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Mozambique

Coutada 14:

Mozambique is situated in the South East of Africa. You will be rewarded with the sight of vast wilderness areas, unchanged from their past fame as Africa's greatest hunting lands. Coutada 14 is +- 300 000 acres big that is more than 468 square miles of unspoiled nature, you will hunt in varied terrain; grass & palm savannahs, forest & swamp. This is a completely wild and unfenced area. Area 14, is part of the Marrameu complex & is bordering the Mighty Zambezi River. It is a vast area of flood plains with razor grass, thick reed beds, cut by papyrus lined sloughs which range from a few inches to several feet in depth.

Getting there:

Getting there generally involves three options, the first being catching a commercial flight to Beira and then catching a charter flight of roughly 40 minutes to 1 hour to the concession, the second option being chartering a light aircraft from Lanseria (Johannesburg- South Africa) airport to the concession area, clearing customs along the way. The last option involves catching a flight to Beira and then driving to the hunting areas, this is not ideal as the drive is long (9 hours) and the roads are dangerous (game, bad roads), and will leave you exhausted. Make sure you have soft cases for your rifles,  as they are easier to travel with on a charter flight, and take up less space and weight.

Climate:

Due to its proximity to the coast, this is an area of high humidity which tends to exacerbate the temperatures. This is a very wet area and many areas within the region cannot be accessed in conventional safari vehicles for at least 6 months of the year. The regions annual rainfall falls between the 45-55-inch range, in addition to which there is an abundance of water from the many rivers and streams on their journey coast wards. The months of June to August are the most pleasant with temperatures ranging between 75-79 degrees Fahrenheit. September starts getting hot and from there on its gets very hot with temperatures more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in midday, whereas this may be the downside, the upside to the situation is the vastly improved visibility because of all the burning combined with a lot of trees having dropped their leaves. Nights are pleasant but mid-day temps can reach 100 degrees.

Hunting and area:

Coutada 14 opt for a more traditional and rigorous approach whereby you get in by foot to get into the buffalo herds. The area is extremely flat and low lying and there is a tremendous range in the vegetation, varying from small patches sandveld acacia savannah, large areas of palm savannah and thick riverine forest along the streams and rivers criss crossing the floodplains, and finally into the flood plains themselves, with their papyrus and saw grass choked watercourses, small lakes and near stationary rivers as they make their sluggish way seawards.

You will see lots of buffalo. There are conservatively over 20 000 buffalo in the Marrameu Complex, and more importantly, due to the terrain, they are accessible.

The three main ways of hunting Buffalo in Coutada 14 is as follows:

  1. Once the herd/egrets have been spotted, the stalk is planned and the approach is made on foot. In these situations, the herd will either be resting or feeding. Within the tall reeds and vegetation there are wonderful open areas of short cropped grass which enable the hunters to view the entire herd. Closing with the herd is normally accompanied by a few adrenalin pumping moments as egrets fly up right at your feet followed shortly thereafter by a buffalo crashing heavily away from you through the reeds as you cross the many meandering rivers/ watercourses which make their way to the sea.
  2. The more traditional way of driving around, and looking for fresh sign, either dung or tracks for Dagga Boys (Solitary Bulls). Once we pick up fresh sign/tracks/droppings etc., we will track the Buffalo down.
  3. In the thick riverine forest, it is a slow pace walking, looking for Buff laying down or for fresh sign. Everything usually happens at a fast pace once we close in on the Buffalo as they are very alert in these dense forests.

Equipment:

.375 Holland & Holland Magnum and up with premium grade expanding bullets for example Barnes-X, Swift A-frame, Bear claw etc. all of which have suitable penetration. We do not allow hunting with solids, especially when there is a big herd of Buffalo, and we need to select a trophy out of a herd of 500+ animals. Solid bullets can exit the target Buffalo, and wound a second Buffalo.

If you don’t have a buffalo-suitable rifle, you can rent a rifle locally from .375 and up. There are also suitable repeating rifles available for the plains game.

Binoculars and equipment: 8 × 30 or 10 × 40, camera, knife, multi-tool, sun glasses.

Clothing:

Two pairs of canvas shoes that let water out again, quick-drying sports socks to prevent blisters, long cotton pants that can possibly be tucked into ankle boots, alternatively quick-drying gaiters or rubber rings to seal the bottom from the ever-present leeches in the water. They aren’t dangerous, but can be unpleasant. Long-sleeved lightweight cotton shirts, preferably in dark green, olive or brown is best, PLEASE NO light colour Khakis, as game can then pick up movement much easier. in colour, good also in camouflage colours, hat or cap. A second belt that isn’t threaded through the loops of pants but is worn over them. All of the “belt equipment” like a bullet case, knife, tool and camera can then easily be carried around the neck when the water gets deep. Essential kit is a wide brimmed hat, long trousers, gloves to prevent being cut by the saw grass and fast draining footwear that provides good ankle support, a bug mask in your kit won’t hurt either. Zip of pants are ideal for hunting in Mozambique.

Fitness:

Since buffalos can hardly be tracked in the dense vegetation, a lot of running is the exception. However, you should be able to do some walking. If not, then let us know before hand of any medical or physical issues, so that we can plan accordingly.

Health:

Mozambique is a Malaria area & clients must take precautions. Please consult your Doctor when and if Malaria Prophylaxis in needed, as well as effective mosquito repellent, also a face mask and lightweight, quick-drying gloves against mosquitoes. It’s recommended to visit your doctor before you start your journey. Make sure that you do bring with you enough and extra personal medication, as the hunting areas are remote.

Hunting season:

Officially from April 1 to November 30. We hunt from July 1 to November 30 because of the large amounts of water – the rainy season usually ends in April. If you only want to hunt buffalo, you can also come at the start of the hunting season. If you want to hunt other game as well, then it’s better to come when the high grass has burnt away. You see a lot more plains game then. 

Species available:

Bush pig, Cape Buffalo, Chacma Baboon, Chobe Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck, Crocodile, Livingstone Eland, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Oribi, Red duiker, Sable, Suni, Warthog, Waterbuck and Yellow baboon.

Packages:

Packages are payable in full 30 days prior to the hunt. As they are sold at a discounted rate, in the unlikely event of the package trophies not being taken, no portion of the package is refundable.

Keep in mind, that on any packages, you can take a second or third Buffalo at a better price!!

Deposits:

A 50% deposit on the daily rate or 50% of the total cost of a hunting package is required to confirm the booking. The balance is payable 30 days prior to your safari. In the event of a cancellation, deposit is liable to forfeiture if we are unable to contract another safari to replace your booking and quota.

Needed for Mozambique:

  1. Visa (Issued before arrival in Mozambique).
  2. A scanned colour copy of your passport.
  3. A scanned colour copy of a passport size photograph.
  4. A scanned copy of your US Customs form 4457 / Firearm License – which states the firearm details that you are bringing with you on your safari.
    Please make sure the following is clearly written:
  5. Make of firearm
  6.  Calibre of firearm
  7. Serial Number of firearm
  8. Rifle permits cost $220.00 / firearm

The above information (passport, photo & gun license / 4457) must reach us at least 12 weeks before your hunt.

Customs & Immigration:

With regards to Visa’s - the rules & regulations for your entry into Mozambique have now changed – the visa that used to be bought on arrival in Beira, now has to be applied for before your arrival in Mozambique. Please do this 60 Days before departure from home. They state on the website that it only takes a few days to be issued, but I’d rather be on the safe side & give them more time than needed.

This link tells you whether you have a Mozambique Embassy  in your country:- //www.embassypages.com/mozambique - if you don’t have an embassy in your country, you will be allowed to apply for your visa on arrival in Mozambique.
 
Details of the Embassy in the USA:-
//www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy6648/
Details of the Embassy in Germany: -
//www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy6640/
Details of the Embassy in Belgium: -
//www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy6642/

Submit an original passport, valid for at least 6 months from date of submission and have at least 1 blank page for a visa stamp (amendment pages are not acceptable).

Fill out the visa application form. //www.embamoc-usa.org/images/downloads/visaform.pdf

Submit 1 passport-sized photograph or for first-time applicants or those who had visas issued before August 1998, 2 passport-sized photographs.

Include a self-addressed registered or pre-paid air bill (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS Priority mail with tracking number ONLY) if processed visas are to be returned by mail or courier.

(Craig Boddington highly recommends using G3 Visa’s & Passports - //www.globalpassport.com/)

Payments must be made by money order (UNITED STATES OR CANADIAN DOLLARS ONLY), payable to the Embassy of Mozambique.

No personal checks or cash will be accepted.

The fee is non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the application or in case of withdrawal of the application.

No fee is required for official and diplomatic passports, but a diplomatic note is required.

Please Note:

Coutada 14 hunting area is operated by Nyati Safaris ltd (Mozambique) which belongs to the Wicker Family, but we have hunting rights from management of Nyati Safaris ltd.