DWHSM – Hunting Safaris in Mozambique with De Wet Hunting Safaris
Hunting Safaris in Mozambique
Traditional hunting safaris in Mozambique will take you back 100 years. This is one of the only areas left in all of Africa where you can hunt truly wild, free ranging game.
Hunting safaris in Mozambique will take you back 100 years. You will hunt lions out of traditional tented camps on more than 200,000 acres. Mozambique offers some of the last, truly wild areas left in Southern Africa.
Due to a wide range of habitats, we can offer a complete range of free range hunting for seven species of the Tiny 10, Roosevelt Sable; Livingston Eland; Lichtenstein Hartebeest; and Niassa Wildebeest. Dangerous game species include leopard; lion; cape buffalo; hippo; crocodile and elephant.
These are the Africa safaris you read about in Outdoor Life as a kid.
- All free range hunting. You will not be hunting behind a high fence like in South Africa.
- LOTS OF GAME. This is one of the only areas left in all of Africa where you can hunt truly wild, free ranging game.
- Mozambique is a species collectors paradise.
- Safaris can be extended if necessary to ensure your success.
- The staff is exceptional, the PH’s are fun, friendly, and professional.
- The hunting will be by spot-and-stalk, or from blinds.
- You will be staying in rustic, traditional African fly camps equipped with gas operated hot, running water; showers; flush toilets; fully-equipped, gas operated kitchens; and solar panel electric lights and plugins for your electrical equipment.
- The food on the hunt is organic, and sourced from the local area. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased from local markets and the venison is hunted in the area.
- Prime hunting season is from April to November with the best time being from the beginning of June onwards.
Cape Buffalo Hunting
Buffalo Safaris are 16 Day Combos with Sable and Leopard; 14 Day Combos with Leopard; 12 Day Sable Combos; and 10 day Plains Game Combos.
One of the few areas in Africa that still permits big game hunting, Mozambique is truly the untouched gem of Africa. The Outfitter has over 50 years combined safari experience between the two Professional Hunters, is Big 5 Certified for dangerous game hunting, and will ensure that your hunt is fun, exciting and safe. They pride themselves on hunting to the highest standards and ethics.
The Sofala province of Mozambique is huge, and habitat ranges from Miombo woodland to open grassland savannas and floodplains. Our PH runs a number of concessions in this province, and you will probably travel between them during your safari. There is also a nearby forest concession that has great numbers of most of the tiny 10 and exceptional free-range nyala.
- Hunting will be done by finding a big bull track in a dry river bed and then tracking him sometimes for many hours.
- The safari vehicle is sometimes used to locate tracks, but all hunting is done on foot.
- Hunts are guided 1:1, plus trackers.
- You can expect to hunt good, old, hard-bossed bulls (Dugga Boys).
- Once you have taken your buffalo, there are many species of plains game to hunt including most of the Tiny 10, exceptional free range nyala, Roosevel’ts sable, eland and even lion.
- 10, 12, 14 or 16 day safaris.
Leopard Safaris are 16 Day Combos with Buffalo, 14 Day Combos with Buffalo and Sable, or 14 Day Plains Game Combos.
Leopard hunting in Mozambique will take you back 100 years to a simpler time. Leopards are among the most sought-after trophies, but also the hardest to obtain. This remote, traditional hunt in Mozambique will give you a great opportunity to hunt a trophy leopard.
Leopard hunting is done over bait. Usually bait will be a baboons or plains game animals from one of the previous hunts. Proper pre-baiting will be done before you even arrive in camp. The ideal situation is for you to arrive and already have the baits being hit. Trail cams are used to identify trophy leopards that are hitting the bait.
- June through November
- You’ll be hunting in the Tete province near the world famous Lake Cahora Bassa.
- Hunting is done over bait from a hide.
- Run from any outfitter who guarantees a leopard. They are too wary, and there are too many variables, but success is likely…in fact, our PH, so far does have a 100% success rate on leopards in Mozambique. This leopard hunt is as close to a slam dunk as you can get.
- Safari can also be extended if needed.
- There are some huge leopards in this area.
- Once you have taken your leopard, there are some species of plains game hippos and crocodiles. Lake Cahora Bassa is well known for its trophy crocodiles.
Lion Safaris are 21 Days
Lion hunting safaris in Mozambique are typically done over bait. Usually bait will be a cape buffalo or plains game animal from one of the previous hunts. A lion hunt almost always follows directly behind a buffalo hunt so that lions can be pre-baited before you even arrive in camp. The ideal situation is for you to arrive and already have the baits being hit. Calling is sometimes used as well. Electric, remote callers can be very effective in some situations. Trail cams are used to identify trophy males that are hitting the bait. Hunts are guided 1:1, plus trackers.
Once you have taken your lion, there are cape buffalo as well as many species of plains game to hunt on a trophy fee basis. Species include Roosevelt Sable; Livingstone Eland; Lichtenstein Hartebeest; and Niassa Wildebeest.
- Lion hunting is typically done over bait, but you may do some calling or walk and stalk hunting.
- Success is never guaranteed, but it is likely.
- You can expect to hunt old, mature male lions that are a minimum of 5 to 6 years old.
- Hunts are 21 days, but your safari can also be extended if necessary to ensure that you get your trophy.
- *Only two lions are taken here yearly.
Hippo and Crocodile Hunting
Hippo, Crocodile Safaris are 10 Days
This is usually a hunt from a hide (blind) for both the hippos and the big crocs. The outfitter pre-scouts to find the big ones and where they are spending their time, then they will set up a hide on that location for your hunt. This concession in the Tete province near the famous Lake Cahora Bassa is ideal for big leopards, hippos, giant crocodiles and some plains game species.
This hunt requires precision marksmanship, so make sure you are getting plenty of range time in as you need to hit a spot the size of an orange. But don’t worry, it doesn’t require huge calibers, a 7mm you can shoot well will do the trick. This is your chance to hunt an actual prehistoric animal, when it comes to giant crocodile, and even more they are the only dangerous game animal that sees you as food.
Typically you will hunt the hippo first, as hippo makes very good bait for big crocs. Patience is key, you might sit for one hour or you might sit for six days waiting for the right animals to give you the right opportunity. When that trophy hippo or croc shows up it is time to get your game face on.
- 10 day safari
- Guided 1-on-1, plus trackers
- Hunt big mature bull hippos, and 13ft crocs on average
- 100% shot opportunity
Daily Rates Include:
- Hunt includes everything. There will be no unexpected surprise fees at the end of your safari.
- Transportation from International Airport to hunting camp and return
- Full time service of a licensed and experienced Professional Hunter
- Driver, Tracker and Skinner
- Services of all camp staff
- Accommodations, all meals and drinks, including alcoholic beverages
- Laundry services
- Skinning and field preparation of trophies
- Government hunting licenses and permit fees
- 14% VAT
- Trip Insurance
- Accommodation prior to and after safari
- Airfare to and from your home
- Trophy fees of animals bagged or wounded and lost
- Taxidermy work and shipping of trophies to final destination
- Rifle hire and ammunition
- CITES fees
- Additional trips or activities
- Medical expenses (please have medical insurance)
*Prices subject to change without notice, so lock your price in with a deposit asap.
Rustic, Traditional Fly Camps or Fixed Tented Camps
Your hunt will be conducted out of rustic, traditional African fly camp in the heart of the 200,000+ acre concession. *Elephant and leopard hunts are conducted out of a fixed tented camp with a thatch roof.
Both camps are equipped with gas operated hot, running water; showers; flush toilets; fully-equipped, gas operated kitchens; and solar panel electric lights and plugins for your electrical equipment. All tents are en-suite with their own private bathroom, comfortable beds, and screened to keep out insects. A satellite phone is available for emergency communication.
The food on the hunt is organic, and sourced from the local area. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased from local markets and the venison is hunted in the area. Due to the nature of this hunt, it is difficult to have a planned dinner as you may arrive in camp at 6PM or later.
A day’s meals consists of an early morning breakfast before you leave camp, a snack lunch is provided in the bush, and dinner upon your return to camp from hunting for the day. Local cold beer, soda, wine or hard liquor will be available. There are running refrigerators in the back of the Safari vehicles.
Travelling to Mozambique
Travel to Mozambique is safe and fairly straight forward. Your Professional Hunter will meet you the moment you clear customs at the Johannesburg airport. They will meet you as you exit customs and walk you to the rifle permit office to retrieve your gun. You and your PH will overnight at a lodge 5 to 10 minutes from the airport that caters only to hunters. The next morning, you will fly to Pemba, Mozambique. From there, you have two options, an 8 hour drive to the hunting area, or a charter flight directly there. We suggest the charter as it will save you a hunting day.
You will also accompanied back to the airport at the end of your safari. You will feel safe and well taken care of for your entire hunt.
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Africa Safari Gear List
Preparing for your first African Safari can be intimidating, but there’s no need to worry. The truth of the matter is that packing for a hunt in Africa isn’t all that difficult. We have worked together with our P.H.’s on a safari gear list for your upcoming hunt.
- Valid Passport (South Africa requires your passport to be valid for an additional 30 days after your return date to the USA. No exceptions.)
- Airline ticket.
- Proper weapon documentation.
- Email the date and time of arrival to your P.H. for pickup at the airport.
- Inoculation (if needed in the area you are hunting).
- Deposit paid and confirmed.
- Traveler’s checks and enough cash for gifts, tip, etc.
- Travel Insurance.
Keep it simple. Bring a few changes of light hunting clothing (most places will have a daily laundry service). Odds are you will be riding in the back of a truck on a high rack to and from hunting areas, and that can get chilly. So bring a good jacket along. During the day, temperatures should be pleasant.
*When hunting in Mozambique it is important to note that you are allowed to bring realtree type camo but it is against Mozambican law for an ordinary citizen to wear military style camouflage.
- 2 pairs of light hunting pants
- 2-3 hunting shirts
- 2-3 pairs of socks and underwear
- 1 pair of insulated underwear (tops and bottoms) *we recommend Merino wool
- Light jacket for stopping wind
- Wide brim hat or cap
- Good ankle boots/shoes that are very comfortable (you don’t need heavy mountain boots)
- Comfortable shoes for lounging at the lodge
- Light stocking hat and gloves
- Light rain gear
If you are hunting from May to August, be sure to bring some heavier clothing as well as temperatures can occasionally drop below freezing. If you are hunting during this time add the following items:
- 1 pair of insulated hunting pants
- 2 pairs mid-weight socks
- Insulated coat
Get the best optics you can afford. Don’t skimp here.
- Binoculars (Quality 8’s or 10’s)
- Spotting Scope
- Bino Harness
- Phone Skope – Mount your phone to your optics
- Lens Cloth and Cleaning Equipment
Firearms and Ammunition
Clients always ask us what type of rifle and caliber they should bring to Africa. Our advice is always, bring the rifle that you are most comfortable shooting with, shot placement and premium quality bullets are more important than caliber choice. For plains game, we recommend any caliber between 270 and 375. However calibers for dangerous game, the minimum requirement by law is no caliber smaller than 375H&H. We recommend using premium quality soft point ammunition like Swift A-frame, Woodleigh, Norma or Barnes. For elephant and hippo it is advisable to use heavy caliber solid ammunition.
When hunting dangerous game, use a good quality low powered variable scope of 1.5 – 6 x 25 power. We recommend a higher powered scope of between 3 – 9 x 40 magnification for plains game. When transporting your rifle it should be transported on the airline and on any major road in a solid, lockable, hard case. Whilst travelling between hunting areas or on the back of the hunting vehicle we recommend that you bring a soft padded rifle bag.
- Ammo (40-60 shells should be adequate for a typical hunt)
- Gun case with locks
- Soft gun case
- Bow (talk to your Agent or PH about poundage requirements)
- Arrows and good broadheads (2-3 dozen arrows should be adequate for a typical hunt)
- Bow case with locks
- Soft bow case
- Valid Passport
- Airline ticket
- Proper weapon documentation
- Certified copy of your Passport for the taxidermist.
- Tip your P.H.
- Pay trophy fees and final payments for the animals you take on your Safari.
- Make arrangements for your trophies.
The standard tip for a guide is 10% to 20% of the cost of your trip. Remember to tip the cooks and other help in the camp as well. The amount you give reflects your appreciation for your guide’s hard work and effort.