I saw lots of wildlife in Mozambique, although not quite as much as for instance in Tanzania of Namibia. Both, the Maputo Special Reserve and the Gorongosa National Park had plenty of antelopes. Large predators however are rare. I only saw three lions in the Gorongosa National Park, and those only because they were collared with a transmitter, so my guide knew where they were.

Most wildlife is very shy in Mozambique, because during their recent civil war all the wildlife was hunted relentlessly. The exception are the elephants. They are not shy, they are angry. Some of them are old enough to actually remember these times, and they pass this sentiment on to their young. Because of that, they often get angry at vehicles. Several times an elephant charged our vehicle. Apparently, it is mostly the females with young that get really aggressive with vehicles to protect their young. We saw a few solitary males that seemed fairly calm when seeing our vehicle.

At the end of my trip I stayed in Tofo Beach for four nights. Scuba diving was nice, even though there were significant waves (1-1.5 m (3-4.9 ft)). I enjoyed it very much and saw some fish that I hadn't seen before. The highlight of Tofo Beach was swimming with Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus, german: Walhai, french: Requin-baleine) just off the shore. The whale sharks are huge, almost 10 m (30 ft) long. They are the largest fishes. It was an impressive sight.

Pictures of birds in Mozambique and other nature pages are separate:

Birds in Mozambique
Bird Page for Mozambique
Nature Pages
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All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Landscapes in Mozambique

Sunset
Sunset. (437k)
Sunset
Sunset. (498k)
Beach Maputo Special Reserve
Beach in the Maputo Special Reserve. (450k)

Wildlife in Mozambique

Termite Mound Sandy Soil
Termite mound. On the sandy soil the mounds are fairly low, they can't build the huge mounds that you see elsewhere in Africa. (1152k)
Wasp Nests Baobab
Wasp nests on a Baobab. (1235k)
Small Wasp Nest Fallen
Small wasp nest, fallen off the Baobab. (1073k)
Matabele Ant (Megaponera analis)
Raiding party of Matabele Ants (Megaponera analis, french: Fourmi Matabele), returning from a raid on a termite nest Matabele Ants, carrying their termite prey. (953k)
Matabele Ant (Megaponera analis)
Close-up of the Matabele Ants (Megaponera analis, french: Fourmi Matabele). (941k)
African Honey Bee (Apis mellifera scutellata)
African Honey Bee hive (Apis mellifera scutellata, german: Ostafrikanische Hochlandbiene, french: Abeille africaine). (1042k)
Beetle (Dischista rufa)
Beetles (Dischista rufa). These beetles were devouring the flowers completely. (632k)
Popeye Dung Beetle (Pachylomera femoralis)
A male Popeye Dung Beetle (Pachylomera femoralis) rolling a ball of dung. The beetle is head down and rolling the ball with his back legs. (1327k)
Barnacles
Barnacles. (1018k)
Marine Mollusk
Marine mollusk. (1089k)
Stranded Jellyfish
Stranded jellyfish. (636k)
Portuguese Man-of-war (Physalia physalis)
Portuguese Man-of-war (Physalia physalis, german: Portugiesische Galeere, french: Galère portugaise). The body was about 5 cm (2.0") long. (1209k)
Portuguese Man-of-war (Physalia physalis)
Portuguese Man-of-war (Physalia physalis, german: Portugiesische Galeere, french: Galère portugaise). The tentacle stretches almost to the right side of the picture. It was almost 1 m (3 ft) long. (816k)
Pink Ghost Crab (Ocypode ryderi)
Pink Ghost Crab (Ocypode ryderi). (778k)
Pink Ghost Crab (Ocypode ryderi)
Pink Ghost Crab (Ocypode ryderi). (1347k)
Pink Ghost Crab (Ocypode ryderi)
Pink Ghost Crab (Ocypode ryderi) and its burrow. (994k)
Millipede
Millipede. (906k)
Marbled Reed Frog (Hyperolius marmoratus)
Marbled Reed Frog (Hyperolius marmoratus). (712k)
Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus)
Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus). (692k)
Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus)
Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus). (600k)
Reed Frog (Hyperolius sp.)
Reed Frog (Hyperolius sp.). (787k)
Jones' Scorpion (Cheloctonus jonesii)
Jones' Scorpion (Cheloctonus jonesii). (1287k)
Southern African Python (Python natalensis)
Southern African Python (Python natalensis, german: Südlicher Felsenpython). This python was huge, probably about 5-6 m (16-20 ft) long. (1490k)
Southern African Python (Python natalensis)
Southern African Python (Python natalensis, german: Südlicher Felsenpython). (893k)
Southern African Python (Python natalensis)
Head of the Southern African Python (Python natalensis, german: Südlicher Felsenpython). (823k)
Size Comparison Python
Size comparison of the python. (1.6M)
Southern Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus)
Southern Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus, german: Südliche Grünmeerkatze, french: Vervet bleu). (1143k)
Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus)
Female Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus, german: Steppenpavian, french: Babouin jaune). (1189k)
Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus)
Male Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus, german: Steppenpavian, french: Babouin jaune). (1026k)
Grayfoot Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes)
Male Grayfoot Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). (675k)
Grayfoot Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes)
Grayfoot Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). (1073k)
Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii)
Running group of Southern Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (1135k)
Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii)
Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (965k)
Natal Red Duiker (Cephalophus natalensis)
Natal Red Duiker (Cephalophus natalensis, german: Rotducker, french: Céphalophe du Natal). (1287k)
Grey Common Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia caffra)
Male Grey Common Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia caffra, german: Kronenducker, french: Céphalophe de Grimm). (784k)
Southern Oribi (Ourebia ourebi ourebi)
Male Southern Oribi (Ourebia ourebi ourebi, german: Südliches Oribi, french: Ourébi). (1097k)
Oribi ssp. hastata (Ourebia ourebi hastata)
Female Oribi ssp. hastata (Ourebia ourebi hastata, german: Südliches Oribi, french: Ourébi). (1034k)
Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris)
Male Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris, german: Steinböckchen, french: Steenbok). (1037k)
Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris)
Female Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris, german: Steinböckchen, french: Steenbok). (1193k)
Common Impala Harem Male
Common Impala harem, one male (left) with a harem of females. (1106k)
Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus)
Female Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersen­antilope, french: Impala). (838k)
Baby Common Impala
Baby Common Impala. (819k)
Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus)
Female Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersen­antilope, french: Impala) with baby. (851k)
Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus)
Male Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersen­antilope, french: Impala). (1312k)
Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus)
Male Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché). (591k)
Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus)
Female Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché). (1276k)
Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus)
Female Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché) crossing the road in front of us. (993k)
Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum)
Female and male Common Reedbucks (Redunca arundinum arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (760k)
Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum)
Male Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (1354k)
Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum)
Male Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (735k)
Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)
Herd of Female Nyalas (Tragelaphus angasii, german: Flachland-Nyala, french: Nyala) hiding in the forest. (736k)
Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)
Female Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii, german: Flachland-Nyala, french: Nyala). (1068k)
Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus)
Large herd of Ringed Waterbucks (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (866k)
Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus)
Female Ringed Waterbucks (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1062k)
Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus)
Male Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). Notice the "toilet seat" marking on his rear end. (1078k)
Lichtenstein's Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus lichtensteinii)
Herd of Lichtenstein's Hartebeests (Alcelaphus buselaphus lichtensteinii, german: Lichtenstein-Antilope, french: Bubale de Lichtenstein) hiding in the forest. (1125k)
Southern Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger niger)
Southern Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger niger, german: Rappenantilope, french: Hippotrague noir). (966k)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus)
Herd of Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (946k)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (1000k)
Chapman's Zebra (Equus quagga chapmani)
Chapman's Zebras (Equus quagga chapmani, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Chapman). (690k)
Crawshay's Zebra (Equus quagga crawshayi)
Crawshay's Zebras (Equus quagga crawshayi, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Crawshay). (1053k)
Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros)
Male Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (1289k)
South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa)
Group of South African Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, french: Girafe du Cap). (847k)
South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa)
Female South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, french: Girafe du Cap) with young. (1118k)
South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa)
South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, french: Girafe du Cap). (1248k)
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer)
Cape Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). As usual they were staring at us. (922k)
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer)
Female Cape Buffalo with calf (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). (920k)
Southern African Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus cowiei)
Southern African Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus cowiei, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (1189k)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie). (778k)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) showing off his teeth. (616k)
Hippos Covered Mud
Hippos covered in mud. (666k)
Hippo Trail Note Grass
Hippo trail. Note the grass ridge in the middle of the trail. Hippos walk with right and left legs completely separate. Elephants in contrast put left and right legs more in front of each other, so elephant trails don't have the center ridge. (1.5M)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Herd of African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (650k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (1281k)
Agitated Elephant
Agitated elephant. (1249k)
Agitated Elephant Charging
Agitated elephant charging us. (1268k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Female African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) with baby. (1178k)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Female Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion), left, with two almost grown cubs. (933k)

Movie

Popeye Dung Beetle (Pachylomera femoralis)
Popeye Dung Beetle (Pachylomera femoralis) rolling a dung ball. (5.6M)

Flora in Mozambique

Elephant Grass (Cenchrus purpureus)
Elephant Grass (Cenchrus purpureus, german: Napiergras, french: Herbe à éléphant). (1335k)
Flowering Sedge
Flowering sedge. (1159k)
Morning Glory (Ipomoea sp.)
Morning Glory (Ipomoea sp., german: Prunkwinden, french: Ipomée). (955k)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.)
Hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sp., german: Hibiskus). (1006k)
Flower (Helichrysum conglobatum)
Flower (Helichrysum conglobatum, german: Mittelmeer-Strohblume). (667k)
Flower Stands
Flower stands. (1461k)
Lily
Lily. (647k)
Paintbrush Lily (Scadoxus puniceus)
Paintbrush Lily (Scadoxus puniceus). (773k)
Blood Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus)
Blood Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus, german: Blutblume). (897k)
Plant Large Balls Fruits
Plant with large balls as fruits. (950k)
Fried Egg Tree (Oncoba spinosa)
Fried Egg Tree (Oncoba spinosa). (1057k)
Fried Egg Tree (Oncoba spinosa)
Flower of the Fried Egg Tree (Oncoba spinosa). (734k)
Spiny Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa)
Spiny Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa, german: Brechnüsse). The fruits are tennis-ball sized balls. According to my guide the fruits ripen after they fall off the tree. (1.5M)
Inquaqua Tree Fruits Similar
Inquaqua Tree, the fruits are similar to the Spiny Monkey Orange, but they ripen on the tree. (1241k)
Pod Mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis)
Pod Mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis). (1338k)
Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia)
Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia, german: Flammenbaum, french: Flamboyant). (1047k)
African Ebony Tree
African Ebony tree. (1024k)
Yellow Fever Tree (Vachellia xanthophloea)
Yellow Fever Tree (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (1072k)
Yellow Fever Tree (Vachellia xanthophloea)
Yellow Fever Tree forest (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (930k)
Lala Palm (Hyphaene coriacea)
Stand of Lala Palms (Hyphaene coriacea). (1103k)
Lala Palm (Hyphaene coriacea)
Lala Palm (Hyphaene coriacea). (966k)
African Fan Palm (Borassus aethiopum)
African Fan Palm (Borassus aethiopum, german: Äthiopische Palmyrapalme, french: Borasse d'Éthiopie). (910k)
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata)
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (1260k)
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata)
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (1428k)
Flower Baobab
Flower of Baobab. (1153k)

Underwater in Mozambique

Don't Know
Don't know what this is. (552k)
Nudibranch
Nudibranch. (677k)
Starfish
Starfish. (788k)
Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus)
Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus, french: Grande crevette nettoyeuse). (771k)
Goldband Fusilier (Pterocaesio chrysozona)
School of fish. In the forground are three Goldband Fusiliers (Pterocaesio chrysozona, french: Fusilier à bande jaune) with the horzontal yellow stripe. (416k)
Fish Hiding Sponge
Fish hiding in a sponge. (642k)
Fish
Fish. (671k)
Threespot Dascyllus (Dascyllus trimaculatus)
Threespot Dascyllus (Dascyllus trimaculatus, german: Dreifleck-Preußenfisch, french: Demoiselle à trois points). (822k)
Ring-tailed Cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus aureus)
Ring-tailed Cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus aureus, german: Schwarzbinden-Kardinalbarsch, french: Apogon aureus), with horzontal black stripe through the eye. (1112k)
Chocolate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon blackburnii)
Chocolate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon blackburnii). (548k)
Pacific Trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis)
Pacific Trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis, german: Pazifischer Trompetenfisch, french: Poisson-trompette). (633k)
Porcupinefish (Diodontidae gen.)
Porcupinefish (Diodontidae gen., german: Igelfische). (678k)
Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus)
Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus, german: Halfterfisch, french: Zancle cornu). (608k)
Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)
Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum, german: Leopard-Drückerfisch, french: Baliste clown). (422k)
Gulf Torpedo (Torpedo sinuspersici)
Gulf Torpedo (Torpedo sinuspersici) hiding in the sand. (473k)
Tentacled Flathead (Papilloculiceps longiceps)
Tentacled Flathead (Papilloculiceps longiceps, french: Poisson-crocodile tapis). (809k)
Indian Lionfish (Pterois miles)
Indian Lionfish (Pterois miles, german: Indischer Rotfeuerfisch, french: Rascasse volante de l'océan Indien). (400k)
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus, german: Walhai, french: Requin-baleine). (204k)
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus, german: Walhai, french: Requin-baleine). (492k)

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