The Niassa Wildlife Reserve lies in the northern wild of Mozambique and is most often referred to as “one of Africa’s last wild places.” This great park is almost twice the size of Kruger National Park in South Africa and is one of the largest conservation areas on the African continent.
Two of the most striking features of the Niassa Reserve are the Rovuma and Lugenda rivers – crocodile and hippo-filled waterways that flow throughout the reserve. This area is also home to the spectacular granite inselbergs that rise imperiously from the surrounding bush. The highest of these, the Mecula and Jao mountains, are almost one vertical kilometer from top to bottom.
The reserve itself contains by far the largest concentration of wildlife in all of Mozambique. This place has an incredibly pristine feel to it, considering the fact that it remained untouched until the end of Mozambique’s civil war in the early 1990s. Since then, its protected status has seen increasing wildlife numbers, with rising populations of lion, spotted hyaena, leopard, buffalo and elephants known for their exceptionally large tusks. This natural wealth, combined with the magnificent scenery and its sheer size makes the Niassa Reserve one of Africa’s last great wildernesses.