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Maputo special elephants reserve

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Maputo special elephants reserve

Maputo special reserve is a forgotten premium gem. About 2 hours away from Maputo city, the reserve is a breathtaking 50 000 hectares combination of coastal lakes, dune forests and marsh lands. wetlands, swamp forests, grasslands and mangrove forests with the shores of the marine reserve and its wide variety of remarkable birds and marine species. Sand dunes and dirt road lead you through the various landscapes, lakes and rivers.

Situated in the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot, it is part of one of earth’s 36 biologically richest and most endangered terrestrial ecoregions. The reserve is an important component in the protected areas system of Mozambique.

Different locations offer you spectacular views over the entire coastline : the blue waves collide together against the sandy white beaches of the reserve. 

Spotting the herbivores among the striking landscapes is always a special treat. Wildebeests, zebras, monkeys and if you're lucky, elephants encounters. Birding is amazing with no less than 334 bird species.

Initially created in 1932 it was known as the Maputo Elephant Reserve. However in 1969 the conservation expanded to protect other species and habitats and was then renamed Maputo Special Reserve.

In 2010, 2017 and 2018, thanks to the government translocation program, zebra, impala, warthog, blue wildebeest, giraffe and kudzu were introduced in the park. The reserve has an estimated population of 452 elephants. It is a unique and very special conservation area definitely worth a day visit or a few nights stay.

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