Leopard Hunting in Mozambique
Leopard hunting in Mozambique will take you back 100 years to a simpler time. Leopards are among the most sought-after trophies, but also the hardest to obtain. This remote, traditional hunt in Mozambique will give you a great opportunity to hunt a trophy leopard.
- Hunt leopard in Mozambique is June through November.
- Hunting is done over bait from a hide.
- Success Rate – Leopard hunting is difficult. Success rates on leopard hunting is never 100% as they are too wary, and there are too many variables. It is like a chess game. That said, success is likely.
- All leopard hunts in Mozambique are at least 14 days is recommended to make sure that you are successful. Your Safari can also be extended if necessary to ensure that you get your trophy.
- Trophy Quality – Any mature male should be considered a trophy, but there are some huge leopards in this area. The PH will use trail cams at the baits, so you should know the caliber of leopard that you are hunting.
- Leopard hunting with hounds is also available, but you must book it at least six months in advance.
Leopard hunting is a specialized hunt, where you be rewarded with a rush of adrenaline like you’ve never felt before.
This is the type of African Safari you have dreamed about since you were a kid reading Outdoor Life. You will be hunting leopards out of traditional tented camps on more than 2 million acres of the best cape buffalo hunting areas in Mozambique. Mozambique offers some of the last, truly wild areas left in Southern Africa.
Free roaming prides of lions, and cape buffalo are common in the area, as are local, native Plains Game species which include Roosevelt Sable; Livingston Eland; Lichtenstein Hartebeest; and Niassa Wildebeest.
Leopard hunting in Mozambique is done over bait. Usually bait will be a baboons or plains game animals from one of the previous hunts. Proper pre-baiting will be done before you even arrive in camp. The ideal situation is for you to arrive and already have the baits being hit. Trail cams are used to identify trophy leopards that are hitting the bait.
This hunt is not for the faint-of-heart. It is a specialized hunt and you will have to stay very focused. Leopard hunts take place out of a blind over bait at night. If you are very lucky, they will come in during light at dawn or at dusk, but don’t count on it. Be prepared for long, motionless hours in the blind. You will hear every sound and movement from outside the blind as you sit and wait for the distinctive, “throaty coughing” calling sound or, better yet, the sound of him eating at the bait.
They make the blinds as comfortable as possible because of the long hours being spent there. Once you hear the sound of of something on the bait, and every sense goes to High Alert! At that point, you wait anxiously for the PH to switch on the light. You will have one shot, and one shot only. Make it count.
During the days, you check baits, move blinds and maybe even hunt for more bait.
Other Available Game
Once you have taken your leopard, if permits are available, there are many species of plains game to hunt on a trophy fee basis. Species include Cape buffalo; lions; Roosevelt Sable; Livingston Eland; Lichtenstein Hartebeest; and Niassa Wildebeest.
This Mozambique Outfitter has over 50 years combined safari experience between the two Professional Hunters, they are Big 5 Certified, and will ensure that your hunt is fun, exciting and safe. They pride themselves on hunting to the highest standards and ethics.” Leopard hunts are guided 1-on-1, plus trackers.
Food and Lodging
Your leopard hunt will be conducted out of rustic, traditional African fly camp in the heart of the 200,000+ acre concession. Elephant and leopard hunts are conducted out of a fixed tented camp with a thatch roof.
Both camps are equipped with gas operated hot, running water; showers; flush toilets; fully-equipped, gas operated kitchens; and solar panel electric lights and plugins for your electrical equipment. All tents are en-suite with their own private bathroom, comfortable beds, and screened to keep out insects. A satellite phone is available for emergency communication.
The food on the hunt is organic, and sourced from the local area. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased from local markets and the venison is hunted in the area. Due to the nature of this hunt, it is difficult to have a planned dinner as you may arrive in camp at 6PM or later.
A day’s meals consists of an early morning breakfast before you leave camp, a snack lunch is provided in the bush, and dinner upon your return to camp from hunting for the day. Local cold beer, soda, wine or hard liquor will be available. There are running refrigerators in the back of the Safari vehicles.
Travel to Mozambique is safe and fairly straight forward. Your Professional Hunter will meet you the moment you clear customs at the Johannesburg airport. They will meet you as you exit customs and walk you to the rifle permit office to retrieve your gun. You and your PH will overnight at a lodge 5 to 10 minutes from the airport that caters only to hunters.
The next morning, you will fly to Pemba, Mozambique. From there, you have two options, an 8 hour drive to the hunting area, or a charter flight directly there. We suggest the charter as it will save you a hunting day.
You will also accompanied back to the airport at the end of your safari. You will feel safe and well taken care of for your entire hunt.