Gorongosa and Niassa
The Niassa Wildlife Reserve in northern Mozambique is one of Africa's last wild places. Covering about twice the area of Kruger Park in South Africa, it is one of the largest conservation areas on the continent. Gorongosa National Park, Sofala Province, is located in the southernmost part of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, and is Mozambique's flagship conservation area.
Gorongosa is Mozambique’s flagship conservation area, and is one of the most exciting travel destinations in Mozambique at the moment, with a visionary restoration project in place to re-establish the park back to its former glory.
Gorongosa National Park has an impressive species list with more and more species being reintroduced on a monthly basis. Predators are recovering slowly, with a number of lion prides and a few male coalitions within the Park.
Elephant herds and bulls are regularly encountered, with the bulls being particularly relaxed providing great viewing. Recently some large elephant bulls have been relocated from the Kruger National Park to provide some wisdom and guidance to their young askaris. Birding at Gorongosa is incredible with excellent quality and quantities of special and endemic birds.
The Niassa Wildlife Reserve in northern Mozambique is one of Africa's last wild places. Covering over 40,000 square kms (that is about twice the size of Kruger Park in South Africa) it is one of the largest conservation areas on the continent. The terrain is dominated by the Rovuma and Lugenda rivers – crocodile and hippo filled waterways that meander their way through the reserve. Perhaps the most striking feature of the Niassa Reserve are the spectacular granite inselbergs that rise imperiously from the surrounding bush.
The highest of these, the Mecula and Jao mountains, are almost a vertical kilometre from top to bottom. The reserve contains by far the largest concentration of wildlife in Mozambique. Until Mozambique’s civil war ended in the early 1990’s, the Niassa Wildlife Reserve remained completely untouched, and since then it’s protected status has seen increasing wildlife numbers – including lion, spotted hyaena, leopard, buffalo, and a healthy elephant population is distinguished for its big tuskers.
This natural wealth, combined the magnificent sceneryand its sheer size makes the Niassa Reserve one of Africa’s last great wildernesses. There are three endemic herbivore species; Johnston’s impala, Niassa wildebeest and Boehm’s zebra.