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Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo)

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Maputo, Mozambique
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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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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing landscapes, the scenario is magnificent. All rangers are very friendly and always willing to assist. It’s a plus that one has now tarred road all the way up to the main gate (except if coming from Kosy Bay/Ponta do Ouro). Once inside the park...More

Thank CarlaMz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice park with fantastic landscapes. Not that many animals but the rangers told me that they are making a plan to bring in more animals. The population of animals suffered a lot during the civil war that took 16 years and many animals were killed...More

Thank ponciana05
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Take your time to drive through the reserve, bar the Elephants you should also see a range of birds. The reserve is in very good condition and makes for a nice day out.

Thank sdickason
Reviewed September 12, 2017 via mobile

Over the many years visiting Mozambique it really is special to note that changes in the MSR are constantly positive where better care is given to preserve the beauty and natural environment; assistance is given for wildlife to flourish with restocking programs and protection; and...More

Thank Anvil_Bay
Reviewed July 26, 2017

It's a long drive +-3-4 Hours, but worth it. We didn't see elephants, lots of monkeys, buffalo and giraffe. There's no signs - so difficult when you don't have Tracks4Africa. The sand is thick, but we didn't have any difficulty and didn't get stuck. Scenery...More

1  Thank kinderlaan
Reviewed May 3, 2017

We spend a lot of time on Inhaca island, which borders the Maputo Elephant Reserve. The wildlife was persecuted during and after the civil war until the country stabilized, but it is recovering very fast. Each time we visit, we see hippos, crocs and elephant....More

8  Thank angie1966d
Reviewed March 27, 2017

We were with a group of 5 and we loved it. We had accomodation at an eco-lodge and I will definitely go back there everytime I'm in Mozambique. I won't write much more about this hidden paradise....

1  Thank Filipa P
Reviewed February 18, 2017

Please note you must have a 4x4 to get to Milibangala. The roads are tarred in South Africa to the border post at Kosi Bay, from there it's all sand roads, or heavily eroded, possibly civil war damaged formerly tar roads. Watch where the locals...More

2  Thank Marcel S
Reviewed January 25, 2017

This is a special reserve. It might not be for long, so get here before it changes! I can't say it's unspoilt nature, because it was all spoiled by decades of civil war. But now that it has been rehabilitated, those years of trauma now...More

3  Thank Kevin B
Reviewed December 19, 2016

The Maputo Special Reserve is raising from ashes! Animal re-introduction is being very successful and vigorous anti-poaching activities has seen a major decrease of poaching in recent years. The fencing is almost complete and now with the improved road from Maputo, access to the reserve...More

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Brenda N
May 11, 2017|
Response from angie1966d | Reviewed this property |
Hi I am sorry. I just received your question. Do you still need help? If so I think I can help.
pierre l
April 12, 2017|
Response from angie1966d | Reviewed this property |
When we were there, the fee was less than $20US.
Ruan E
March 20, 2016|
Response from angie1966d | Reviewed this property |
I do not know the answer to this. I believe you can but you should check with park officials and be aware the rules change.