Lugenda Mountain | Mozambique safari
If you have already visited the Niassa Reserve in the far north of Mozambique, you will agree with us when we say that this is one of the most spectacular reserves in Africa as far as landscape is concerned. Niassa Reserve has the highest concentration of game in Mozambique and a landscape that will bring you a sense of both peace and euphoria. If plans go ahead, Niassa Reserve will form part of a large Transfrontier Conservation Area in the future.
Large biodiversity in the Niassa Game Reserve
Covering a surface area of 42,000 km2 (including 20,000 km2 of buffer zones), Niassa Reserve is no less than twice as large as Kruger Park in South Africa - roughly as large as Wales or Denmark. Contrary to what the name infers, Niassa Reserve is not located near Lake Niassa but in the far north of Mozambique. The reserve has a large number of different habitats, including miombo forests, swamps, open savannahs and river forests on the banks of the four rivers in Niassa Reserve: Rovuma River, which runs along the border, the Lugendo, the Luatize and the Lussanhando. There are also isolated granite mountains dotted here and there in the reserve.
Wealth of game in Niassa Reserve
The game population has been gradually increasing again since the end of the war and nowhere else in Mozambique will you have the opportunity to see so many wild animals as in the Niassa Reserve. You will encounter endemic animals such as Johnston's impala, Niassa wildebeest, Boehm's zebra, and - of course - elephants. You'll not find tusks as large as the ones here in Kruger Park, on the Serengeti in Tanzania, or in the Masai Mara in Kenya. The almost extinct African wild dogs are also in abundance here.
Exclusive accommodation in Niassa Reserve
Its location directly to the south of Tanzania means that the reserve has enormous potential. Operations are currently under way to establish the infrastructure and the first exclusive, small-scale lodge has been opened. The remoteness of this location makes it an ideal destination for honeymooners.
Transfrontier Conservation Area
Plans have been laid to link Niassa Reserve to a marine reserve that is planned in the Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado and to the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. If these plans go ahead, the resulting Transfrontier Conservation Area will proudly boast Africa's largest biodiversity.