“Barely a 60-minute drive south from Maputo, the capital, 1,040-square-kilometre Maputo Special Reserve is as off-the-map a destination as I can imagine. In my three days here, I only see four other vehicles. But not for lack of game. Just five minutes into the park, a herd of gazelles bounds across our path. Then a tower of five giraffes emerges languorously from the thorny scrub. We stop, and I approach on foot through the grass (there’s a benefit to no predators) until they turn and lope off in gaiting strides.” Story and photography by Christopher P. Baker for MONTECRISTO Spring 2018.