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
Mozambique Bird Page
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Other Nature Pages

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Landscapes in Mozambique

Sunset
Sunset. (447k)
Sunset
Sunset. (503k)
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. (1089k)
Wasp Nests Baobab
Wasp nests on a Baobab. (1167k)
Small Wasp Nest Fallen
Small wasp nest, fallen off the Baobab. (997k)
Megaponera analis
Raiding party of Matabele Ants (Megaponera analis), returning from a raid on a termite nest Matabele Ants, carrying their termite prey. (922k)
Megaponera analis
Close-up of the Matabele Ants (Megaponera analis). (904k)
Apis mellifera scutellata
African Honey Bee hive (Apis mellifera scutellata, german: Ostafrikanische Hochlandbiene, french: Abeille africaine). (1017k)
Beetles Devouring Flowers Completely
These beetles were devouring the flowers completely. (610k)
Male Dung Beetle Rolling
A male dung beetle rolling a ball of dung. The beetle is head down and rolling the ball with his back legs. (1295k)
Barnacles
Barnacles. (972k)
Marine Mollusk
Marine mollusk. (1056k)
Stranded Jellyfish
Stranded jellyfish. (637k)
Physalia physalis
Portuguese Man-of-war (Physalia physalis, german: Portugiesische Galeere, french: Galère portugaise). The body was about 5 cm (2.0") long. (1180k)
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. (810k)
Ocypode sp.
Ghost Crab (Ocypode sp., french: Crabes fantômes). (772k)
Ocypode sp.
Ghost Crab (Ocypode sp., french: Crabes fantômes). (1341k)
Ghost Crab Burrow
Ghost Crab and its burrow. (980k)
Millipede
Millipede. (881k)
Hyperolius marmoratus
Marbled Reed Frog (Hyperolius marmoratus). (694k)
Hyperolius argus
Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus). (677k)
Hyperolius argus
Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus). (589k)
Hyperolius sp.
Reed Frog (Hyperolius sp.). (765k)
Cheloctonus jonesii
Black Scorpion (Cheloctonus jonesii). (1238k)
Python sebae
African Rock Python (Python sebae, german: Nördlicher Felsenpython, french: Python de Seba). This python was huge, probably about 5-6 m (16-20 ft) long. (1409k)
Python sebae
African Rock Python (Python sebae, german: Nördlicher Felsenpython, french: Python de Seba). (843k)
Python sebae
Head of the African Rock Python (Python sebae, german: Nördlicher Felsenpython, french: Python de Seba). (775k)
Size Comparison Python
Size comparison of the python. (1490k)
Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus
Southern Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus, german: Südliche Grünmeerkatze). (1104k)
Papio cynocephalus
Female Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus, german: Steppenpavian, french: Babouin jaune). (1142k)
Papio cynocephalus
Male Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus, german: Steppenpavian, french: Babouin jaune). (979k)
Papio ursinus griseipes
Grayfoot Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). (663k)
Papio ursinus griseipes
Grayfoot Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). (1043k)
Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii
Running group of Southern Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (1100k)
Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii
Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (943k)
Cephalophus natalensis
Red Forest Duiker (Cephalophus natalensis, german: Rotducker, french: Céphalophe du Natal). (1223k)
Sylvicapra grimmia caffra
Grey Grey Common Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia caffra, german: Kronenducker, french: Céphalophe de Grimm). (757k)
Raphicerus campestris campestris
Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris, german: Steinböckchen). (1013k)
Ourebia ourebi
Male Oribi (Ourebia ourebi, german: Südliches Oribi, french: Ourébi). (1060k)
Ourebia ourebi
Female Oribi (Ourebia ourebi, german: Südliches Oribi, french: Ourébi). (995k)
Raphicerus campestris campestris
Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris, german: Steinböckchen). (1164k)
Common Impala Harem Male
Common Impala harem, one male (left) with a harem of females. (1070k)
Aepyceros melampus melampus
Female Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). (813k)
Baby Common Impala
Baby Common Impala. (786k)
Aepyceros melampus melampus
Female Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala) with baby. (825k)
Aepyceros melampus melampus
Male Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). (1268k)
Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus
Male Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus, french: Guib harnaché). (578k)
Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus
Female Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus, french: Guib harnaché). (1232k)
Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus
Female Southern Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus, french: Guib harnaché) crossing the road in front of us. (943k)
Redunca arundinum arundinum
Female and male Common Reedbucks (Redunca arundinum arundinum, german: Großriedbock). (750k)
Redunca arundinum arundinum
Male Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum, german: Großriedbock). (1344k)
Redunca arundinum arundinum
Male Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum, german: Großriedbock). (725k)
Tragelaphus angasii
Herd of Female Nyalas (Tragelaphus angasii, german: Flachland-Nyala, french: Nyala) hiding in the forest. (722k)
Tragelaphus angasii
Female Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii, german: Flachland-Nyala, french: Nyala). (1026k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus
Large herd of Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (846k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus
Female Ringed Waterbucks (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1027k)
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. (1053k)
Alcelaphus buselaphus lichtensteinii
Herd of Lichtenstein's Hartebeests (Alcelaphus buselaphus lichtensteinii, german: Lichtenstein-Antilope, french: Bubale de Lichtenstein) hiding in the forest. (1091k)
Hippotragus niger niger
Southern Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger niger, german: Rappenantilope, french: Hippotrague noir). (922k)
Connochaetes taurinus taurinus
Herd of Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (924k)
Connochaetes taurinus taurinus
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (971k)
Equus quagga chapmani
Chapman's Zebras (Equus quagga chapmani, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Chapman). (676k)
Equus quagga crawshayi
Crawshay's Zebra (Equus quagga crawshayi, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Crawshay). (1020k)
Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros
Male Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (1277k)
Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa
Group of South African Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe du Cap). (830k)
Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa
Female South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe du Cap) with young. (1078k)
Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa
South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe du Cap). (1169k)
Syncerus caffer caffer
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). As usual they were staring at us. (896k)
Syncerus caffer caffer
Female Cape Buffalo with calf (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). (899k)
Crocodylus niloticus cowiei
Southern African Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus cowiei, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (1177k)
Hippopotamus amphibius
Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie). (767k)
Hippopotamus amphibius
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) showing off his teeth. (611k)
Hippos Covered Mud
Hippos covered in mud. (663k)
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. (1460k)
Loxodonta africana
Herd of African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (644k)
Loxodonta africana
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (1245k)
Agitated Elephant
Agitated elephant. (1211k)
Agitated Elephant Charging
Agitated elephant charging us. (1216k)
Loxodonta africana
Female African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) with baby. (1152k)
Panthera leo melanochaita
Female Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion), left, with two almost grown cubs. (900k)

Movie

Dung Beetle Rolling Dung
Dung Beetle rolling a dung ball. (5.6M)

Flora in Mozambique

Pennisetum purpureum
Elephant Grass (Pennisetum purpureum, german: Napiergras, french: Cenchrus purpureus). (1299k)
Flowering Sedge
Flowering sedge. (1081k)
Ipomoea sp.
Morning Glory (Ipomoea sp., german: Prunkwinden, french: Ipomée). (867k)
Hibiscus sp.
Hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sp., german: Hibiskus). (933k)
Helichrysum conglobatum
Flower (Helichrysum conglobatum, german: Strohblumen). (640k)
Flower Stands
Flower stands. (1375k)
Lily
Lily. (634k)
Scadoxus puniceus
Paintbrush Lily (Scadoxus puniceus). (752k)
Scadoxus multiflorus
Blood Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus, german: Blutblume). (866k)
Plant Large Balls Fruits
Plant with large balls as fruits. (916k)
Oncoba spinosa
Fried Egg Tree (Oncoba spinosa). (1011k)
Oncoba spinosa
Flower of the Fried Egg Tree (Oncoba spinosa). (700k)
Strychnos spinosa
Massala Tree (Strychnos spinosa, german: Brechnüsse). The fruits are tennis-ball sized balls. According to my guide the fruits ripen after they fall off the tree. (1484k)
Inquaqua Tree Fruits Similar
Inquaqua Tree, the fruits are similar to the Massala Tree, but they ripen on the tree. (1208k)
Afzelia quanzensis
Pod Mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis). (1280k)
Delonix regia
Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia, german: Flammenbaum, french: Flamboyant). (1012k)
African Ebony Tree
African Ebony tree. (979k)
Vachellia xanthophloea
Yellow Fever Tree (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (1030k)
Vachellia xanthophloea
Yellow Fever Tree forest (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (903k)
Hyphaene coriacea
Stand of Lala Palms (Hyphaene coriacea, german: Doumpalmen). (1068k)
Hyphaene coriacea
Lala Palm (Hyphaene coriacea, german: Doumpalmen). (919k)
Borassus aethiopum
African Fan Palm (Borassus aethiopum, german: Äthiopische Palmyrapalme, french: Palmier rônier). (874k)
Adansonia digitata
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (1206k)
Adansonia digitata
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (1355k)
Flower Baobab
Flower of Baobab. (1073k)

Underwater in Mozambique

Don't Know
Don't know what this is. (555k)
Nudibranch
Nudibranch. (670k)
Starfish
Starfish. (793k)
Stenopus hispidus
Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus, french: Grande crevette nettoyeuse). (757k)
Pterocaesio chrysozona
School of fish. In the forground are three Goldband Fusiliers (Pterocaesio chrysozona, french: Fusilier à bande jaune) with the horzontal yellow stripe. (409k)
Fish Hiding Sponge
Fish hiding in a sponge. (646k)
Fish
Fish. (675k)
Dascyllus trimaculatus
Threespot Dascyllus (Dascyllus trimaculatus, german: Dreifleck-Preußenfisch, french: Demoiselle à trois points). (810k)
Ostorhinchus aureus
Ring-tailed Cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus aureus, german: Schwarzbinden-Kardinalbarsch, french: Apogon aureus), with horzontal black stripe through the eye. (1097k)
Chaetodon blackburnii
Blackburn's Butterflyfish (Chaetodon blackburnii). (537k)
Fish
Fish. (632k)
Diodontidae gen.
Porcupinefish (Diodontidae gen., german: Igelfische). (682k)
Zanclus cornutus
Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus, german: Halfterfisch, french: Zancle cornu). (607k)
Balistoides conspicillum
Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum, german: Leopard-Drückerfisch, french: Baliste clown). (410k)
Torpedo sinuspersici
Marbled Electric Ray (Torpedo sinuspersici) hiding in the sand. (466k)
Papilloculiceps longiceps
Tentacled Flathead (Papilloculiceps longiceps, french: Poisson-crocodile tapis). (790k)
Pterois miles
Indian Lionfish (Pterois miles, german: Indischer Rotfeuerfisch, french: rascasse volante de l'océan Indien). (393k)
Rhincodon typus
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus, german: Walhai, french: Requin-baleine). (199k)
Rhincodon typus
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus, german: Walhai, french: Requin-baleine). (486k)

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