After centuries of ethnic and Arab rule, slave trading, Portuguese colonialism and decades of devastating civil war, Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975, and finally became a democratic republic in 1990.
The country has nearly 1500 miles of coastline that lies on the Indian Ocean, and has a rich and varied habitat, with relatively small human population. It has enormous potential and is regaining its once proud reputation as a primary safari destination.
The lower Zambezi in Mozambique is the most productive and biologically diverse tropical floodplains in Africa.
The primary hunting areas in the famous Zambezi Delta, now boast some of the largest herds of Cape buffalo in southern Africa, as well as high populations of Sable, Nyala, Waterbuck, Kudu, Bushbuck and Reedbuck. The thick sand forests of the Delta are some of the best places in Africa to hunt Suni, both Blue and Red Duikers, and Warthogs.
The Mozambique hunting season opens on the 1st April and closes on the 30th November, which roughly coincides with the cooler, dry, winter season.
• Coutada 9, Nhacainga Conservancy, Manica Province
The management team at the Coutada 9 hunting concession, have been involved with conservation and community development in Mozambique for many years. After the civil war and the subsequent poaching that took place, a program of buffalo and lion reintroduction was undertaken Coutada 9 has vast quantities of grass, it needs bulk grazers like buffalo to reduce moribund (building up of dead grass) to ensure fresh growth, and to open up areas for other grazers that prefer shorter grass. Controlled fire have used to do this but if fire is overused it can lead to a reduced biodiversity; as only the grass that is fire resistant will remain. The buffalo not only reduce grass, and reduce the need for wild fires but they also fertilise as they go.
The lions were brought in from South Africa as part of a programme that relocates lions to prevent in-breeding and reduce overpopulation in some areas - there is strong evidence that the lions are thriving, as several large kudu bulls have been taken!
Mozambique has a subtropical climate, with a dry season lasting from April to December, temperatures range from 12°C at night to 28°C in the day, and a rainy season from January to March. The beaches are stunning throughout the dry season, although the winter months, June to August, can be breezy; especially in the north. The optimal time to visit is September to November, when temperatures range from 17°C at night to 30°C in the day, and game viewing is at its best, the weather calmest and warmest.
Sybarite Safaris is a sister company to Sybarite Sporting, which organises and hosts authentic, traditional luxury safaris with an emphasis on sustainable integrated conservation and minimum footprint impact.