Welcome to Maputo Special Reserve


Thanks to wildlife-translocation efforts by the Mozambican and South African governments and the Peace Parks Foundation, numbers of animals in the reserve have increased. The reserve's elephant population is currently estimated at about 450, although these are threatened by ongoing poaching. Other species include hippos, giraffes, zebras and impalas.

The reserve can be visited en route to Ponta d’Ouro and is just two hours from the capital. The heart of the reserve is Ponta Milibangalala, about 35km from the main (Futi) gate on the sea.


Top experiences in Maputo Special Reserve

Maputo Special Reserve activities

$1489.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Surfing - Milibangalala - Maputo Special Reserve - 5 Days

For those wanting an original and unique place to surf and explore, this is the place for you. Milibangalala is located in the Maputo Special Reserve surrounded by grasslands and forest.The waves at Milibangalala are great for surfing and visited mainly by locals only. This means that you will not run into the problem of someone 'stealing' your wave. You'll enjoy one of the most scenic routes to the beach possible, through the Maputo Special Reserve. Here you'll have a chance to see some of the Reserve's most popular inhabitants about in their natural habitat.Itinerary:Day 1: This morning will be an early one! You can expect your guide to pick you up from your location in Maputo at approximately 5:30am. On the way, the guide will give you a light breakfast to enjoy while we cross the ferry to Catembe.By now, we are on our way to the Reserve, but first we will make a stop at the village of Salamanga to visit a Hindu Temple and a traditional bread factory.Upon arrival at the Maputo Special Reserve, and on our way to lunch, you'll begin to notice wildlife roaming about, a casual drive through a magnificent habitat.Once we finish our lunch, we will continue on towards Milibangalala where we will camp overnight. When we arrive, the staff will begin camp setup and you have a chance to relax or hit the waves for the rest of the day.This evening, we will enjoy a delicious dinner served up by our camp chef and we will camp in semi-luxury tents.Day 2: Free day to surf or opt for extra activities.Day 3: Free day to surf or opt for extra activities. Day 4: Free day to surf or opt for extra activities.Day 5: On your last morning here, you can spend your time soaking in the last bit of surf and sun. Our camp staff will take down our camp and prepare lunch.After lunch, we will begin our journey back to Maputo. Our guide will drop you back off at your accommodation in Maputo around 6:30pm.End of tour.

$1612.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Surfing - Milibangalala - Maputo Special Reserve - 7 Days

The waves at Milibangalala are great for surfing and visited mainly by locals only. This means that you will not run into the problem of someone 'stealing' your wave. You'll enjoy one of the most scenic routes to the beach possible, through the Maputo Special Reserve. Here you'll have a chance to see some of the Reserve's most popular inhabitants about in their natural habitat.Itinerary:Day 1: This morning will be an early one! You can expect your guide to pick you up from your location in Maputo at approximately 5:30am. On the way, the guide will give you a light breakfast to enjoy while we cross the ferry to Catembe.By now, we are on our way to the Reserve, but first we will make a stop at the village of Salamanga to visit a Hindu Temple and a traditional bread factory.Upon arrival at the Maputo Special Reserve, and on our way to lunch, you'll begin to notice wildlife roaming about, a casual drive through a magnificent habitat.Once we finish our lunch in the bush, we will continue on towards Milibangalala where we will camp overnight. When we arrive, the set will begin camp setup and you have a chance to relax or hit the waves for the rest of the day.This evening, we will enjoy a delicious dinner served up by our camp chef and we will camp in semi-luxury tents.Day 2: Free day to enjoy the surf or opt for extra activities. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner will be prepared at your request.Day 3: Free day to enjoy the surf or opt for extra activities. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner will be prepared at your request.Day 4: Free day to enjoy the surf or opt for extra activities. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be prepared at your request.Day 5: Free day to enjoy the surf or opt for extra activities. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be prepared at your request.Day 6: Free day to enjoy the surf or opt for extra activities. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be prepared at your request.Day 7: This morning is your last opportunity to enjoy the beach as we will soon begin our departure to Maputo.We expect to arrive back in Maputo around 6:30pm where your guide will drop you back off at your accommodation.End of tour.

$2362.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Surfing - Milibangalala - Special Reserve - Ponta do Ouro - 9 Days

The waves at Milibangalala and Ponta do Ouro are great for surfing and visited mainly by locals only. This means that you're not likely to run into the problem of someone 'stealing' your wave. You'll enjoy one of the most scenic routes to the beach possible, through the Maputo Special Reserve. Here you'll have a chance to see some of the Reserve's most popular inhabitants about, in their natural habitat.Itinerary:Day 1: This morning will be an early one! You can expect your guide to pick you up from your location in Maputo at approximately 5:30am. On the way, the guide will give you a light breakfast to enjoy while we cross the ferry to Catembe. By now, we are on our way to the Reserve, but first we will make a stop at the village of Salamanga to visit a Hindu Temple and a traditional bread factory. Upon arrival at the Maputo Special Reserve, and on our way to lunch, you'll begin to notice wildlife roaming about, a casual drive through a magnificent habitat. Once we finish our lunch in the bush, we will continue on towards Milibangalala where we will camp overnight. When we arrive, the staff will begin camp setup and you have a chance to relax or hit the waves for the rest of the day. This evening, we will enjoy a delicious dinner served up by our camp chef and we will camp in semi-luxury tents.Day 2 - Day 4: Free day to enjoy the surf or extra activities such as birding, slack line, beach games, or bush walks. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be prepared at your request.Day 5: This morning will be our last morning at Milibangalala. You'll have a bit more time here this morning before we head towards Ponta do Ouro. Once we check into our lodge, Paraiso do Ouro Lodge, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy.Day 6: Free day to enjoy the surf or extra activities such as birding, slack line, beach games, or bush walks. Day 7: Free day to enjoy the surf or extra activities such as birding, slack line, beach games, or bush walks. Day 8: Free day to enjoy the surf or extra activities such as birding, slack line, beach games, or bush walks. Day 9: This afternoon, once we have finished our lunch, we will make our way back to Maputo. We are expected to arrive back in the city around 6:30pm. Your guide will drop you off at your accommodation in Maputo.End of tour.

$2612.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Maputo Bay - Special Reserve - Machangulo - 5 Days

Maputo Special Reserve is one of the greatest attractions that Mozambique offers. Although it is one of the least known spots in the world, the Reserve offers plenty of diversity and amazing landscapes, and is of course complete with free roaming wildlife.Machangulo Beach Lodge offers premium ocean view rooms that overlook epic scenery and spectacular views. Equipped with your own private deck, you can expect a very unique and hospitable stay here. Itinerary:Day 1: We begin our tour with a very early pickup from your accommodation in Maputo, around 5:30am. Once you've been picked up, we will make our way to the Catembe Ferry and then drive to Maputo Special Reserve - visiting a local bread factory on the way.Today, lunch will be served either on the way, or once we reach the campsite within the Reserve - depending on our time spent looking at wildlife and road conditions.As we drive, there is ample opportunity to view the wildlife - talk about taking the scenic route!We will then reach our campsite, enjoy a cold beverage and settle in. Dinner this evening will be served at the campsite where we will overnight in tents.Day 2: Today our day is dedicated to exploring Maputo Special Reserve.Day 3: On our third morning together, we will enjoy another delicious breakfast before making our way to Machangulo. Once we reach Machangulo, we will settlie in at these beautiful lodges.Day 4: Today is a free day to explore at your leisure.Day 5: On your last morning, you can enjoy relaxing and soaking in the last day on the beach. We will then begin our boat transfer back to Maputo - upon arrival our guide will drop you off at any location in Maputo.End of tour.

$4199.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Coastal Tour - Anvil Bay - Machangulo Beach Lodge - 5 Days

Anvil Bay is situated on an untouched stretch of coastal wilderness in the Kingdom's most southern national park. The camp was created with the intention of creating the least possible footprint as they wanted to disrupt the wilderness and wildlife as little as possible. Machangulo is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy some adventures at sea if you prefer. The lodge offers spectacular rooms with amazing view.Itinerary:Day 1: This morning will be an early one as you'll be picked up from your specified location in Maputo around 5:30am. We will then cross the Catembe Ferry on our drive the the Maputo Special Reserve. On the way, we will stop at a local bread factory just before we enter the Reserve on route to Anvil Bay. We will enjoy lunch on the way or at the lodge, depending on timing. As we drive through the reserve, there is plenty of opportunity to observe some wildlife - talk about taking the scenic route!Once we reach the lodge, we will relax and settle in.Day 2: Free day at your leisure.Day 3: Once we have enjoyed breakfast, we will check out of the lodge and begin our journey to Machangulo. Upon arrival at Machangulo, we will relax and settle in .Day 4: Free day at your leisure.Day 5: Today, you'll enjoy some free time in the morning before we begin our transfer back to Maputo. Once we arrive at the pier, our guide will drop you off at any point in the city.End of tour.

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