Information about Mashambanzou Safaris

Seasons

 

The hunting season in Mozambique is from June to November. This is to ensure that the rains do not affect the hunting.

Prior to Arrival

Clients must provide the following documentation at least 3 months prior to the hunt:
●  2 copies of passport photos
●  2 copies of passport
●  Rifle information (make, serial number and caliber) for each rifle
●  Copy of weapon license for each weapon. In the event that your native country does not require a license for the chosen weapon(s), then a document signed by a commissioner of oaths (notary public) to say you are the rightful owner will suffice.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event the above requirements are not received at least three (3) months prior to the start date of your safari, Mashambanzou Safaris cannot be held responsible for any disruptions that might develop.

A maximum of 60 bullets per weapon are allowed into the country for your safari.

Transport

Prior to your arrival in Johannesburg it is advisable to have a company assist you with the clearance of your weapons. We advise the use of the Afton Guest House or AIR2000, both companies are fantastic and will assist you in getting through customs in Johannesburg. Note if you are in transit or in South Africa for less than 24 hours you can leave your luggage in transit and collect at your final destination.

Upon your arrival in Beira your PH (Professional Hunter) will be there to meet and greet you as well as ensuring your weapons are cleared quickly and efficiently. You will have more than enough time to get into camp while the sun is up and enjoy an ice cold sundowner chatting about the plans for the up and coming hunt. Our offices are located in the Airport complex of the Beira Airport and we have a good relationship with Customs and the Police to ensure all problems can be swiftly handled should anything arise.

Please Note: Charter fights can be arranged prior to arrival; we encourage the use of charter flights to the various camps as the roads can be rough at times. All charter flights are via Cessna 206 aircraft. Within the hunting areas we make use of Toyota Land Cruiser 4 wheel drive vehicles to locate game. While hunting out of our Zambezi camp we have various motor boats to travel up and down the river. At times we use traditional Mokoros to work our way through the shallows and maze of reeds to get up close to the chosen quarry which is sure to make your African adventure that much more special.

Airport Taxes

 

All tourists need to pay arrival and departure taxes at the airports in Mozambique. Make sure that you have cash with you. We will assist you in doing this.

The Hunt

A typical day starts with you being woken up well before dawn and enjoying a hot cup of coffee along with either a continental breakfast, full English breakfast or anything else you desire. A packed lunch is normally enjoyed in the field. The vehicle has a cool box with food and beverages. Most hunting is generally done by spot and stalk, or walk and stalk methods.

Trophies

The trophies will be field prepared in the camp, ready for transportation to the taxidermist, who will prepare them for export to our nominated taxidermist from where it is routed to the final destinations you prescribe.

We use EMIAC LDA based in Chimoio Mozambique, for all dip and pack of trophies. They are unquestionably the best option with what is a difficult and tricky process, including staying up-to-date with the requirements of the US Fish and Wildlife Service procedures and regulations. Trophy Exports LDA specializes in this service, to include all export permits and shipping documents. All dip and pack prices are quoted separately. Please contact us for up-to-date pricing.

Clothing

We recommend clothing in a dark green, dull green or dark khaki colours, preferably made of cotton or a similar fabric. It is not illegal to use camouflage clothing as long as it is mossy oak or the likes and not of military camouflage. We do provide a daily laundry service so it’s unnecessary to bring too many items of clothing.

3 pairs of long trousers
3 pairs of shorts
3 pairs of long sleeved shirts
3 pairs of short sleeved shirts
1 hunting jacket (for the cool mornings)
1 warm sweater for evening wear
Very light weight rain gear/coverall
2 pairs of well worn light hunting shoes/boots (canvas or leather) not waterproof.
1 pair of tennis shoes or slippers ( to use in camp)
1 wide brimmed hat
1 set of light sleepwear
6 pairs of socks
underwear

Weapons and Ammo

We recommend you bring a 30 calibre weapon for all plains game and cats. For thick skinned dangerous game like buffalo and elephant, the minimum calibre allowed in Mozambique is .375. However we recommend something in the 416 calibre provided the client can handle the weapon adequately. For a single weapon all round safari a good scoped 375 should be plenty big enough. Bear in mind the rifle should be transported on the airline in a solid hard case. For daily use while in the field we would suggest that you bring a soft case to protect the rifle.

Every hunter has his/her own brand of ammunition and more often than not isn’t prepared to listen to anyone who doesn’t share the same views as they do. African game is tough and requires a well constructed soft point bullet or jacketed solid to do the trick. We have found that Swift A-Frame bullets in our opinion are the best around for almost any situation. Trophy bonded bear claw also work well along with the different X bullets. Note that you must stay away from X bullets when hunting cats. Nosler bullets do not work, but only in the larger caliber on the smaller animals however it is a good bullet to use on cats.

There are many good solid bullets on the market, any good jacketed solid from a reputable maker will do fine. Please bear in mind that these are our personal and professional opinions and don’t want to get into any debates as to who’s bullets are better than who’s.

Meals and Drinks

We supply great home cooked meals. Mostly venison of animals taken on the safari. If you have any allergies please advise us 3 months in advance to allow us to cater to you specific needs.

We provide local beers, South African wines and soft drinks along with a basic range of spirits in camp. Please note that if you want any special spirits in camp you will be required to bring it in with you.

Forms

All clients will be required to sign an indemnity form and questionnaire prior to their arrival in Mozambique and fax or email it back to us at least one month before the commencement of the safari.
Download Indemnity Form here
Download Questionnaire Form here
Download Global Rescue Form here

Health

Our camps are well equipped with first aid kits, but we still suggest that you bring any medication recommended by your own doctor.
You may also want to include, Tablets for headache, Tablets for diarrhea, Bandaids, Antibiotics, Insect spray, Talcum power and Eye drops.

 

Be sure to bring some high factor sun screen, as well as a lip balm with sun factor. A stick or spray to soothe itching after insect bites is also a good idea. Preferably a repellant, with a high DEET percentage.

Insurance


We recommend you take out both medical and travel insurance before departure.

We've partnered up with Global Rescue who is internationally recognized by thousands of hunters worldwide as the leading provider of advisory, field rescue and evacuation services. In a serious emergency, getting yourself to the nearest hospital or landing strip might not be possible. Global Rescue is the only company that will conduct a Field Rescue, no matter how remote, and will provide, arrange and pay for a medical evacuation to your home hospital of choice, anywhere in the world. Please click the image below for more information.

Communications and Emergencies

Each camp is equipped  with an iridium satellite phone in case of an emergency. We encourage clients to hire their own phone prior to the safari if they wish to be able to call home on the hunt. Some camps have regular cell network capabilities.

In the case of an emergency, we can call in an air evacuation. We have bush landing strips within close proximity of all camps.

Visas and Passports


A visa for Mozambique is required by all foreign citizens. We take care of this for you at the airport, during entry into Mozambique. All visitors arriving in Mozambique must have a passport which is valid for at least a further 6 months after the date of arrival in Mozambique. The visa cost is roughly US$70.00 (per visa new bio metric type).

Currency


Please be advised that we only accept US$ in cash, not travelers cheques, as they are not accepted in Mozambique. We also advise you bring a few smaller denominations with you in case you wish to purchase curios etc.

 

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