Overview – Maputo Special Reserve

Maputo Special Reserve combines lakes, wetlands, swamp timberlands, grasslands and mangrove backwoods with a coastline that exists in the Maputaland Center of Endemism. As indicated by the most recent information, the number of elephants in the Reserve is around 400 and more than 1,000 different creatures were once again introduced to the reserve, including zebra, warthog, wildebeest, giraffe and a few antelope species. 

  • Wildlife16 Animals

  • High SeasonDecember to January

  • Best Time to GoJuly to October

Pros & Cons

  • The amazing wildlife experience in a delightful seaside setting
  • Extravagant lodge owned by the local community
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Marine wildlife including turtles, whales and dolphins
  • Game drives, dune and beach walks, 4x4 tracks & cycling and fishing are available
  • An opportunity to help an incredible conservation effort
  • Very few lodges are available in the park
  • Beaches get very crowded with South Africans during school holidays
  • 4x4 driving skills required

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Wildlife & Animals – Maputo Special Reserve

Elephants are the main affirmed inhabitants of the Big Five. The most widely recognized antelope is the reedbuck, which prefers the open prairie environment. Nyala and duiker are very normal also. Other creatures to pay special attention to are greater kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, impala and steenbok. Leopard may be available, yet the predator you're probably going to detect is the side-striped jackal.

Wildlife Highlights

An ocean safari is one of the features of Maputo Special Reserve. Dolphins and turtles are seen habitually and fortunate guests may likewise see whale sharks or manta rays. From July to November, humpback whales can likewise be spotted during their annual migration. From late October to late January, both loggerhead and leatherback turtles nest on the seashores. 

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time to capture wildlife viewing is in the Dry season from May to October when animals are concentrated near lakes and other permanent water sources. At this time the vegetation is also thinner making sightings easier.

Birds – Maputo Special Reserve

With more than 350 species recorded, Maputo Special Reserve offers extraordinary birding opportunities. The somewhat little region upholds a shifted scope of living spaces including mangroves, wetlands, timberland, prairie and waterfront rises. This thusly upholds a wide scope of bird species. There are many specials with limited reach to be found in the reserve including green coucal, brown robin, Rudd’s Apalis, Woodwards’ batis and pink-throated twinspot. The lovely rosy-throated longclaw is normal in the lush space.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Maputo is an excellent region for Bird watching which can be visited round the year. However, the best time to visit is in the wet season from November to April. During this time migratory birds are present. 

Best Time to Visit – Maputo Special Reserve

Maputo Special Reserve is certifiably not an excellent wildlife destination. Besides wildlife viewing, the reserve is visited for its seashores, 4x4 tracks, fishing, snorkelling and boating. Contingent upon your inclinations, the reserve is best at various seasons. July to October are the best wildlife viewing months. July to November is an ideal opportunity to see humpback whales during their yearly migration. December to late March is the point at which the turtles are laying their eggs on the seashores.

  • Best Time

    July to October

  • High Season

    December to January

  • Low Season

    Never Busy

  • Best Weather

    April to September

  • Worst Weather

    January and February

May to September (Dry Season)

  • Amazing wildlife viewing opportunities
  • It is sunny, and there is little rain
  • Fewer mosquitoes and less chance of catching malaria
  • Humpback whales can be spotted
  • Warm clothes are recommended for the morning & evening chill weather
  • The bush looks dry and the scenery is less spectacular

May to September (Wet Season)

  • Plenty of baby animals that attract predators
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Turtle season is from December to March
  • Very hot & Humid climate
  • Roads become bad and are sometimes impassable
  • Wildlife viewing is better in Dry Season

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