Birdwatching

Prime birding areas include:

  • Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Gorongosa National Park
  • Lake Niassa
  • Maputo Special Reserve

Useful websites with bird lists and announcements of regional birding activities:

  • African Bird Club (www.africanbirdclub.org)
  • Fatbirder (www.fatbirder.com)
  • Indicator Birding (www.birding.co.za)
  • Southern African Birding (www.sabirding.co.za)

Diving & Snorkelling

Attractions include the chance to sight dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays and dugongs; opportunities to discover new sites; the natural beauty of the Mozambican coast; seasonal humpback-whale sightings; excellent fish diversity; and a generally untouched array of hard and soft corals, especially in the north. You’ll also have most spots almost to yourself.

Equipment, instruction and certification are widely available along the coast, including in Ponta d’Ouro, Tofo, Vilankulo, the Bazaruto Archipelago, Pemba and the Quirimbas Archipelago. Prices are comparable to those elsewhere in East Africa but somewhat higher than in South Africa.

Hiking

The best hiking area is the Chimanimani Mountains, which includes Mt Binga, Mozambique’s highest peak. The hills around Gurúè offer good walking.

Surfing & Kitesurfing

The best waves are at Ponta d’Ouro in the far south of the country and at Tofinho. Boards can be rented at both places.

Kitesurfing has a small but growing following, especially in the north near Pemba, and around Vilankulo. A good initial contact is Kite Surfing Centre.

Wildlife Watching

The main wildlife-watching destination is Gorongosa National Park. Other possibilities include Niassa Reserve, Maputo Special Reserve and Limpopo National Park. Apart from in Gorongosa, the chances of spotting significant wildlife are small, and Mozambique shouldn’t be considered a ‘Big Five’ destination.

Horse Riding

Horse riding on the beach is possible at Vilankulo and Tofo.