Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo)

Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo)

Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo)
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Mozambique’s southern province of Maputo is home to this reserve, a sandy and humid habitat that is still working to replenish its wildlife population that was destroyed in 1970s civil wartime.
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EstherJ
Mossel Bay, South Africa10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We drove to Leatherback Beach Villa in Machangulo from Maputo, so the trip took us through this reserve. It's beautiful. Look our for giraffes and elephants.
Written 31 May 2023
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Antonio F
Johannesburg, South Africa10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
It was aa nice place to,visit . Good scenarios and good for 4x4 driving. Stayed in a very nice hotel ( milibangalala) . The beach was fantastic
Written 7 January 2023
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bluebay06
La Spezia, Italy2,209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Left Maputo crossing the Maputo-Katembe bridge, we continued south towards Ponta do Ouro. About 80 km south of Maputo it is clearly indicated that the road enters the Maputo Special Reserve and about 500m later there is a small unpaved road on the left leading to the Futi Gate. Here, after paying the entrance, you can access the reserve with your car but only if you have a 4WD. The tracks are narrow but not particularly demanding even if in some places the presence of sand justifies the need for 4WD. The cars in the park were very few and we hardly met other tourists. Proceeding in the park you meet different environments ranging from dense forest, grasslands, wetlands and small lakes. In the dense forest we saw small antelopes, such as red forest duiker (Cephalophus natalensis) and suni (Nesotragus moschatus) very difficult to photograph and some elephants. Reaching the vast areas of grasslands, we saw countless impalas, as well as a few dozen of blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and Burchell's zebra (Equus quagga). In the wetlands we met an impressive herd of elephants, many of them young specimens, which slowly approached us to cross the road and disappear into the forest. Proceeding further along the extensive wetlands we encountered small groups and solitary specimens of elephants, waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) e common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus). The fact that some of the animals moved away when we were still some distance away made us suspect that poaching is still a problem in this reserve, in which there are still villages. However, the fauna is rich and, the numerous young specimens, tell us in good health and on the increase and therefore we must certainly praise this work of recovery of the environment and reintroduction of animals. In Lagoa Chingute we found hippos, but we couldn't see crocodiles due to the thick reeds on the shore of this small lake. Finally, we saw several giraffes not far from the gate, while there were numerous birds that we were able to observe during the visit. We spent a pleasant day in the park during which we saw and photographed many animals. What the park is missing is predators with a dramatically failed first attempt to reintroduce the cheetah. However, this can be an interesting visit for those who are in Maputo and want to dedicate a day to nature.
Written 22 September 2022
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Grace Baeza
Sylvania, OH5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This visit was one of the best on our trip. I love seeing animals in their habitat and out of danger. Fortunately we were able to see almost all the animals except the hippos. Wonderful place to visit with family. Our guides were expert level! I loved this place.
Written 30 May 2022
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VGriet
Leuven, Belgium336 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Hi, it is true from other reviews it is great to have a reserve so close to Maputo and it deserves our support. But is a question of luck whether you see many animals. (We were on the unlucky side)

Don't book expensive tours! A 4x4 car and driver is enough.
Entry was 900 Mtn pp for foreigners, 600 Mtn for standard car and 400 Mtn for Mozambicans.
Written 2 November 2021
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SusieWS
Maputo, Mozambique31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We saw elephants, all kinds of ungulates, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and water buffalo, all from our car. It was wonderful. Drivers beware tho: The sandy tracks are treacherous and it is easy to get stuck. Be sure to get advice at the gate on what tracks to use.
Written 20 September 2021
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Tab B.
Maputo, Mozambique8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The reserve is vast and unspoilt while being only 40 kilometres from Maputo.
Drove through on the way back from my trip to inhaca island. You will definitely need a 4x4 to get through the sandy roads, but it is great fun
Written 26 February 2021
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Pedro L
Matola, Mozambique2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It was a nice park but we saw elephants from about 1000 m away. Such a long way to go to see very few animals. I went to Kruger the day before and there we saw so much more.
Written 8 November 2019
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Anton A
Stari Slankamen, Serbia16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Relatively wide area with plenty of spieces and you can meet all of them in half a day. Though, there are no predators, still beware of hippos, crocs and elephants - it is their territory and you're not welcome there. Averall, a good place to spend a day, especially with kids. Also, be prepared to polish the car from the bush scratches. Will do another 2-day trip with overnight stay on the beach.
Written 8 October 2019
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Lauren
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The reserve is enormous. Getting there was made easy by the tour group; however, much of the park had experienced a fire and the wildlife was scarce. After about 2-3 hours of driving around the reserve, we finally saw an inspiring herd of elephants. Yes it was worth the time lost to see the elephants, but it did take a very long time, again due to the fires. In general it was okay and attending actually helps improve the reserve then it's worth it.
Written 24 August 2019
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