunters like Philip Percival and reknown ivory hunter Wally Johnson.Civil war broke out in Mozambique in the 1970’s and the safari hunting industry collapsed for nearly 20 years. When the two factions called for an end to the hostilities in the early 1990’s the once popular safari destination slowly began to rebuild itself into one of Africa’s premiere big game hunting destinations. Today there are several great hunting opportunities for full bag safaris throughout many of the different regions of Mozambique.
There are nine official hunting concessions in Mozambique which are known as coutadas. In addition to these concessions there are also 8 hunting blocks around the Niassa Game Reserve, and severn different community areasss found around Lake Cabora Bassa and the Zambezi Delta. The different hunting blocks offer a variety of game including lion, leopard, cape buffalo, elephant, hippo, crocodile, and many other species of plains game, although not all in the same area. Certain hunting areas are known to produce better trophies for one particular specie or another, and it is crucial that you work with an honest, licensed Mozambique safari concessionaire.
The Mozambique safari hunting season runs from the end of May thru the end of November.
Hunting Areas, Prices, Game Available, Conditions
We work with two primary safari outfitters in Mozambique- Kambako Safaris and African Classic Safaris.
A little known place to most adventurers, and isolated until the late 1990’s, Kambako is set to become a wilderness of unbelievable memories, sought after, perhaps by a hunter like yourself. One that has always hoped the old Africa, experienced by early safari pioneers, still remains somewhere, just as wild. Kambako is that wilderness, one that is as close to old Africa, as exists today. Kambako Safaris has been operated in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique for 9 years. Over a year ago it was transferred to new owners, owners who take conservation and wildlife management seriously. Kambako’s management has taken it upon themselves to elevate Kambako’s Block B and the adjoining Coutada to a higher level of game management and big game safari services.
This in turn gives the customer what can only be described as an incredible “back in the days” type of experience. Large numbers of trophy animals, vast unsettled virgin land, and ample stalking opportunities create a “remote out there kind of place”. Kambako will give you what you’ve dreamed it used to be like.
Kambako has been hunted very little compared to the size and scope of the property. Stretching out over more than 3000 square kilometers, the property encompasses mountain ranges, river valleys, and miombo woodlands, mixed with grassland savannahs.
Kambako Safaris is made up of adjoining leases totaling 3000 sq km. Block B and our Coutada leases border the Niassa Reserve along the Lugenda River. Being situated in the northern most part of Mozambique we are 200 km south of Selous Reserve in Tanzania.
The Niassa Reserve which totals 42,000 sq. km., created private buffer zones around the reserve, of which Kambako is one. These zones operated by private investors assume the responsibility to preserve and enhance the flora and fauna of the area and help keep the human footprint to a minimum, thus preserving the natural environment of the reserve.
Kambako is home to the African big 4, including a large population of mature elephant, as well as, rare species including: Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Niassa Wildebeest, Suni, Roosevelt’s Sable, Johnson’s Impala, and Red Duiker.
Kambako Safaris has eastern and western safari camps each featuring private bungalows with mattressed beds, flushing toilets, showers, hot and cold running water, and generator powered lighting. A full compliment of camp staff exist at each to provide hot meals, daily laundry, and client services. The larger Lugenda camp is situated on a high bank above the Lugenda River its lounge/dining hall facing the western sunsets and Niassa Reserve. The eastern Coutada camp is nestled on the canopied banks of the Namaho River surrounded by dense bush and abundant wildlife noises.
Though it is remote, Kambako has the necessary equipment and personnel to cater to any needs our hunters may have. An extensive fleet of modern fully equipped 4 x 4 land cruiser vehicles; a 4×4 5 ton supply truck along with HF radio links, satellite telephone, email, and charter plane access are all provided to ensure adequate transportation and constant communication coverage.
There are several different options to reach Kambako and the most efficient route is for clients to arrive and depart through Pemba, Mozambique, which is serviced by a commercial jet service from Johannesburg, SA via Maputo, Mozambique daily. Should conditions dictate there are other options, Lilongwe in Malawi, Harare in Zimbabwe and Dar-res- Salaam in Tanzania that can be arranged. Please request your local travel agent to assist you with your travel and accommodation arrangements prior to and after the contracted period.
Clients can overnight in Pemba, or if daylight permits, fly directly from Pemba to camp with an air charter company. These bookings can be done through Kambako.
Customs, visas and insurance: Customs clearance is operative at your port of entry into South Africa and Mozambique. You must have a passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond intended date of departure from Mozambique and have 2 blank pages in your passport.
All non-Mozambique citizens MUST have a visa. Please ensure that your visa is valid at least a week before and a week after the contracted period. Visa applications can be made to Mozambique Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates in your home country or through Travel Document Systems. Please apply well in advance. The following is required for such application:
- Official Application form;
- Two passport photos;
- Valid passport;
- Return or onward ticket or flight confirmation slip;
- Fee payable in cash or cheque to Mozambique High Commission;
Hunting safari days commence the morning after arrival in camp and terminate on the evening before departure. Traveling days are not considered safari days. Some exceptions may occur due to method of travel and client time availability.
Any hotel accommodations before, during or after the safari are payable by the client
Mozambique Hunting Regulations
The hunting season runs from the beginning of June to the end of November. Each hunting client must send well in advance 6 passport photos, personal details (certified copies of passport) and species desired to our office. Please see details under – “CLIENT INFORMATION SHEET”. The Wildlife Department then issues a hunting licence with the hunter’s photo attached and the species requested. Non – Mozambiquican residents must be accompanied by a licensed Mozambique guide and carry their licensees whilst in the field. The guide (professional hunter) shall advise the client of local wildlife laws and ensure the legality of the hunt.
Arms and ammunition: An import/export permit is required for South Africa, as well as Mozambique. Two rifles and one shotgun are allowed into the country with a maximum of 100 rounds of weapon specific ammunition each. No permits are required for bows. Soft bags are preferred, especially if clients are making use of aircharters. South African import/export permits are available upon arrival at no charge. Application for import/export permits of firearms into Mozambique must be applied for by Kambako at least 60 days prior to the commencement of the safari and will be available upon entry into Mozambique. Firearms entering Mozambique without a valid permit, will be confiscated. No hunt may take place without valid rifle permits, trophy licences and hunting cards accompanying the hunting party. A minimum of a .375 H&H Magnum is required by law for dangerous game. No handguns, semi automatic or military style firearms are permitted.
As there are not any taxidermists or accredited trophy handling agents yet in Mozambique, Kambako shall undertake to handle trophy shipments from Mozambique to destinations of the clients requests, (conforming with local laws) via South Africa. Fumigation, dipping and packing will be carried out, with Government Veterinary certificates issued. Charges for this are outlined in the general price list.
Cites (Convention in Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora)
Whilst Kambako guarantees that all animals offered are covered by local and international quotas and are legal to harvest in Mozambique, the same cannot be guaranteed world wide as each country has its own import laws. This applies to CITES and the signatory countries. Kambako shall provide local permits for game animals, CITES appendix ii (lion, hippo and baboon) international export permits. Before a CITES I export permit can be issued from Mozambique, (leopard), we need to have a CITES I import permit from the country to where it is going.
While primarily a big game area, there is an abundance of plains game.
Among the more common plains game Kambako is also blessed with a variety of game animals that are considered rare trophies in most parts of Africa.
- Boehm’s zebra: Equus burchelli boehmi
- Red duiker – Cepholophus natalensis
- Niassa Wildebeest – Connochaetes taurinus johnstoni
- Suni- Neotragus moschatus moschatus
- Roosevelt’s Sable- Hippotragus niger rooseveltien
- Lichestein Hartebeest- Sigmoceros lichtensteinii
In conjunction with the Niassa Reserve, conservation of the land is a prime focus of Kambako. With minimal interference to the land, biodiversity will be maintained and enhanced through a proactive adaptive management plan. With this plan, Kambako will be prepared to deal with ecological uncertainties. By integrating the government, local community, managers, and other stakeholders, we can translate our policy into achievable goals. Partnerships with all stakeholders help in the conservation efforts and biodiversity is enhanced. Educating the local community on the benefits of these resources will be a main focus of the conservation effort. We believe that participation in a community is essential for developing a good relationship within a societal system.
History and Description
Almost five centuries as a Portuguese colony came to a close with independence in 1975. Large-scale emigration by whites, economic dependence on South Africa, a severe drought, and a prolonged civil war hindered the country’s development. The ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) party formally abandoned Marxism in 1989, and a new constitution the following year provided for multiparty elections and a free market economy. A UN-negotiated peace agreement between FRELIMO and rebel Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) forces ended the fighting in 1992. In December 2004, Mozambique underwent a delicate transition as Joaquim CHISSANO stepped down after 18 years in office. His newly elected successor, Armando Emilio GUEBUZA, has promised to continue the sound economic policies that have encouraged foreign investment.
Location:Southeastern Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania
Area:total: 801,590 sq km, slightly less than twice the size of California
Border Countries:Malawi 1,569 km, South Africa 491 km, Swaziland 105 km, Tanzania 756 km, Zambia 419 km, Zimbabwe 1,231 km
Climate:tropical to subtropical
Terrain:mostly coastal lowlands, uplands in center, high plateaus in northwest, mountains in west