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Established in 26 June 1973, the Banhine National Park is located in the Gaza Province of Southern Mozambique near the Limpopo National Park and en-route from the Pafuri Border Gate of the Kruger National Park of South Africa.
The protected park's terrain is characterized by extensive savanna grasslands, forest / shrub thickets and various landscapes similar to that of the Kruger National Park, and although it receives very little annual rainfall, 1% of the 7255km² park is wetland and provides the dry surroundings an important source of water with thousands of salty pans (some describe the drinkable water as tasting "Sweet") of various sizes - some of which span hundreds of hectors in size.
These water sources derive from the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe to the west of the park through channels that eventually feed the Changane River.
The park is home to a wide variety of re-established wildlife including two of the Big 5 - the lion and leopard. Other roaming predators that can be spotted include cheetahs, spotted hyenas and servals. Reasonable populations of Ostrich, kudu, impala, nyala, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, porcupine, warthog and oribi can also be found in the park.
Birdlife include various migratory birds species and the endangered wattled cranes.
The park has recordings of 18 different fish species including the African lungfish, killifish and barbel. Astonishingly, during times of drought causing the pans to dry out completely, the forementioned fish species have naturally developed remarkable ways to adapt with it and survive! Read more about Banhine National Park
Although the park is blessed with an array of healthy wildlife today, it didn't live without adversity and many species were either hunted or destroyed during Mozambique's civil war including that of the Cape buffalo, blue wildebeest, hartebeest, zebra, sable, common tsessebe and the Selous.
Unfortunately the park's wildlife is still at threat with imminent illegal hunting. Game rangers have confiscated hundreds of animal snares with continuous efforts to do so. Tourism and general support is strongly encouraged for the maintenance of the park and protection of its wildlife.
Small scattered populations of local community villages in traditional homesteads can be met within and close to the park. However attempts to keep these communities out of the reserve also serves as a problem because during droughts, they resort to hunting and fishing when crops fail. Also the burning and slashing method of cultivation also destroys the park's flora in which management want to keep as unscathed as possible by humans.Banhine National Park Accommodation
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Those who are on a tight budget should keep a lookout for this category icon. This type of establishment offers dormitory (shared) bedroom accommodation with other "Backpackers" generally using either single beds or bunk beds with a communal kitchen and shared ablutions.
Meaning the venue has its own bar on-site with staff serving alcohol/non-alcohol beverages and perhaps "pub-grub" included. They may offer satellite TV for bar patrons to follow the latest sporting fixtures live and may also host live music on certain days / evenings.
If an establishment has this icon, this means they either include breakfast in their rates or offer the opportunity for you to choose to include breakfast during your stay which is usually served to guests in an on-site breakfast room dinette or restaurant. Some B&B's offer basic / light (continental) breakfasts, Full English breakfasts or buffet style breakfast options.
Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.
This means the establishment has a dedicated hall room specially arranged and equipped with most facilities to host important business meetings, teambuilding events or any other occasion alike.
Goes without saying. Any establishment marked with this icon and listed under this category offers facilities for those who have reduced mobility. They may have basic facilities for these conditions or advanced. Kindly enquire with them directly for more information and/or specific requirements you may need.
These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.
Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.
This means the associated business offers professional paid-for deep sea fishing charters / outings and excursions for those fishing enthusiasts (and for newbies). They generally have a fully equipped fishing boat and all the fishing gear ready for clients to bait up and cast a line. Their expertize, knowledge and experience will reward you with some of the best fishing spots for an action packed deep sea fishing experience.
If you're looking to invest or buy property in Mozambique, keep an eye out for this category for the latest in the property market.
Full Board means breakfast, lunch and dinner (also known as "All Inclusive"). If a venue is listed under this category, then they either offer guests the choice of a full board meal plan during their stay or their rates by default include full board meals. a lot of these establishments will have private personal chefs serving guests top class cuisine.
Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".
Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.
This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.
Very self-explanatory. A venue will be listed under this category if they offer a specific luxury, private honeymoon suite or because our admin has "hand-picked" the establishment to be perfect for such an occasion based on their location and facilities offered. However, you are the best judge when it comes to planning that special getaway with your loved one anyway. Pssst ... and it doesn't have to be expensive either to enjoy, right?!
A hotel is generally a large premises that can accommodate a large amount of guests in many adjacent rooms grading from standard 2 sleeper units to "executive" luxury suites offering more in-room space and facilities. They generally have a restaurant and bar on-site for all day meals and drinks (quite often offered on a buffet dining basis). Other on-site facilities may include a swimming pool, gym, spa, in/outdoor entertainment area for kids, a conference / wedding room for meetings / ceremonies and a small shop.
This indicates that the establishment has a small / large restaurant on-site for their guests (they may also accept walk-ins for non-guests) or they have on-board catering staff serving guests in their own private space or in a designated dining area.
This type of establishment offers guests facilities required to cater / cook on their own terms whether it be within a holiday home for example or on communal grounds.
This means the establishment has spa facilities and services offered to guests who are looking for personal treatments during their vacation.
These business services can range from swimming with dolphins, horse riding, city tours, boat tours, island tours, dhow tours to game drives and more. You'll have to click on their advert to find out more and what they have to offer.
This means, the venue has all the on-site facilities and catering services to host large or small weddings and ceremonies. Depending on the size of the wedding, some may have enough units to accommodate all wedding guests.