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Niassa Reserve - Mozambique

It is a nature reserve in Cabo Delgado Province and Niassa Province, Mozambique. The reserve covers over 42,000 sq km and the largest protected area in the country. Niassa Reserve is part of the Trans-Frontier Conservation Area and links to the Tanzanian Selous Game Reserve. The northern border is formed by the Rovuma River, which also forms the border with Tanzania. The Lugenda River forms the border to the southeast, Luatize River to the southeast, and Lussanhando River to the west. Niassa did not receive effective protection until the end of the Mozambican Civil War with the signing of the Rome General Peace Accords while Mozambique was still Portuguese East Africa. Since then, the Mozambican government has set up management systems in order to protect the ecology of northern Mozambique.

Niassa is part of the Eastern Miombo woodlands, which also encompasses parts of Tanzania and Malawi. The reserve is one of the largest miombo woodland reserves in the world, with miombo forest covering half of the preserve. The remainder is mostly open savannah, with some wetlands and isolated patches of forest. 95% of the preserve's biomass is vegetation, which includes 21 types of plant matter and 191 species of trees and shrubs. Niassa reserve boasts an African wild dog population of over 200, significant for an endangered mammal with a global population estimated at 3000. The park boasts a sable antelope population of 9000, an elephant population of 12000, over 400 bird species, and large populations of Cape buffalo, impala, wildebeest, zebra and leopards. The area has three endemic species - the Niassa wildebeest, Boehm's zebra, and Johnston's Impala. The reserve is home to Mecula Mountain, located at the center of the park with a height of 1,441 meters.

Accommodation

1. Lugenda Wilderness Camp is Located in the greater Niassa National Reserve in the remotest corner of northern Mozambique.

2. Hotel Pemba Beach and SPA

 

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