Wildlife in Mozambique
Wildlife in Mozambique. The former Portuguese colony is a wonderful place if you imagine the perfect summer holiday as a combination of exotics, pure nature and relatively low prices. The people of Mozambique are hospitable, smiling and tolerant. You shouldn’t think that there are only white beaches and unspoiled nature. The local music maxixe has fans worldwide, and the cuisine is a delicious blend of African, Portuguese and Brazilian touches.
The Niassa National Reserve
The niassa national reserve is the largest protected area in Mozambique and one of the largest in Africa.
Located in the far north of Mozambique, covering an area of 42.000km2 the Niassa (Nyasa) Reserve is home to large populations of game animals, in particular huge herds of elephants and plenty of big cats. The reserve also boasts a population of African wild dog of over 350, significant for an endangered mammal.
The reserve is Mozambique's largest protected area. Its northern border is the Rovuma river, the border with Tanzania, and the southern / eastern border is the Lugenda River. The Niassa National Reserve is a land full of history, myths and culture.
Apart from an advantageous location, halfway between Lake Niassa and the coast of Pemba ant the Quirimbas islands, the grandeur of the region, its pristine landscapes, and the abundance of wild animals are the greatest tourist attractions of the reserve. Thes subtle qualities of the Niassa Reserve create the opportunity for it to becoma in future a destination for exclusive ecotourism in southern Africa.
It is located in the middle of one of the most impressive forest in Mozambique-the Moribane forest. This forest, which is part of the buffer zone of the Chimanimani National Reserve, is one of the largest low altitude tropical forest in southern Africa, and is the territory of two giants. One of them, which can be 40 metres tall, is the Newtonia tree. These trees are un mistakable because of their imposing stature in the forest and the particular form of their trunks. And this second giant has given its name to this eco-tourist camp. Ndzou means elephant in the local language.
The safari park is only a few kilometres from Maputo City, but that is enough for us to feel far from the entanglements of urbanisation. Inaugurated in mid-2007, the park now contains a good diversity of species, from giraffes and wildebeest to zebras, water buffalo, impalas and ostriches. The park offers a menu of dishes from zambezia province of excellent quality. From mucapata (rice with split peas), to prawn curry with cabbage, to roast chicken zambezia style, meat stew with coconut to the delicious fish cakes. The restaurant is well located with a view over a small lake, where animals come to drink at the end of the day.