Caju Afrique – Central Mozambique Hot

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Caju Afrique, situated within central Mozambique, offers highly sought after Sand Forest birding. The small and comfortable lodge accommodation lies on the edge of a large lake and has numerous trails cutting through the dense vegetation, easing bird watching and photography opportunities.

Dawn is filled with the chorus of countless bird species including the beautiful Gorgeous Bush Shrike and Purple-Crested and Livingston’s Turaco’s. The Sand Forest is home to Pink-throated Twinspot and Tambourine Dove while Wood Owls may be heard calling at night. In addition, sunbirds abound with Amethyst, Plain-backed, Purple-banded, Collared and Scarlet-chested sunbirds all occurring. Over the lake, African Fish Eagles are common together with herons, egrets, storks, Grey-headed Gulls, Whiskered Terns and Pink-Backed and Great White Pelicans.

Fisher on mozambique lake by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Cadwick

1 of 6: Fisher boat crossing the lake in front of Caju Afrique 

brown hooded kingfisher by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Cadwick

 2 of 6: Brown Hooded Kingfisher

Succulent flowers by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Cadwick

 of 6. There are numerous nectar bearing flowers that attract the several species of sunbirds to Caju Afrique

caju afrique by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Cadwick

 4 of 6. The comfortable chalets at Caju Afrique lie on the lake shore.

kurrichane thrush by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Cadwick

 5 of 6. Kurrichane Thrush

Dhouw on Caju Afrique lake by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Cadwick

 6 of 6. Dhouw crossing the large lake in front of caju Afrique during late afternoon.

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Birds become most active during late afternoon and again just before dawn. Many species will climb to prominent positions to call at dawn and dusk
Type of Photography
  • Bird Photography
  • Travel
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
Vegetation is dense around the lodge and it is best to walk quietly and slowly down the various trails and firebreaks. Hand holding the camera using vibration reduction and high ISO will allow the quickest and best response for photographing birds that appear in the openings of the Sand Forest. Listen for birds calling at dawn and dusk as this is often done from a prominent position
Recommended Gear
Long telephoto lenses mounted on the camera body together with a carry sling to help ease handling is suggested. A flash can also be useful for photographing in the shady patches of the forest.

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

Location

Getting There
Getting There Caju Afrique is reached by following the EN1 to Inharime and then taking the road towards Coguno. Caju Afrique lies approximately 11.5kms along this road at S24 29 36.2 E34 53 17.4

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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.