Southern Mozambique’s conservation areas promise the visitor a breath-taking experience of the very best of Africa in a pristine environment. The area boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the continent, pounding surf and windswept dunes, serene lagoons and shallow coastal lakes as well as wild savannah, ancestral baobabs and incredible forests. All that and wildlife too – from elephants to ants and everything in-between.
In Mozambique, Peace Parks and partners are striving for sustainability, whether in the clear waters and pristine beaches of the Ponta Do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve or the vast wilderness of Limpopo National Park. There are some tourism spots, such as Ponta Membene, but they are low-impact which is great news for the environment, the wildlife and the tourists. Campsites and luxury lodges are being developed that are sensitive to the environment and wildlife too.
Banhine National Park is in southern Mozambique. The 700 000 ha park features extensive plains and flood areas which form crystal clear lagoons that are an important passage point for migratory birds that flock there during the rainy season. From up high it is easier to get an idea of this vast open savannah, mopane and miombo forests.
An ongoing rewilding programme in Zinave National park has seen herbivores like impala brought back, including 160 elephant. And soon predators will be brought back in order balance the ecosystem. Out of all the parks Zinave has the capacity to hold the most animals, so there is plenty of room for lots more to come, including leopard and lion.
At 1 million ha in size, Limpopo National Park offers a truly wild experience. With the Shingwedzi flowing through its heart, and populated with a wide range of wildlife, it stands for adventure without boundaries.
Peace Parks Foundation helps support the sustainable development of five conservation areas within the Great Limpopo and the Lubombo transfrontier conservation areas. It’s a mammoth task and just part of the Peace Parks mission for the next decade – to rewild and restore 10 million hectares of conservation space and support 1 000 000 people with opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.