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Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo)

#11 of 43 things to do in Maputo Features Animals
Maputo, Mozambique
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Beautiful place with lots of wildlife if you look.

We spend a lot of time on Inhaca island, which borders the Maputo Elephant Reserve. The wildlife... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Pemba, Mozambique

We were with a group of 5 and we loved it. We had accomodation at an eco-lodge and I will... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Filipa P
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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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  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
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Reviewed 4 May 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

7  Thank angie1966d
Reviewed 27 March 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 18 February 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

Thank Marcel S
Reviewed 26 January 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 20 December 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

Reviewed 24 October 2016

You do need a good car and a driver. Our driver didn't know how to drive and got us stuck. Everyone helped get us out, including the chief of the park. Thank you. Considering this is within 2 hrs from Maputo, the size of the...More

1  Thank dutchblonde
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Having traveled Southern Africa fairly extensively and read all the reports on this reserve, we were somewhat disappointed. We didn't see much game (a few bokkies) but this was expected. The bird life was very disappointing with very little seen. Scenery I thought was very...More

5  Thank Vanessa M
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Trademarks are the elephants. Also hippos, giraffes and a bunch of herbivores. There are a few lodges, nice but basic camping site, and beautifull beaches.

1  Thank Marcos F
Reviewed 9 May 2016

It felt like we had the whole reserve to ourselves, hardly seeing any other cars throughout our 3 days of game drives. Though there aren't any big predators, we saw loads of Elephants and an array of Antelope, Zebra, and more. The roads definitely require...More

2  Thank Freddie G
Reviewed 8 May 2016

We travelled as a group of friends camping. Arrived at the edge of a lake late evening and set up to wake up in the morning to beautiful views of the lake. Plenty of bird life to view while having breakfast before breaking camp and...More

1  Thank peterott
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Brenda N
12 May 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
12 April 2017|
Response from angie1966d | Reviewed this property |
When we were there, the fee was less than $20US.
Ruan E
20 March 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.