Mozambique Bucket List- Maputo Special Reserve

This weeks ‪#‎MozBucketList‬ must visit spot is the breathtakingly beautiful Maputo Special Reserve.

The reserve lies on the South Western side of Maputo Bay and is half way up the peninsula which protrudes north to Inhaca Island. The reserve is around 77,400 hectares and was proclaimed in 1932 in a bid to protect the last of the elephants in Southern Mozambique.

After a turbulent past and with poaching taking a major toll, the reserve today proudly shows an increase in wildlife numbers and the Elephant population today is over 350 animals.

Although shy and often very elusive, a wide range of wildlife call this reserve home, African Elephant, Hippo, Reedbuck, Impala, Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Wildebeest, both Grey and Red Duiker, Vervet Monkeys, Samango Monkeys, Bush pigs, Crocodiles, Leopard, Jackals, Suni, Steenbok, Warthog, Nyala, Waterbuck, Serval, Honey Badger and Porcupine to name a few of its inhabitants.

The reserve has also been identified as one of Mozambique’s 16 important bird sites by birdlife international and has in the region of 350 different bird species in the area.

A solid 4×4 is needed to travel around the Maputo Special Reserve due to the deep sand roads being difficult to navigate.

At present the only accommodation option is camping at Ponta Milibangala. You will need to be fully self-sufficient due to next to no facilities within the park itself. The camping area has pit latrines available and a water tap is present, however the water is for washing only and should not be used for drinking.

We love this reserve for the vegetation diversity and breath-taking scenery that it offers; inland lakes, wetlands, swamp forests, grasslands, mangrove forests, coastline, dunes, sandveld and endless kilometers of beautiful deserted beaches, it has it all! And due to the reserves location it is also possible to visit on a quick break away or long weekend.

#SwaziBucketList- Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Our weekly ‪#‎SwaziBucketList‬ must visit spot is the exciting Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area and was formerly a farming and tin mining area, the area has been rehabilitated and is now Swaziland’s most frequently visited reserve.
Covering 4,560 hectares this mountainous reserve comprises a southern section and northern section. The southern section’s grassland plains stretch up to the striking and historic Nyonyane Mountain with its exposed granite peak known as the ‘Rock of Execution’.

Mlilwane is famous for its habituated and mostly non-dangerous wildlife, which makes this reserve an ideal playground for the whole family to get up close and personal with a wide range of African Game while having fun on a variety of different activities which are suited to both the young and old. Any outdoor lover will be gripped by the reserve with the variety of activities to choose from, including Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Hiking, Game Drives, Guided Birding tours and Overnight trails.
The wildlife you are likely to see while visiting are Blesbuck, Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala, Kudu, Nyala, Hippos, Warthogs and Vervet Monkeys to name just a few. It is the chance to view these habituated game species at very close quarters which also make Mlilwane a great wildlife photography venue.

We love this reserve because of its unique ability to cater for pretty much everyone and any budget, you can choose from Camping, Beehive Villages, Rest camp Huts, Self-catering cottages, the affordable Sondzela Backpackers and the luxurious Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

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Mozambique Bucket List: Machangulo Beach Lodge

Our weekly ‪#‎MozBucketList must visit spot is the breath taking and luxurious Machangulo Beach Lodge.

Machangulo Beach Lodge is located on the channel between Inhaca Island and the Santa Maria peninsula. 
This prestigious lodge features 17 private luxury chalets. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and private deck.

Imagine lazing the day away on a white sand beach paradise in the tropical warmth of Mozambique. Having your own waiter bring you exotic cocktails on the beach while you take the odd dip in warm crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. But if this isn’t your thing, then don’t despair! Machangulo offers a wide variety of activities too.

You can choose from- Snorkeling (the island marine reserve is famous for its incredible coral snorkeling which will expose you to literally hundreds of species of fish in every colour you can imagine!), spa treatments, Deep Sea Fishing, Scuba Diving (you are able to dive untouched and forgotten ship wrecks), village trips, kayaking, Island picnics, Dhow sailing safaris, and much more.

We love this lodge for the uniqueness of its location and the bio-diversity of this particular area, there isn’t much that this area doesn’t offer! From Indian Ocean, sand dunes, indigenous coastal forest, fast flowing water channel, island vegetation, mangrove forests, a quiet bay and coral gardens, it has it all! and not to mention the wildlife and bird life that comes with it. 
In season, you can expect to see humpback whales frolicking around in front of the lodge, Common Bottle Nose Dolphins, Humpback Dolphins and even the elusive Striped Dolphins. At night the coastal forest comes alive with the calls of Greater Bush babies echoing through the forest while Genet’s scuttle about in the undergrowth.

The point of this peninsula also marks the end of the longest uninterrupted turtle nesting beach in the world, so in season you can also expect to see, Loggerheads, Leather-backs, Green Turtles, Hawksbills and even Olive Ridley turtles can be spotted coming up onto the beach to nest.

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