Niassa – the word evokes images of vast expanses of pristine wilderness untouched by Man, teeming with a rich diversity of rare species of birds and game. Niassa does not disappoint.
Miombo Woodland covers more than half of the reserve; other habitats include open savanna with wetlands and forested regions. The vistas from the Inselbergs within the park will take your breath away. Mecula Mountain – with its botanical rarities – is located in the center of the Niassa National Reserve, the highest rock formation at 1441 meters above sea level.
The Niassa National Reserve extends through northern Mozambique to the border with Tanzania comprising an area of 42 000km2 which is twice the size of the Kruger National Park.
One of Africa´s largest reserves, Niassa is home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo as well as to rare and endangered species such as the endemic Johnston’s Impala, Niassa Wildebeest, Boehm´s Zebra, Sable Antelope and a healthy population of African Wild Dog. Forty species of fish have been recorded in its rivers that are also home to thriving Hippopotamus and Crocodiles.
Niassa is for the adventurous traveller who has already ticked the “big five” and would like to experience something available nowhere else in Mozambique: an extremely remote wilderness where animals behave like wild animals. In the Niassa National Reserve, a place so vast that 13,000 elephant disappear for months at a time, every game sighting is an added bonus of an already exhilarating experience.
Bird watchers twitch in anticipation at the prospect of visiting Niassa National Reserve and having a chance to see up to 500 recorded species. The reserve is north of the Zambezi , where a whole new book of bird species live. Some of the specials include the Taita Falcon, Southern Banded Snake-eagle, Böhm´s Bee-eater, the African Pitta and the Stierling’s Woodpecker.