Things to Do in Maputo Elephant Reserve

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Things to do near Maputo Elephant Reserve

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Sodwana Beach

Sodwana Beach

Beaches in Sodwana Bay (125 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Sodwana Bay offers an incredibly long stretch of pristine beach to explore and walk. During December and January, thousands of Gautengers come here for their summer holiday, so keep this in mind if you’re seeking a quiet break. Scuba diving is very popular, and dive boats launch daily to the outlying coral reefs. There's great horse riding on the...

Kosi Bay Beach

Kosi Bay Beach

Beaches in Kosi Bay (61.6 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Stretching south of the Mozambique border, the gorgeous sandy beach at Kosi Bay Nature Reserve has much to offer nature and ocean lovers. Part of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beach lies parallel to the Kosi lakes and long strip of high sand dunes interrupted by a sandy estuary. Dolphin and whale watchers will be...

Ponta do Ouro Beach

Ponta do Ouro Beach

Beaches in Ponta do Ouro (49.4 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Ponto do Ouro boasts wonderful beach based activities including surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, turtle watching tours, hiking trails, horse riding trails and canoeing. Venture off the beach and there’s still so much to do – elephant interactions, quad biking and mountain biking are just some of the amazing activities on...

Kosi Bay Mouth

Kosi Bay Mouth

Dams Vleis in Kosi Bay (64.3 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

The Kosi Bay estuary system consists of a series of interconnecting channels and four lakes that flow into the sandy estuary mouth before reaching the Indian Ocean. This subtropical paradise features spectacular wildlife, birds and plants, including interesting species of mangrove and palms. Hippo and crocodile occur in the higher reaches....

Maputo Special Reserve

Maputo Special Reserve

Nature Reserves in Maputo (8.6 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Formerly known as the Maputo Elephant Reserve, the Maputo Special Reserve is a perfect day trip for people staying in the Maputo area. Recently the reserve joined parks in Swaziland and South Africa and now forms part of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area. The scenic diversity of marine and inshore habitats offers amazing opportunities...

Kosi Mouth

Kosi Mouth

Beaches in Kosi Bay (54.7 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Kosi Mouth, Kosi Bay - northern-most tip of South Africa. Beautiful white sand beaches that stretch forever. Snorkel in the sanctuary or let your kids play in the lagoon. Look out for eels, lion fish, boxies, triggerfish.

Quad Biking

Quad Biking

Popular Attractions in Ponta do Ouro (49.3 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Quad bikes are a great way to explore the area around Ponta do Ouro. Travel north towards Ponta Malongane and beyond. Quad bikes can be rented on an hourly, half-day or daily rate. Guided quad adventures are also available which include snorkeling, bird watching, meals, sun downer cocktails and snacks.

Turtle Cliff Trail

Turtle Cliff Trail

Hiking Trail in Bilene (133 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Walk from the lagoon mouth to the viewpoint on top of Turtle Cliff. The climb starts 1.5 km from the beach. Enjoy magnificent 360-degree views of Bilene Lagoon and the coastline. It’s a great place to watch whales on their migration up the Mozambique's coastline between May and August.

Fernando's Bar

Fernando's Bar

Bars in Ponta do Ouro (49.3 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Fernando's Bar is located opposite the market in the middle of Ponta do Ouro. Famous for his "R&Rs" and his warm hospitality, this little bar has grown from a tiny little bar to a huge attraction in the area.

Swim With Dolphins

Swim With Dolphins

Popular Attractions in Ponta do Ouro (49 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

If you’re an ocean and animal lover, add this to your bucket list! The Dolphin Centre's dolphin tours are eco mindful and specially tailored for clients. The Dolphin Centre offers boat trips, which includes a snorkel at a stunning reef. Whales and turtles can be seen (turtle season runs from October to March).

Deep Sea Fishing with Planet Scuba

Deep Sea Fishing with Planet Scuba

Popular Attractions in Ponta do Ouro (49.3 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

When it comes to the thrill of deep-sea fishing, the waters off Southern Mozambique offer the best around. Test your skills against challenging fish varieties such as marlin, sailfish, dorado, king mackerel, tuna and plenty of others. Fishermen are welcome to bring their own boat to Planet Scuba – staff will assist you in launching your boat and...

Dolphin Encountours

Dolphin Encountours

Beaches in Ponta do Ouro (49.3 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Live your dream and swim with dolphins in Ponta do Ouro. The four-day dolphin encounter includes an introduction to dolphins in the wild, research undertaken in the area and the dolphin care in-water code of conduct. Tours include three early morning launches to observe and interact with dolphins as well as snorkeling at magnificent reefs....

Scuba Diving with Devocean Diving

Scuba Diving with Devocean Diving

Beaches in Ponta do Ouro (49.3 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Scuba diving in Ponta Do Ouro is a unique and magical experience. There is an incredible variety of marine life to be seen, including whales, dolphins, sharks, fish, frogs and turtles. One of the passionate professionals from Devocean Diving can guide you through the paradise of Ponta, and if you'd like to continue learning more about diving...

4 x 4 Adventures

4 x 4 Adventures

Four By Four Trails in Ponta do Ouro (49.6 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

The area around Ponta do Ouro is a 4 x 4 paradise with soft sand roads winding through the dense and unspoiled dune forest, inland flood plains and numerous lakes/marshlands. In summer the rain can sometimes turn the roads into large, muddy pools, and in winter the sand roads dry out leaving a fine-grain surface; both of which resulting in...

Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

Nature Reserves in Kosi Bay (56.8 km from Maputo Elephant Reserve)

Situated in the northernmost section of the stunning iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a wonderful sub-tropical wilderness escape. Four interconnected lakes and an estuary link up to the ocean, offering a playground for canoeing, boat trips, snorkelling, hiking, bird watching and horse riding. The Kosi lake system is home to...