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MAPUTO SPECIAL ELEPHANT RESERVE

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Idyllically nestled on the pristine peninsula of Machangulo in southern Mozambique, our tropical hide-away Machangulo Beach Villa is perfectly located to access one of the sub-continent’s most under-rated and lesser known wildlife areas … the Maputo Special Elephant Reserve.

With roots going back to 1932, the reserve is an essential component of Peace Parks’ Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation and Resource Area. This 10 000 km2 zone encompasses four distinct transfrontier conservation areas between Mozambique, South Africa and The Kingdom of eSwatini and includes the first marine transfrontier area in Africa, the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve turtle monitoring programme and iSimangaliso Wetland Park in SA.

Incredibly, the zone is classified as one of the world’s 36 biologically richest and most endangered eco-regions. A hidden gem of lakes, wetlands, swamp forests, grasslands, mangrove and dune forests with a pristine coastline! Herds of giraffe, antelope, zebra and wildebeest are common, with the crown jewel being a herd of 400 resolute elephant. A marine highlight is of course the protected breeding beaches for both leatherback and loggerhead turtles.

The Africa Experience and the Timbo Afrika Foundation are also committed to turtle conservation and raising the bar of awareness of this remote and stunningly under-visited wilderness region. A bucket-list beach bonanza and more!


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