The vast network of the Rio Savane floodplain lies on the northern outskirts of the Mozambique coastal city of Beira. These wetlands and short grasslands are home to a wide diversity of birdlife, making the area one of Mozambique’s birding hotspots.
The 32km long dirt road that leads from Beira towards the Rio Savane estuary mouth passes through extensive wetlands and short grasslands. These wetlands and grasslands are home to a wide diversity of waterbirds and other highly sought after species and may, at certain times of the year, host several thousand storks of varying species. Specials to be found here include Eurasian bittern, locust finch, mangrove kingfisher, black-rumped button-quail, lesser seed-cracker, copper sunbird, rufous-bellied heron and blue quail. The Rio Savane estuary also provides excellent photographic opportunities of the small fisher village and the constant ferrying of people from one side of the river to the other in small boats. Thousands of fiddler crabs and mudskippers can be viewed on the mudflats at low tide.
1 of 6. Rio savane wetlands
2 of 6. Great Egret
3 of 6. Male fiddler crab on the mudflats at the Rio Savane estuary mouth
4 of 6. Rufous-bellied Heron
5 of 6. Rio Savane river taxi
6 of 6. Temminck's Courser