Limpopo National Park in Mozambique

The Limpopo National Park in Mozambique is a fairly new and upcoming safari destination. It forms part of the enormous Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, and has been transformed from a desecrated poaching ground into a beautiful expanse of diverse land slowly returning to its former, natural glory. From towering mountains to flowing rivers and grassland plains, the Limpopo National Park has everything you want in a safari destination. The Big Five roam free throughout the land, along with many other animal species who make their homes in the different habitats the park provides. 

  • Best Time to Go

    May - October

  • Average Safari Cost

    $50 – $200 pp/day

  • Highlights

    The Massingir Dam, Olifants River Gorge, the Big Five, 4x4 ecotrails, hiking and wilderness trails, guided walks and canoeing trails.

Why Visit Limpopo National Park

Bordered by the famous Kruger National Park, the Limpopo National Park is becoming a more popular and highly rated safari destination. Its diverse landscape provides a multitude of different habitats for animals to thrive in, as well as providing ideal locations for many outdoor activities, such as canoeing and hiking.

The enormous Massingir Dam stretches out into the horizon and results in stunning panoramas. Relax on a boat cruise down Olifants River Gorge and see various animals gather along the water's edge. Hiking trails and guided walks are an excellent way to explore the hidden depths of the land and breathe in the fresh air of this lovely, natural land. Travel to the Limpopo National Park for the perfect safari getaway!

Pros and Cons

  • Great wildlife viewing
  • Many activities
  • Excellent birdwatching destination
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Many accommodation options
  • Limited road networks
  • Some roads require 4WD

Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Limpopo National Park is during the dry months, from May to October. Daytime temperatures are quite warm and pleasant with an average of about 81˚F (27˚C), while nights can get very cold lowering to about 55˚F (13˚C). This is the best time for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around the water sources and are easier to see.

The wet season occurs from November to April and consists of very hot, humid days and frequent rain showers. The wettest months are January and February. Daytime temperatures range from 81°F (27.°C) to 101°F (38°C), which may be quite uncomfortable. Rainfall may disrupt travel plans and activities during the day and roads may become unstable and sifficult to drive on.

For more information when to visit see our Mozambique Safari - Complete Travel Guide.

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Wildlife and Birds

Home to the Big Five, the Limpopo National Park is an ideal safari destination. See magnificent lions, leopards and cheetah, as well as smaller predators such as the cute bat-eared fox and the elusive aardwolf. Zebra, buffalo, kudu and striking sable antelope roam the open land, along with enormous elephants and gentle giraffes.
List of Animals
  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
  • Kudu
  • Zebra

Rare animals

  • Leopard, serval, aardwolf, rhino

Frequently Seen Animals

  • Zebra, buffalo, kudu, impala, elephant

With its incredible geographic diversity, Limpopo National Park provides habitats for many different bird species. Striking ospreys, Bateleurs and martial eagles rule the skies, while secretary birds and distinctive hornbills wander the grounds.

Endangered Birds

  • White backed vulture, Lappet-faced vulture, White headed vulture, Hooded vulture

Near-Endemic Birds

  • Southern yellow-billed hornbill, southern red-billed hornbill

Getting There and Safety


For the flights to Mozambique, it is advised to check Skyscanner (for multiple destination flights), to see which airlines can take you there and compare various ticket prices.

If you are based in the UK and Europe, check out these flights.

If you are based in the USA and Canada, check out these flights.


For more information on visas see our Mozambique Safari - Complete Country Guide.

Vaccinations and Malaria

Check your local travel health authority for more information:

Travel Insurance

Going on a safari in Africa comes with obvious risks. We recommend you get travel insurance for all safaris in Mozambique. Make sure your insurance has full medical coverage, emergency air evacuation, repatriation and the standard travel insurance for cancellations, delays and luggage cover.

Check World Nomads’ travel insurance calculator to see the cost of your safari trip cover.

What to Pack

Pack for warm and cold weather as temperatures are warm during the day and can get very cold at night. Try to pack neutral, earthy toned clothes and avoid bright colours and white. Other essential items are a hat, sunglasses, sun screen, toiletries, closed shoes, torch, batteries, insect repellent, first aid kit, binoculars and camera.

For more details on what to pack see our Safari Packing List.