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. It was an impressive sight.

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

Landscapes in Mozambique

Sunset
Sunset. (447k)
Sunset
Sunset. (503k)
Beach Maputo Special
Beach in the Maputo Special Reserve. (450k)

Wildlife in Mozambique

Termite Mound Sandy
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
Small wasp nest, fallen off the Baobab. (997k)
Raiding Party Matabele
Raiding party of Matabele Ants (Megaponera analis), returning from a raid on a termite nest Matabele Ants, carrying their termite prey. (922k)
Close-up Matabele Ants
Close-up of the Matabele Ants (Megaponera analis). (904k)
African Honey Bee
African Honey Bee hive (Apis mellifera scutellata, german: Ostafrikanische Hochlandbiene, french: Abeille africaine). (1017k)
Beetles Devouring Flowers
These beetles were devouring the flowers completely. (610k)
Male Dung Beetle
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)
Portuguese Man-of-war Physalia
Portuguese Man-of-war (Physalia physalis, german: Portugiesische Galeere, french: Galère portugaise). The body was about 5 cm (2.0") long. (1180k)
Portuguese Man-of-war Physalia
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)
Ghost Crab Ocypode
Ghost Crab (Ocypode sp.). (772k)
Ghost Crab Ocypode
Ghost Crab (Ocypode sp.). (1341k)
Ghost Crab Burrow
Ghost Crab and its burrow. (980k)
Millipede
Millipede. (881k)
Marbled Reed Frog
Marbled Reed Frog (Hyperolius marmoratus). (694k)
Argus Reed Frog
Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus). (677k)
Argus Reed Frog
Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus). (589k)
Reed Frog Hyperolius
Reed Frog (Hyperolius sp.). (765k)
Black Scorpion Cheloctonus
Black Scorpion (Cheloctonus jonesii). (1238k)
African Rock Python
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)
African Rock Python
African Rock Python (Python sebae, german: Nördlicher Felsenpython, french: Python de Seba). (843k)
Head African Rock
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)
Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus
Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus, german: Südliche Grünmeerkatze, french: Vervet bleu). (1104k)
Female Yellow Baboon
Female Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus, german: Steppenpavian, french: Babouin jaune). (1142k)
Male Yellow Baboon
Male Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus, german: Steppenpavian, french: Babouin jaune). (979k)
Chacma Baboon Papio
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). (663k)
Chacma Baboon Papio
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). (1043k)
Running Group Warthogs
Running group of Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (1100k)
Warthog Phacochoerus Africanus
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (943k)
Red Forest Duiker
Red Forest Duiker (Cephalophus natalensis, german: Rotducker, french: Céphalophe du Natal). (1223k)
Common Duiker Sylvicapra
Common Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia, german: Kronenducker, french: Céphalophe de Grimm). (757k)
Steenbok Raphicerus Campestris
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris, german: Steinböckchen, french: Steenbok). (1013k)
Male Oribi Ourebia
Male Oribi (Ourebia ourebi, german: Oribi, french: Ourébi). (1060k)
Female Oribi Ourebia
Female Oribi (Ourebia ourebi, german: Oribi, french: Ourébi). (995k)
Steenbok Raphicerus Campestris
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris, german: Steinböckchen, french: Steenbok). (1164k)
Impala Harem Male
Impala harem, one male (left) with a harem of females. (1070k)
Female Impala Aepyceros
Female Impala (Aepyceros melampus, german: Impala, french: Impala). (813k)
Baby Impala
Baby Impala. (786k)
Female Impala Aepyceros
Female Impala (Aepyceros melampus, german: Impala, french: Impala) with baby. (825k)
Male Impala Aepyceros
Male Impala (Aepyceros melampus, german: Impala, french: Impala). (1268k)
Male Kéwel Bushbuck
Male Kéwel Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché). (578k)
Female Kéwel Bushbuck
Female Kéwel Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché). (1232k)
Female Kéwel Bushbuck
Female Kéwel Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché) crossing the road in front of us. (943k)
Female Male Southern
Female and male Southern Reedbucks (Redunca arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (750k)
Male Southern Reedbuck
Male Southern Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (1344k)
Male Southern Reedbuck
Male Southern Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (725k)
Herd Female Nyalas
Herd of Female Nyalas (Tragelaphus angasii, german: Flachland-Nyala, french: Nyala) hiding in the forest. (722k)
Female Nyala Tragelaphus
Female Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii, german: Flachland-Nyala, french: Nyala). (1026k)
Large Herd Waterbuck
Large herd of Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (846k)
Female Waterbucks Kobus
Female Waterbucks (Kobus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1027k)
Male Waterbuck Kobus
Male Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). Notice the "toilet seat" marking on his rear end. (1053k)
Herd Hartebeest Alcelaphus
Herd of Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus, german: Nordafrikanische Kuhantilope, french: Bubale roux) hiding in the forest. (1091k)
Sable Antelope Hippotragus
Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger, german: Rappenantilope, french: Hippotrague noir). (922k)
Herd Blue Wildebeest
Herd of Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (924k)
Blue Wildebeest Connochaetes
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (971k)
Burchell's Zebras Equus
Burchell's Zebras (Equus quagga burchellii, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Burchell (sous-espèce)). (676k)
Crawshay's Zebra Equus
Crawshay's Zebra (Equus quagga crawshayi, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Crawshay). (1020k)
Male Greater Kudu
Male Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (1277k)
Group South African
Group of South African Giraffes (Giraffa giraffa, french: Girafe du Cap). (830k)
Female South African
Female South African Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa, french: Girafe du Cap) with young. (1078k)
South African Giraffe
South African Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa, french: Girafe du Cap). (1169k)
African Buffalo Syncerus
African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). As usual they were staring at us. (896k)
Female African Buffalo
Female African Buffalo with calf (Syncerus caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). (899k)
Nile Crocodile Crocodylus
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (1177k)
Hippopotamuses Hippopotamus Amphibius
Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie). (767k)
Hippopotamus 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
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)
Herd African Bush
Herd of African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (644k)
African Bush Elephant
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)
Female African Bush
Female African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) with baby. (1152k)
Female Lion Panthera
Female Lion (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion), left, with two almost grown cubs. (900k)

Movie

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

Flora in Mozambique

Elephant Grass Pennisetum
Elephant Grass (Pennisetum purpureum, german: Napiergras, french: Cenchrus purpureus). (1299k)
Flowering Sedge
Flowering sedge. (1081k)
Flower
Flower. (867k)
Hibiscus Flower Hibiscus
Hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sp., german: Hibiskus). (933k)
Flowers
Flowers. (640k)
Flower Stands
Flower stands. (1375k)
Lily
Lily. (634k)
Paintbrush Lily Scadoxus
Paintbrush Lily (Scadoxus puniceus). (752k)
Blood Lily Scadoxus
Blood Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus, german: Blutblume). (866k)
Plant Large Balls
Plant with large balls as fruits. (916k)
Fried Egg Tree
Fried Egg Tree (Oncoba spinosa). (1011k)
Flower Fried Egg
Flower of the Fried Egg Tree (Oncoba spinosa). (700k)
Massala Tree Strychnos
Massala Tree (Strychnos spinosa). The fruits are tennis-ball sized balls. According to my guide the fruits ripen after they fall off the tree. (1484k)
Inquaqua Tree Fruits
Inquaqua Tree, the fruits are similar to the Massala Tree, but they ripen on the tree. (1208k)
Pod Mahogany Afzelia
Pod Mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis). (1280k)
Flamboyant Tree Delonix
Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia, german: Flammenbaum, french: Flamboyant). (1012k)
African Ebony Tree
African Ebony tree. (979k)
Yellow Fever Tree
Yellow Fever Tree (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (1030k)
Yellow Fever Tree
Yellow Fever Tree forest (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (903k)
Stand Lala Palms
Stand of Lala Palms (Hyphaene coriacea). (1068k)
Lala Palm Hyphaene
Lala Palm (Hyphaene coriacea). (919k)
African Fan Palm
African Fan Palm (Borassus aethiopum, german: Äthiopische Palmyrapalme, french: Palmier rônier). (874k)
African Baobab Adansonia
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (1206k)
African Baobab Adansonia
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)
Banded Coral Shrimp
Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus, french: Grande crevette nettoyeuse). (757k)
School Fishin Forground
School of fish.In the forground are three Fusiliers (Pterocaesio sp.) with the horzontal yellow stripe. (409k)
Fish Hiding Sponge
Fish hiding in a sponge. (646k)
Fish
Fish. (675k)
Threespot Dascyllus Dascyllus
Threespot Dascyllus (Dascyllus trimaculatus, german: Dreifleck-Preußenfisch, french: Demoiselle à trois points). (810k)
Ring-tailed Cardinalfish Ostorhinchus
Ring-tailed Cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus aureus, german: Schwarzbinden-Kardinalbarsch, french: Apogon aureus), with horzontal black stripe through the eye. (1097k)
Blackburn's Butterflyfish Chaetodon
Blackburn's Butterflyfish (Chaetodon blackburnii). (537k)
Fish
Fish. (632k)
Porcupinefish Diodontidae Gen
Porcupinefish (Diodontidae gen., german: Igelfische). (682k)
Moorish Idol Zanclus
Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus, german: Halfterfisch, french: Zancle cornu). (607k)
Clown Triggerfish Balistoides
Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum, german: Leopard-Drückerfisch, french: Baliste clown). (410k)
Marbled Electric Ray
Marbled Electric Ray (Torpedo sinuspersici) hiding in the sand. (466k)
Crocodilefish Cymbacephalus Beauforti
Crocodilefish (Cymbacephalus beauforti, german: Braunkopf-Plattkopf, french: Poisson-crocodile de Beaufort). (790k)
Red Lionfish Pterois
Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans, german: Pazifischer Rotfeuerfisch, french: Poisson-scorpion). (393k)
Whale Shark Rhincodon
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus, german: Walhai, french: Requin-baleine). (199k)
Whale Shark Rhincodon
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus, german: Walhai, french: Requin-baleine). (486k)

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