Niassa Game Reserve
Lugenda River inside Niassa Reserve © TimCowley
Spanning an area of 42,000 square kilometres (10 million acres), the Niassa Game Reserve is the largest protected area in Mozambique, and one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the whole of Africa. Twice the size of South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, making it roughly the size of Denmark, the Niassa Reserve boasts an abundance of wildlife, incredibly varied bird life, and absolutely stunning natural scenery. The park is special because it is essentially a wilderness area and is relatively unexplored.
Visitors to the Niassa Game Reserve will be spellbound by the changing landscape, ranging from mountain forests to miombo forests and savanna grasslands, not to mention the high concentration of wild animals, including something like 13,000 elephants, 200 endangered wild dogs, lions, leopards and a huge assortment of birds. Giant rock formations called the inselbergs, of which Mecula Mountain is the largest, are another exciting feature of the park. Tourists are urged to visit between April and October, as this is the prime game viewing season. The best place to stay in the Niassa Reserve is definitely the world-class Lugenda Wilderness Camp, which offers visitors comfortable lodgings, game drives, hiking trails, rock climbing and incredible star-gazing opportunities.