Birding Spectacular in Mozambique

18 day

Expected birding safari overview:

  • Accommodation: Tented camp
  • Activities:Birding, boat cruise in the Bazaruto Archipelago, hiking on Mount Gorongoza
  • Destinations:Kaapsehoop in South Africa, Casa Lisa, Inhambane, Vilankulo, Nova Mambone, Vumba, Mount Gorongose, Caia, Mwanza and Rio Savane in Mozambique

What to expect from this 18 day Birding Spectacular in Mozambique:

Guests on this Mozambique birding expedition can look forward to spotting the endemic bird species of Kaapsehoop and enjoy Indian Ocean birding. Bird enthusiast can relax while cruising the Bazaruto Archipelago or when doing the Mount Gorongoza Green-headed Oriole hike.

Experience a diverse range of bird species in their different habitats. Visit the woodlands of the Chinizua forest and experience excellent birding in the Zambezi Delta, while the Rio Savane enclave offers wetland birding.

Guests should note that although the itineraries are precisely planned, they are subject to unexpected circumstances such as local conditions, extreme weather and other conditions beyond any one's control.

Day 1: Johannesburg to Kaapsehoop, South Africa

The first day of your birding safari in Mozambique takes you from Johannesburg east towards Mozambique to the town of Kaapsehoop, where you'll be spending the night.

Here guests can enjoy some escarpment birding and spot some South African endemics. Some of the bird species you might spot include Knysna Turaco, Drakensberg Prinia, Bush Blackcap, Blue Swallow, Southern Tchagra and the Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher.

Day 2: Casa Lisa, Mozambique

Today you travel through the Mozambican border at Ressano Garcia and continue into southern Mozambique. You can start spotting eastern bird species including the Senegal Lapwing, Eastern Nicator, Purple-crested Turaco and the Magpie Mannikin.

Day 3 & 4: Inhambane, Mozambique

You will travel towards the coastal town of Inhambane while birding along the way. Inhambana will be the base for the next 2 nights while you keep an eye out for Pale Batis, Brown-headed Parrot, Mangrove Kingfisher, Terek Sandpiper, Crab Plover and Black-throated Wattle-eye.

Day 5 & 6: Vilankulo, Mozambique

On day 5 of your birding safari in Mozambique you travel to Vilankulos, known as the gateway to the Bazaruto archipelago. Vilankulo will be the base for the next 2 nights while you explore the Bazaruto archipelago by boat.

You will also be able to do mainland birding. Some of the bird species you can expect to spot include Green Malkoha, Madagascar Bee-eater, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Crab Plover, Greater Frigatebird and Chestnut-fronted helmet-shrike.

Day 7: Nova Mambone, Mozambique

Explore Nova Mambone, which is situated close to Inhambane. You can continue working on your eastern bird species list as you keep an eye open for Madagascar Bee-eater, Greater Frigatebird and more.

Day 8 - 10: Vumba and Eastern Highlands, Mozambique

On day eight you wil head inland to Mozambique's Eastern Highlands. This will be your base for the next 3 days. Keep an eye open for Livingstone's Turaco, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Whyte's Barbet, Blue-spotted Dove, Chirinda Apalis and Eastern Saw-wing.

Day 11: Mount Gorongose, Mozambique

You will be able to explore Mount Gorongosa in search for the Green-headed Oriole. In Southern Africa, this species only occur in this particular mountain. Besides the Green-headed Oriole, you can also spot Swynnerton's Robin, Moustached Grass-Warbler and Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon.

Day 12 - 14: Caia and Mwanza, Mozambique

On day 12 you will leave the mountain and head northeast. Here the Mozambique birding safari experience mix woodland birding with sorties along the Zambezi River which is home to a range of wetland species.

Keep an eye out for White-chested Alethe, Red-throated Twinspot, Green-backed Woodpecker, Speckle-throated Woodpecker, Cabanis' Bunting, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo and Violet-backed Sunbird.

Day 15- 17: Rio Savane, Mozambique

Experience excellent birding at one of central Mozambique's popular birding spots. Rio Savane is your last birding destination and offers a diverse range of bird habitats. You will be able to spot Tiny Greenbul, Woodward's Batis, Mangrove Kingfisher, Blue Quail, Angola Pitta, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Great Snipe and Palm-nut Vulture.

Day 18: Beira to Johannesburg, South Africa

Today is the last day of your birding safari in Mozambique. You will spend the morning in the Rio Save area enjoying a few hours of birding before packing up and returning to Beira. You will arrive at Beira around mid-day where you will then catch a flight for Johannesburg.


  • Fuel
  • Vehicle
  • Guiding fees
  • Mineral water
  • Accommodation
  • Flight from Beira to Johannesburg or Johannesburg to Beira

Not Included:

  • Lunch
  • Visa application fees
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

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