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Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo)

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Address: Maputo, Mozambique
Description: Mozambique’s southern province of Maputo is home to this reserve, a sandy...
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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Go in October to see the wonderful fauna and flora

When travelled last through the Maputo Elephant Reserve, we enjoyed the wonderful flora of spring (October/November) and were travelling the entire day off-road without crossing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2014
Andreas Z
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The one think I love about this reserve is how basic it is with no tar roads or signs so quite an adventure. Unfortunately due to the past war there is not much game and is slowly being stocked by South Africa and hopefully poaching can be contained to open the Futi corridor to Tembe reserve to make this one... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This was why I came to Mozambique. I used Mosaic Tours to take me on a two day (overnight in the Reserve) solo trip. One has to have the use of a solid 4x4 to reach the reserve in the first place. The road from the ferry is a disaster littered with vehicles with collapsed suspension or broken axle. The... More 

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Been there twice in the last couple of years, and i can tell you is one of my favourite spots. Milibangalala is a amazing beach inside the reserve that has a campsite with amazing view to the beach, it as no toilets only water from the well. Eco-Camping at its best. Amazing for fishing (Spinning for trevallys or Casting)

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Maputo, Mozambique
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

When travelled last through the Maputo Elephant Reserve, we enjoyed the wonderful flora of spring (October/November) and were travelling the entire day off-road without crossing any other car - just us and nature!

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

During May 2014 we wanted to drive from Ponto Malongane to Santa Maria through the park. We were 4 vehicles with two passengers each. At the gate they wanted to charge us R 450.00 per vehicle. When we said that all the tariffs on the internet was R 210 per vehicle the official said that that is very old tariffs.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Bird life fabulous and you will love the only signpost which is of a crocodile with its mouth wide open and a man. The message is clear and adds to the excitement. I recommend picnic next to the lakes which have hippo ( and crocs) you are sometimes forced to wait for the elephant on the sand roads. Here at... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

simply amazing! Endless white beaches with gigantic dunes. Stunning views on the local savana and bush - exceptional encounters with elephants and hyppos. My wife and I will keep an exceptional souvenir. We recommend a driver who knows the place because it is quite big and they know wher the best spots are!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I travel to the bush on a regular basis - but the experience of driving through the Maputo Special Reserve was really special! Wow - so different yet so amazing! Highly recommended - a lifetime experience! Definitely again when next in the area....

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Antibes
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I have driven through the Maputo Special Reserve on many ocsasions over the past few years and have found that it just gets better and better. The major investment on infrastructure and animal releases is really paying off, much of it due to some very generous donations. I see elephants on nearly every visit, always hippos and buck. Occasionally get... More 

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

We booked a day trip with mosaic travel/bushland tours not only on very short notice but for Christmas day. They were very accommodating, the guide (Almero) knowledgeable and helpful. They warned we may see nothing, but we were lucky to see giraffed, zebra, gnu, and yes elephants as well as a fascinating array of ecosystems. All while provided with pick... More 

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