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Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo)

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Address: Maputo, Mozambique
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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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With new animals introduced and very nice beaches. It is a must visit

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 July 2016
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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 animal population is quite amazing!

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Thank dutchblonde
Eshowe, Zululand
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47 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 average. Varied between rolling grassland, coastal scrub and coastal forest. We drove through the reserve... More 

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Thank Vanessa M
Maputo, Mozambique
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

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.

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1 Thank Marcos F
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 a 4x4 but the steep sandy paths add to the experience. Hard to believe it's... More 

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1 Thank Freddie G
Roodepoort, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 going on the another camp site which was within walking distance to the beach. Spent... More 

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1 Thank peterott
Maputo Province, Mozambique
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

One of my favorites places. Good place for camping if you a camping lover. great beachs. Not easy access. Very nice place for fishing.

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Thank DanilaAly
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Drove through the reserve on our way back from a few days near Ponta de Oura (which was trashy and not so lovely). The scenery and varied habitats are stunning - the most beautiful pristine landscape we saw in Moz, SA or Rwanda. Didn't see an elephant or a ton of wildlife (some hippos, wildebeests, red duiker, impalas) but also... More 

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1 Thank Mary (Mollie) M
Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

We never met another vehicle in the reserve during our visit, We did see elephants but from a long distance, also saw a few buck and some zebras, crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and quite a lot of birdlife, hopefully over time the animal populations will increase, don't expect to be blown away by animal sightings but it makes a nice day... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

This is not a elephant reserve. It just wild bush with sand roads and rocks (even 4X4 get stuck easily). Elephants are not sighted sometimes for weeks and if lucky you can get a glimse of few elephants at a distance after travelling 100 kms. Rather go to Kruger which is not far from Maputo and is real wild life... More 

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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Fantastic, unspoiled nature just 100kms south of Mozambique. The scenery is fantastic, it can become a gem for Mozambique tourism if properly managed, stocked with wildlife and poaching kept under control. No tourism facilities inside the reserve, you're (almost) completely on your own.

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