There are six national parks in Mozambique, including one off shore and one coastal park. The country went through decades of civil war in the late 20th century, and as a result the national parks infrastructure was depleted, with wildlife poached and habitat destroyed. While Mozambique is certainly on the up as a safari destination, the national parks there don’t have large amounts of game on offer to view, though on the plus side it’s an extremely peaceful and low-level tourist destination, and has some of the best marine parks in Africa nestled in the stunning Indian Ocean coast.
Use the above map to locate national parks in Mozambique. Click the safari icons to see more info about each national park and zoom and scroll the map for more details. Read overviews of each Mozambique national park below.
Top National Parks in Mozambique
Bazaruto National Park
An offshore national park made up of islands and a protected area of turquoise Indian Ocean, famed for it’s coral reef, dugongs and tropical fish. The Bazaruto archipelago is made up of 5 islands between 10km to 25km from the mainland coast.
Gorongoza National Park
A resurgent national park, thanks in part to the US-based Carr Foundation who are helping in the running of the park. Floodplains, savanna and woodlands make up the scenery that’s home to increasing numbers of wildlife and over 300 species of bird-life.
Limpopo National Park
Along with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Ghonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, the Limpopo National Park makes up part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park – an unfenced area for animals to roam between countries and including border posts for the formalities for humans. Whilst the Mozambique side of the park still doesn’t compare with the South Africa part, it’s still work a visit – perhaps in transit between the two countries.
Quirimbas National Park
25 islands and islets covering 400km along the Mozambique coast make up the Quirimbas archipelago, the southern end of which is a national park, along with a strip of adjacent mainland coast. Aside from the picture postcard paradise beaches and waters, sea life is teeming and provides excellent snorkeling and diving.
As soon as you’re off the main roads in Mozambique, or in the fr north you’ll struggle to access any national parks with out a high clearance 4WD jeep or car. There are a limited number of safari tour companies in Mozambique, but you will need to research them if you want to visit the island or marine parks Mozambique has to offer.
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