Mozambique Hunting Safaris

Mozambique Hunting Safaris Overview

Mozambique hunting can offer some unique and varied hunting experiences. Located on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique faces the island of Madagascar and is bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Swaziland. The Mozambique hunting areas comprise a large portion of the country. The habitat in these areas consist largely of green savanna, forest glades and some dense forest which can make Mozambique hunting quite challenging at times. The best hunting can be found in the more remote areas of the country near the borders of Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The large game reserves of these countries help to contribute to the larger animal populations found there.

If you are interested in Mozambique hunting for the regal sable antelope, you are in luck. The sable can be found in virtually all of the hunting areas. In fact, nearly all of the antelope species can be found here, including nyala, Cape eland, greater kudu, Liechtenstein’s hartebeest and Chobe bushbuck, just to name a few. If you are Mozambique hunting for lion, this is conducted by calling or tracking rather than baiting, as is popular in many other countries in Southern Africa. Leopard are abundant in many areas of the north and west, while Cape buffalo can be found in most areas.

Hunting Mozambique for crocodile can be a real challenge for the marksman, as shot placement must be very precise. The croc can be found in abundance in the Zambezi River and Lake Cahora Bassa region. Where the croc is found, so is the great “Water Horse”. Hippo hunting, both on land and in water, can certainly be challenging. Hunting elephant is legal and the highest populations are to be found in the north and west. If hunting Mozambique for elephant, plan to do a great bit of walking. As they say:

Elephant are hunted with the feet.

Safari Information

Mozambique defines two categories of land where hunting is permitted: hunting concessions known also as “coutadas” and game ranches or specific conservation areas. Hunting areas in Mozambique are open territories, that are not fenced allowing game to freely roam in and out of these hunting areas.

The best hunting in Mozambique is found in the more remote areas of the north near Tanzania and in the west, not far from Zimbabwe, Tete Province which holds the famous Cahora Bassa dam and sister dam to Kariba on the mighty Zambezi River. These major hunting countries and the neighbouring reserves or parks, such as Nyasa, ensure larger animal populations and diversity for Mozambique. Shrub savannah, dry savannah and dense forests form the habitat of these zones.

A typical hunt begins with a 4×4 vehicle drive from the camps, once in the bush we disembark from the vehicles and tracking on foot begins. Sometimes tracking can take place directly from the camps if there has been movement nearby overnight our skilled trackers and game scouts will pass on this vital information in the morning. Most of the terrain is flat but the hunts are still physically demanding.

Leopard Rock Outfitters hunting concession is situated within the famous Niassa Game Reserve. The concession offers breathtaking scenery and truly wild experience that is unsurpassed in South-Eastern Africa. The area itself incorporates a large proportion of the Southern part of Niassa Game Reserve offering some of Mozambique’s premier dangerous and plains game hunting.

To travel to the concession you have many different options to reach us. below we have listed in detail how to get to us International flights:
From your original destination, fly to Maputo (Mozambique capital)

Internal flights within Mozambique:
Flight from Maputo to Lichinga (Niassa Province capital)
Direct flights available 6 times a week from Maputo to Lichinga with LAM – Mozambique airlines.
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From Lichinga to camp:
Fully equipped 4×4 transportation, approx. 7 hours drive, no extra cost included. Each car with capacity for 3 clients passengers. Non alcoholic beverages and snacks available during the trip.
Rental 4×4 car available for more passengers upon price quotation
Flight charter from Lichinga or Nampula airport in light aircraft to our main camp, approx. 1-2 hours flight; price quotation upon request.We can charter straight into the concession with light aircraft, Cessna 182, Cessna caravan, etc. The concession is approximately 460 000 hectares with no fences.
Africa as she was, wild, free and truly spectacular!

Mozambique Hunting Season

  • Hunting Season: April 1st to October 31st.
  • Trophy hunting may take place within the hours of daylight during the hunting season.
  • Hunting is allowed at night with artificial light but only for the following species: Lion, Leopard, Crocodile and Bush pig.
  • Hunting of female, young and/or immature animals is prohibited.
  • All animals are subject to quota availability.
  • Hunting from a vehicle is not permitted, though the vehicle can be used to reach the area from where hunting on foot will take place.
  • Shooting an animal from a vehicle is not permitted; a person actually needs to be 200 yards (183 meters) away from a vehicle to shoot an animal with the exception of hunting Crocodile from a boat.
  • Bow hunting is permitted.

About Mozambique

  • Republic of Mozambique (Republica de Mocambique)
  • Population 21,400,000
  • Capital City Maputo (1,300,000)
  • Languages Portuguese (official), Emakhuwa, Xichangana, Elomwe, Cisena, Echuwabo and numerous tribal dialects.
  • Official Currency Mozambican Metical (MZN).
  • Electricity standard is 220/240 volts
  • Country Dialling Code +258

Mozambique is located on Eastern coast of Southern Africa, facing the Indian Ocean and the island of Madagascar. It shares borders with Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. 

Mozambiques hunting areas comprise a large portion of the entire country. Hunting regions are found in central Mozambique near Beira the second largest city, as well as in the north and west, near the borders of Tanzania and Zimbabwe respectively.

The hunting areas near Beira were those most hard hit by the civil war and today bear the scars of the turmoil. Poaching was particularly rampant in this region during the war and the animal populations suffered enormously. In these areas, animal densities are very uneven, especially in comparison with most other African countries. The habitat consists of green savannah, forest glades and dense forests which makes hunting very difficult.

Climate in Mozambique

  • The climate varies in the different regions of the country, but generally the inland areas are slightly cooler, although more humid than along the coast in the rainy season. Winter is the dry season lasting from April to September, and is the best time to visit the country.
  • The southern parts of the country are generally drier and less tropical than the north, with temperatures along the coast averaging 80°F (27°C).
  • The rainy season coincides with the heat and humidity from October to March, with average coastal temperatures of 88°F (31°C).
  • The average annual rainfall is greatest (about 142cm / 56in) over the western hills and the central areas, and lowest (30cm / 12in) in the southwest.

Rifles & Calibres

In this section, we would like to offer some useful information on the various rifle calibres that will complement the animals that you plan to pursue on your hunting safari. A basic list of items that we recommend bringing along on your hunting safari is also provided.

SUGGESTED RIFLES & CALIBRES

This can become a heated debate indeed. The general rule applies in this case where we suggest that you bring the rifle(s) you are most comfortable with. It is important to spend time on the shooting range before your African hunt commences. You will sight-in your rifles prior to commencing the hunt. However, you must be familiar with your rifle.

  • There is no minimum calibre requirement for rifle hunting in Mozambique although we suggest, based on experience, minimum calibres .30-06 and larger for plains game, .375 H&H and larger for Buffalo and Sable, .416 and larger for Elephant and Hippopotamus.
  • Remember the cleaning equipment!

What to Bring

Suggestions on equipment and what else to pack for your hunting safari in Africa.

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS

  • Raincoat
  • Odorless sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 20
  • A good hat
  • Three sets of hunting clothes, khaki or camo (NO camo when hunting Mozambique)
  • A thick jacket, as it gets cold during winter evenings
  • Gloves, and possibly a small scarf
  • Two pairs of well-worn and comfortable walking boots with thick socks
  • Personal medication
  • A good camera and enough film/memory sticks
  • Camcorders are welcome and remember battery recharge equipment
  • Rifle and cleaning equipment (no semi-automatic rifles are allowed into the country)
  • Ammunition
  • Binoculars
  • If you are so inclined to keep a diary of your hunting exploits, bring it along
  • If hunting during our summer months (September – April), insect repellent is advised
  • We make use of 220 V electrical power supply so, if necessary, please remember your converter

Lastly, some of the questions which are most frequently asked have been answered on the FAQ page. If any of the information is unclear or if we can provide you with a more detailed explanation, please use the form provided on the contact page to send us your queries.

Permits and Importation of Firearms and Ammunition into Mozambique

The following section contains the basic information that you need to know. Important guidelines and paperwork are involved when it comes to the temporary importation of your rifles to Southern Africa..

  • Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Mozambique is NOT free of charge; please check with us as to the current charges, as they are based upon number of rifles, days of hunt and type of hunting safari. The process is usually quick and easy.
  • We will send you a form to fill out and return to Customs so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the Ministry of Interior of the Government of Mozambique. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide, so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, since you will not be able to make alterations after submission of the form. It is very important that all weapons’ serial numbers are exactly the same when you arrive as what is issued on your import/export permit.
  • The exact number of ammunition is also important. – There is a limit of four firearms per hunter that may be imported into Mozambique for trophy hunting purposes. However if travelling through South Africa a maximum of two firearms are allowed even if you are just in transit.
  • A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, two hundred (200) shells of ammunition per shotgun and fifty (50) rounds of ammunition per handgun, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are travelling with so please check their policies.
  • Only ammunition for the specific calibre(s) you are bringing may be imported.
  • No automatic, semi-automatic firearms are allowed. Semi-automatic shotguns are allowed.
  • No weapons which fall under military categories such as .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO); please check with us if you have a questionable calibre.
  • Handguns are allowed for hunting purposes. A special permit which we must apply for prior to the start of the hunt can be requested with the Ministry of Interior. This special handgun permit comes at a cost.

Mozambique Hunting Permits and Licenses

The Wildlife Department and the Government of Mozambique allocate quotas by species to each hunting concession.

Your hunting license and permit will be applied for and obtained by Leopard Rock Outfitters prior to your arrival.


The following is required regarding permits for trophy hunting in Mozambique:

  • Clients are only permitted to hunt animals for which a license is issued.
  • All animals are subject to quota availability.
  • Permits must be issued prior to the hunt commencing.
  • A separate permit must be issued for each individual hunting client.
  • A licensed and registered professional hunter in Mozambique must conduct all hunting.
  • The hunting party must be in possession of all the hunting licenses at all times while hunting.
  • Problem Animal Control hunts, also known as PAC hunts, in Mozambique are prohibited.
  • Clients are expected to abide by all Wildlife Hunting Regulations in Mozambique.

Traveller’s Health & Immunizations

There are a few medical considerations to take into account when traveling to Southern Africa and especially Northern Mozambique.  Preventative measures against malaria and vaccinations that are recommended to be up to date along with any other medical precautions should first be discussed with your personal physician.

Considerations to take into account before traveling to Southern Africa.

Leopard Rock Outfitters is not able to provide you with professional medical advice. We suggest that you consult your personal physician or contact a doctor in your country who is able to offer medical advice and who can prescribe any medication should they deem it necessary. 

We do, however, recommend that you take the following into consideration:

MALARIA

This is a Malaria area. Please take precautions. Malaria prophylactic medication is highly recommended and should be considered as mandatory. Insect repellent is strongly advisable during the warmer months. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is compulsory.

We do not recommend child observers younger than six years to travel to any malaria area.

ALLERGIES

Dust and pollen encountered in the various hunting areas may aggravate any allergies you might have. It is recommended that you consult your physician regarding precautions which can be taken in this regard. Although allergies can be triggered all year round, it is important to note that the advent of spring (September) is especially known as “allergy season”, due to the high occurrence of flowering plants. Remember to communicate any food allergies so that the hunting camp’s staff are duly prepared.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

If you plan to arrive with prescription medication, we suggest that bring along your prescription as well as the original boxes/containers in which you received your medication. Mozambique is generally less strict regarding controlled medications, but it’s nevertheless prudent to arrive prepared.

MEDICAL FACILITIES

Mozambique does not have superb medical facilities and obtaining medical evacuation insurance such as “Global Rescue” www.globalrescue.com is highly recommended, with the option to evacuate to South Africa or your home country. 

South Africa has world-class medical facilities and doctors who are, in some cases, regarded to be amongst the leaders in their field globally. Leopard Rock Outfitters does not, however, offer medical or travel insurance. Ensure that this is arranged prior to your travels in the unlikely event of a medical emergency.

Terms and Conditions

All safaris booked are based on the following terms and conditions: (Please see the Safari Price List and Contract for the detailed Terms and Conditions)

Preparation of Trophies

Skinning of trophies and field preparation is included in our services, however all dipping, collecting, taxidermy work and shipping of trophies are not included.

Tipping

A gratuity is a gift of appreciation for services provided. They can be given to staff members at the hunter’s own discretion. We can provide a proposed gratuity list as guideline should it be required.

Booking and Payment

Bookings are confirmed on receipt of the signed safari contract and 50% of the total daily rate. The balance due (which consists of the balances of the daily rate, trophy fees of reserved animals and all extras) is payable 90 days prior to the commencement of the safari. Trophy fees of any animals killed/wounded and any additional expenses incurred during the trip, are payable at the conclusion of the safari and can be paid in cash in camp (US dollar notes, clean and unmarked and not older than 2009 series only) or by electronic bank transfer. Any unused credits will be refunded within 30 days of the safari end date. Any other payment arrangement must be authorised in writing.

Cancellation Policy

There will be no refund of any deposit paid within six (6) months prior to the 1st of March of the year the hunt is to take place in. If cancelled longer than 6 months prior to this date, 50% of the deposit will be refunded.

Policy on Lion and Leopard Hunts

It is hereby agreed that any leopard or lion shot, regardless of its age, without the consent of the professional hunter accrues an immediate fine of US$ 30,000.00 and $US 50,000.00 respectively. The hunt will not continue until payment has been received.

Indemnity

It must be noted that hunting is a dangerous vocation and although Leopard Rock Outfitters are committed to your safety, comfort and enjoyment, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents, illness or death that may occur whilst on the safari.

What’s Included

  • Daily rates, trophy and government fees
  • Professional hunter
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Local drinks
  • Camp staff, trackers & skinners
  • Field preparation of trophies
  • Land transport within the area
  • Rifle permit
  • Hunt license
  • Community taxes
  • Meet & greet at Tete airport
  • VAT

What’s Excluded

  • Transport costs from Country of Origin to safari destination.
  • Dip & Pack & Taxidermy fees.
  • Any charter flights
  • Trophy fees (if you choose to hunt a Trophy animal outside the prescribed package rate)
  • Imported alcoholic drinks, wine & champagne.
  • Exportation documents
  • CITES Permits (where applicable)
  • Tips to the staff
  • Any personal expenses
  • Personal insurance and medical evacuation coverage
  • Any expenses incurred with delays due to weather, airlines, transportation breakdowns, emergencies or lost luggage.
  • Food & Laundry (outside of provided accommodation)Any expenses in lodges, hotels & national parks before or after the duration of the safari.
  • Weapons importation charges (Rifle & Bow where applicable)

Species

Minimum days

GOVT Fee US$

Trophy Fee US$

Total US$

Baboon

7

150

150

300

Buffalo

7

1,750

3,250

5,000

Bushbuck

7

400

900

1,300

Bush pig

7

300

400

700

Crocodile

7

1,100

2,900

4,000

Duiker

7

325

375

700

Elephant up to 45lbs

14

14,300

5,700

20,000

Elephant up to 55lbs

14

14,300

10,700

25,000

Elephant up to 65lbs

14

14,300

15,700

30,000

Elephant 65lbs +

14

14,300

35,700

50,000

Grysbok

7

450

1,150

1,600

Hippo – Bull

7

1,950

3,050

5,000

Hyena

7

450

1,300

1,750

Impala Ram

7

285

215

500

Kudu

7

1,600

1,100

2,700

Leopard

10

3,250

5,750

9,000

Lion

14

10,000

6,000

16,000

Porcupine

7

150

300

450

Sable

10

1,600

4,900

6,500

Warthog

7

200

350

550

Zebra

7

1,950

1,000

2,950

EXTRA

COST US$

Rifle import permit (per rifle) $350
Hunting Licence $450
CITES permits $330 $330
Charter Option – Tete to Camp & return P.O.A
Transport to and from hotel (IF REQUIRED) $150
Client’s responsibility to obtain VISA $70
Veterinary certificate $13 per trophy
Dip & Pack   $600 – $1200

SAFARI TYPE 1×1

COST US$ per day

Elephant & Lion $1,650
Buffalo & Leopard $1,250
Crocodile & Plains game $ 500

SAFARI TYPE 2×1

COST US$ per day

Elephant & Lion $2,475
Buffalo & Leopard $1,875
Crocodile & Plains game   $750

OTHER CHARGES

COST US$

Observers 10yrs & Over $350/day
Agents/Cameramen $350/day
Observers/Cameraman $250/day
Rifle hire   $150/day
Ammunition   $5/round

OTHER CHARGES

RATES %

Value Added Tax (V.A.T) 17%
Government Levies Daily rate 5%
Government Levies Trophy Fee 7%

Mozambique Hunting Packages

ELEPHANT 1x1 (up to 45lbs)

$37,00014 Days (Min)

including Elephant trophy fees & all government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7 day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

LEOPARD 1x1

$23,00010 Days

including Leopard trophy fees & all government fees.

2 baits included (Impala, warthog, etc) Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7 day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

BUFFALO 1×1

$11,0007 Days

including Buffalo trophy fees & all government fees.

2 baits included (Impala, warthog, etc) Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7 day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

CROCODILE & PLAINS GAME 1X1

$12,0007 Days

including Crocodile trophy, plains game trophies (Below) & government fees.

Hunter can harvest the following animals:
Bushpig, Bushbuck, Crocodile, Duiker, Impala and Warthog.
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10 day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

CROCODILE 1×1

$6,5005 Days

including Crocodile trophy & government fees

Hunter can harvest the following animals: Crocodile
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

LION 1x1

$39,00014 Days (Min)

including Lion trophy fees & all government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7 day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

BUFFALO & CROC 1×1

$15,00010 Days

including Buffalo & Crocodile trophy & government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

BUFFALO & SABLE 1x1

$17,50010 Days

including Buffalo & Sable trophy & Government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

BUFFALO & SABLE 1x1

$17,50010 Days

including Buffalo & Sable trophy & Government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

PLAINS GAME SPECIAL 1×1

$8,0007 Days

including 5 trophies (below) & government fees.

Hunter can harvest the following animals:
Duiker, Impala, Bushpig, Bushbuck, and Warthog.
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10 day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).