The 700 000 ha Banhine National Park is situated in central southern Mozambique, midway between Pafuri in the west and Vilanculos in the east. The Park features extensive plains and flood areas, which form crystal clear lagoons that is an an important passage point for migratory birds that flock there in enmass during the rainy season.
Banhine is a critically important component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area as it lies within the wildlife corridor between the Zinave and Limpopo National Parks.
Banhine National Park was established in 1973 to conserve the giraffe and ostrich populations found there. Unfortunately, these, as well as other wildlife populations once found here, were nearly eradicated during the war and commercial poaching activities.
Do not drink tap water in rural areas. In the built-up areas of Mozambique, like Maputo, Inhambane and Beira, it is safe to drink the water. If you are unsure, bottled water is available, although they are highly priced and sold as a semi-luxury item.