Mphingwe Camp – Central Mozambique Hot

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Mphingwe Camp is the perfect base-camp from which to venture out and explore exciting Mozambique birding hotspots in the lowland forests of Catapu and along the Zambezi River near Caia. The comfortable camp is located in the Sofala Province of Central Mozambique. Birding in and around the camp itself also provides opportunity for viewing several highly sought after species.

Mphingwe camp has been carefully built within the dense lowland forest and open woodland areas, allowing birds and wildlife to still move freely within the camps boundaries. The placing of a number of birdbaths attracts numerous species such as red-throated twinspot, green-winged pytilia, green-backed woodpecker, scaly-throated honeyguide, eastern nicator and tambourine doves amongst many others. The added advantage is that the birds have become used to human presence, allowing close approach and excellent photographic opportunities.

green winged pytilia by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

1of 6. Male Green-winged Pytilia

sombre greenbul by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

2 of 6. Sombre Greenbul.

Mphingwe camp by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

3 of 6. Mphingwe Camp

green backed woodpecker by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

4 of 6. Green-Backed Woodpecker.

grey backed cameroptera by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

5 of 6. Grey-Backed Cameroptera.

tambourine dove in forest by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

6 of 6. Male Tambourine Dove.

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
The great thing with bird photography at Mphingwe Camp is that the subjects become most active at the birdbaths from mid morning onwards as the day heats up. This means that there is still ample opportunity to undertake an early morning birding outing to areas such as Catapu or Caia before returning to camp.
Type of Photography
Bird Photography
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
As the day warms, more and more birds start arriving to drink and bathe at the birdbaths scattered throughout Mphingwe Camp. The best birdbaths are those located on the lawn in front of the dining deck and both have trees which provide cover for the birds approach and which also take away the harsh glare of the midday sun. It is best to place a chair a short distance away from the selected birdbath and then spend several hours sitting patiently and quietly waiting for the bird’s arrival. There tend to be bursts of activity with several species arriving simultaneously
Recommended Gear
Long telephoto lenses mounted on a sturdy tripod are best for photographing the drinking and bathing birds. A flash can also be useful for photographing when shade covers the birdbaths, but be aware of the individual birds response to the flash – some birds are more tolerant than other of the flash.

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
  • Walking trails
Guide/s Available
Etienne Marais – Indicator Birding (www.birding.co.za)

Location

Closest Town
Getting There
Mphingwe Camp is reached off the EN1 highway and lies between the towns of Gorongosa and Caia.

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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.