Gorongosa Mountain – Central Mozambique Hot

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Gorongosa Mountain, situated in Sofala Province of Central Mozambique is by far the best place to locate and view some of the regions most sought after birds, and is the only place known in Mozambique to view the Green-Headed Oriole.

Gorongosa Mountain is without a doubt one of Mozambique’s birding hotspots and by entering into the forest and sitting patiently, bird parties containing several priority species may be viewed, including Chirnda Apalis, White-tailed Crested-Flycatcher and Black-fronted Bush-shrike En-route to the forest and while walking through the moist montane grasslands, Variable Sunbird, Orange-winged Pytilia, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Moustached Grass Warbler and Anchieta’s Tchagra are also regularly sighted.

rural homestead on gorongosa mountain by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

1 of 6. Rural homestead on the slopes of Gorongosa Mountain.

variable sunbird on gorongosa by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

2 of 6. Male Variable Sunbird.

mist belt forest on gorongosa mountain by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

3 of 6. The incredible interior of the mist-belt forest on Gorongosa Mountain.

lizard buzzard by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

4 of 6. Lizard Buzzard.

livingstones turaco by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

5 of 6. Livingstone's Turaco

bananna plantations on gorongosa mountain by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

6 of 6. Bannana Plantations growing on the slopes of Gorongosa Mountain. 

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Early to mid-morning
Type of Photography
Bird Photography
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
Gorongosa Mountain is best visited with one of the guides as listed below. Access is via a long often-slippery muddy 4x4 track that leads to a disembarking point. From here, a reasonable level of fitness is needed to walk the remaining distance of about 3km. Mist and light rain regularly occurs and so it is best to ensure adequate protection for all gear. Mornings are generally best for locating birding parties that mostly remain in the high canopy. Once entering the forest, the best manner to locate the birds is through stopping regularly to listen for their calls. Several priority species usually occur in a single birding party and it is worth spending time following these birds for as long as possible. Please respect the local communities living around the forest at all times.
Recommended Gear
Long telephoto lenses mounted on the camera body together with a carry sling to help ease handling is suggested. A flash can also be useful for photographing in the shady patches of the forest. Wide-angled zoom lenses are suggested for taking landscape images of the forest.

Footnotes

Season and Weather
Temperatures are warm to hot throughout the year while evenings and nights may be cool to cold during the winter months. Thunderstorms occur mainly during the summer. Remember that this is a MALARIA area.
Other Activities
Birding
Guide/s Available
Etienne Marais – Indicator Birding (www.birding.co.za)
Gorongosa Adventures Camp. (Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Location

Closest Town
Getting There
Gorongosa Mountain lies off the EN1 north of Gorongosa National Park and the town of Gorongosa. It is highly advisable to travel to the mountain with a guide.

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Peter Chadwick
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About
As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.