​Overview – Maputo NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Proclaimed in December 2021, Maputo National Park is Mozambique’s newest conservation area. It is the mergence of Maputo Special Reserve, which was established to protect southern Africa’s last remaining coastal elephants, and the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve. The reintroduction of cheetah is the most exciting development of a rewilding program which has translocated almost 5000 animals to the park since 2010.

Best Time to Go July to October (Animals are easy to find)
High Season mid-Dec to mid-Jan (SA school holidays)
Size 1,700km² / 656mi²
Altitude 0-30m / 0-98ft

Pros & Cons

  • Wildlife viewing in a beautiful coastal setting
  • Luxurious lodge owned by the local community
  • Stunning beaches
  • 4x4 tracks for enthusiasts
  • Marine wildlife including turtles, whales and dolphins
  • Activities include game drives, dune and beach walks, cycling and fishing
  • Chance to support a great conservation effort and the local community
  • Not a lot of wildlife in the reserve
  • 4x4 driving skills required
  • Beaches get busy with South Africans during school holidays

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Wildlife

The park is a sanctuary for 400 or so coastal elephants. Other common animals include giraffe, warthog, blue wildebeest and zebra which can often be seen grazing together. Reedbuck is abundant in the grasslands and red duiker can be seen tip-toeing around in forest patches. There are healthy populations of hippos and crocodiles in the lakes.

Scenery

The main draw of the park is not its wildlife, but the idyllic, sandy beaches. Further away from the shoreline, you’ll find a spectacular area that combines lakes, wetlands, sand forests, grasslands and mangrove forests.

Weather & Climate

Maputo NP has a sub-tropical climate with hot and humid summer months (from October to April) and cooler, dry winter months (from May to September). Winter and summer are at opposite times of the year as in Europe and North America. The wettest months are January and February, and regular heavy downpours can be expected.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Maputo NP depends on your interests. General wildlife viewing is best from July to October in the Dry season, while swimming, snorkeling and other beach activities can be enjoyed throughout the year. December to late March is when you’ll have a chance to see turtles coming on the beach to lay their eggs.

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Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

Elephant and bird nirvana
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About an hour’s drive south of the capital Maputo, this reserve protects a scenic tract of coastal bush and grassland boasting 50km of Indian Ocean frontage and several lakes. Part of the Ndumo-Tembe-Futi Transfrontier Conservation Area,...

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