The Maputo Special Reserve (MSR) is one of the most beautiful and, at the same time, poorly known conservation areas in southern Africa.  The large variety of habitats, ranging from mangrove forest, tidal wetlands, large treeless grass plains to dense sand forest, supports an impressive diversity of bird species.

Day 1
Enjoying the early morning breeze we cross the Maputo Bay to Catembe and drive south to Salamanga with its impressive Hindu Temple. Here we will have a chance to look around before crossing the Maputo and Futi rivers where we enter the Maputo Elephant Reserve and head towards the coast. Enroute there is time to stop and view the wildlife and the extensive variety of birds found in this area. Elephant [est.350], crocodile, hippopotamus, red duiker,  vervet and samango monkeys all being spotted regularly. A leisurely lunch is served next to one of the many lakes before making our way to the coast.

Day 2
A chance to unwind on a deserted beach , take a walk along the coast and maybe catch sight of the rare red duiker catching the morning breeze on the edge of the sand dunes.
Birders will be rewarded with a  wide variety of species including several species of sunbirds, Sooty Falcons, Water Dikkop, Olive Bee-eater, Mangrove Kingfisher and a variety of waders. Add to this a variety of raptors and  shore birds and there is something for  ecveryone
June to december is whale season and humpbacks can often be spotted off the coast. Late october through to  early january is the time the leather back and green turtles come ashore and lay there eggs ,with the young hatchlings heading for the water March til early May.

For those inclined there will be the chance to try your hand at surf fishing or "dobadoba'ing" off  the  reef.  Nothing beats the taste of fresh fish on the  braai

Day 3
We pack up and  head back through the reserve  to Maputo hoping yet again to spot some elephants enroute.