Buffalo in Mozambique

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Things to do
at Fort Richmond

  • Experience the thrill of game viewing on horseback.

  • Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of animals interacting at the waterhole – from the safety of a tree top viewing hut less than 20 yards away.

  • Go on a night drive and catch a glimpse of the elusive nocturnal animals, including Small Spotted Genet, Antbear, Aardwolf, Bateared Fox and Owls.

  • Hike through the bush – explore this extraordinary land and discover the simple beauty of ancient Bushman rock-etchings.

  • Quietly sip a drink while watching the sun set over the vast expanse of untouched landscape.

  • Go birding. With more than 200 species of bird the farm is a birder’s paradise.

  • Go fishing or river rafting on a neighbour’s farm.

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Experience exceptional Big Game hunting in Mozambique with Fort Richmond Safaris

Hunt in the remote wilderness;
Hunt Buffalo and Lion in vast, open territories;
Exceptional Cape Buffalo Trophies;
Rough it out in the Basic Camps for the ultimate wilderness experience ...

A little about Mozambique …

Mozambique is located on East coast of Southern Africa, facing the Indian Ocean and the island of Madagascar. It is bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. In Mozambique the hunting areas comprise a large portion of the entire country. Hunting regions are found in central Mozambique near Beira (pronounced bay-ra) the second largest city, as well as in the north and west, near the borders of Tanzania and Zimbabwe respectively.

It's been 500 years since the first Europeans arrived in Mozambique. In 1498, six years after the discovery of America, the Portuguese landed in Mozambique and remained there for the ensuing half-millennium until granting Mozambique its independence in 1975. For two decades following independence this poor country experienced an often brutal civil war between two rival factions, one supported by Western interests, and the other by Communist interests. Since the end of that war in 1992, Mozambique has been striving to once again become the great hunting destination it once was.

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.

Hunting in Mozambique with Fort Richmond Safaris

Mozambique defines two categories of land where hunting is permitted: hunting concessions known also as coutadas and game ranches. Hunting areas in Mozambique are open territories, not fenced.

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. 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 in a 4x4 vehicle from the camps, then once in the bush, tracking on foot. Sometimes tracking can take place directly from the camps. Most of the terrain is flat but the hunts are still physically demanding.

Fort Richmond Safaris’ hunting concession is Coutada 14. The concession is situated in the Rovuma Valley, in the Cabo Delgado Province on the border between Mozambique and Tanzania. We charter straight into Coutada 14 with light aircraft, Cessena 182, Cessena carravan, etc. from Beira Airport. The concession is approximately 335 000 acres with no fences.
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Hunting Information

Mozambique Hunting Season:
  • Hunting Season: May 1st to September 30th.

  • 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 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.

Minimum Requirements for Rifle Hunting in Mozambique:
  • 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.

Permits and Importation of Firearms and Ammunition into Mozambique:

The following section contains the basic information that you need to know.

  • 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.

Hunting Permits and Licenses:

The wildlife department and the government of Mozambique allocates quotas by species to each hunting concessions known also as coutadas and game ranches on an individual basis.
Fort Richmond Safaris hunts Coutada 14.

Your hunting license and permit will be applied for and obtained by Fort Richmond Safaris 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.

Climate, Immunization, Visas and Travel Documents

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.

Traveller’s Health & Immunizations
  • This is a Malaria area. Please take precaution. 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.

Visa & Travel Documents
  • All foreigners must be in possession of a passport that will remain valid for at least six months after the intended date of departure from Mozambique as well as a round trip airline ticket.

  • All non-Mozambique citizens MUST have a visa to enter the country. Visas are available upon arrival at Pemba Airport for a nominal fee of US$25.

General Information 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

Trophies available in Coutada 14 (Mozambique)

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