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May 2010

"Birds & Birding" chooses M'phingwe as the base for an excursion in search of African Pitta.

In the April/May Birds & Birding edition, an article by Johann Grobbelaar featured M'phingwe as the base camp used in "Tracking The African Pitta". This is great news for M'phingwe and Catapu. The camp was used for accommodations while Johann and his group searched for and found the Pitta in nearby Coutada 12.

Watch this space for more birding highlights from M’Phingwe.

M'phingwe Camp

M’phingwe (pronounced “Impingwe”) Camp is set in the heart of the 25,000-hectare Catapu forestry concession in central Mozambique. M’phingwe is the Sena name for the precious African Blackwood found within the camp.

The camp is situated 32km south of the Zambezi River on the main North/South highway (EN1), perfect for an overnight stop, and a great base to explore the birds, butterflies and flora of the area. There are short walks leading from the camp through the native forest, and we encourage guests to explore. Over 75 different bird species and 240 indigenous trees have already been identified. Identification lists are available on request. Catapu concession features as one of Sasol’s 200 top birding sites in Southern Africa and is location No. 197 on the Sasol Birding Map of Southern Africa. As well as birds and trees, small mammals such as suni, red duiker and nyala are often seen in and around the camp.

M’phingwe is an easy drive from a number of places of interest including Mary Moffat’s (wife of David Livingstone) grave at Chupanga Mission (60kms), the Inhamatanga forest reserve and adjacent Coutadas (hunting concessions - starting 30 kms), the new bridge over the Zambezi River, (35kms) and the Sena Bridge, the longest single-span metal rail bridge in the southern hemisphere, (100 kms).

M’phingwe can be contacted direct on + 258 82 301 6436 bookings can also be made through or (258) 23 302  (office hours only).
Hunting is strictly prohibited.