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.
This reserve is super 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.