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Niassa Reserve in Mozambique

Learn more about the Niassa Reserve in the Niassa Province of Northern Mozambique


Welcome to the largest protected reserve in Mozambique at an enormous 42,000km². The Niassa Reserve is located in northern Mozambique within the Niassa Province and is a transfrontier park linking to the Lukwika-Lumesule Game Reserve of Tanzania. When the Lake Niassa Reserve project is complete, it will also link there too.

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Unfortunately, the reserve hasn't received the recognition it truly deserves due to its remoteness and lack of infrastructure, compromising its opportunity for serious tourism interest to further improve and get the reputation like many other parks in Mozambique.

Mozambican officials admit, quote: "remoteness and difficult access ... lack of any established tourism infrastructure and the logistical hardship associated with starting an enterprise under these conditions."

Today, the reserve is now considered a Lion Conservation Unit since 2005.

Fun Fact:

Did you know, the Niassa Reserve is twice the size of the Kruger National Park and larger than all of South Africa's protected areas combined! In an another comparison, the reserve also has an area twice the size of Massachusetts, Wales or Denmark! Read more about Niassa Reserve

The landscape and eco-region is absolutely incredible being one of the world's largest miombo woodland preserves with 50% miombo forests and the rest open savannas, wetlands, isolated patches of forests where spectacular inselberg mountains on the horizon tower into the sky including the Mecula Mountain at 1440m. 95% of Niassa Reserve's Biomass is vegetation including over 190 species of trees and shrubs.

A truly remarkable region in Africa easily putting it as a Hidden Gem on as an attempt to give the reserve the recognition it gravely needs.

Niassa reserve also boasts some of the largest populations of wildlife species including the endangered African wild dog which was last recorded at over 350 which is a significant percentage considering the specie's global population is estimated at approximately 8000. The iconic Niassa elephant population of 3000, over 12000 sable antelope, lion, large populations of the Cape buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, impala and leopards. And native species of the Bohem's zebra, Niassa wildebeest and Johnston's Impala.

The massive Lugenda River lined with baobab trees on the banks is a popular watering hole to watch these beautiful creatures drink and cool off from under the hot sun. Amongst the wildlife, Lugenda river is another attraction for local fishermen who use hand-made Mokoros (dugout canoes) and nets placed strategically underwater to get their catch despite the presence of Nile crocodiles.

Head up to village town of Mecula located at the foothills of Mount Mecula almost 1.5km high and enjoy a long but rewarding hike up the mountain where you can admire incredible elevated views of the reserve and inselbergs from high up. Ancient rock paintings can also be found on a massive bolder on Nkopola Mountain.

With endless things to do and so much to see, this is certainly a bucket list opportunity of a lifetime that we highly recommend. Exquisite, rustic lodging can also be found in the reserve.

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The area of Niassa Reserve is characterized under: Cultural & Community Mountains & Forests Peace & Tranquillity Wildlife & Nature

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The Niassa Reserve

Welcome to the largest protected reserve in Mozambique at a enormous 42,000km². The Niassa Reserve is located in northern Mozambique within the Cabo Delgado Province and is a transfrontier park linking to the Lukwika-Lumesule Game Reserve of Tanzania. When the Lake Niassa Reserve project is complete, it will also link there.

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Bazaruto Islands

Southern Mozambique

Santa Carolina (One of the Bazaruto Islands) hosted the popular and well known TV Show 'Survivor South Africa' in 2010.


Southern Mozambique

Visitors will be pleasantly treated with a game drive through the Maputo Special Reserve before reaching the Machangulo Peninsula. Spot various wildlife from elephants to giraffes, zebra, antelope, flamingos, crocodiles, hippos, birdlife among others ...


Southern Mozambique

Zavora is a beautiful beach renowned for its huge protective reef running 2km parallel and close to the shoreline. This reef acts as a natural tidal pool with shallow, calm waters, perfect for activities such as snorkeling, swimming and fishing

Island of Mozambique

Northern Mozambique

The Island of Mozambique has played an important role since the 10th century in intercontinental trade to the East, in the 16th century is was an established and wealthy trading port for ships sailing on monsoon winds and where cargoes of ivory, gold and slaves were traded for fabrics and spices from India and Arabia.


Southern Mozambique

Tofo Bay is ideally situated along the well renowned Manta Coast - a popular dive site region for all levels of diving experience with over 30 dive sites to explore.

Santa Maria

Southern Mozambique

Find beautiful pansy shells off the beaches of Santa Maria during a spring low tide, full or new moon.


Southern Mozambique

Ponta Falsa (the tip of Pomene beach) has some great rocky cliff features including the "whole in the wall" and a huge blowhole. Explore the ruins of the Old Pomene Hotel which was once the holiday home of Samora Machel where one can admire beautiful bay views

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Categories Explained

For better understanding, we have put together a brief summary guide of what each category means and to also give you an idea of what each associated icon refers to when you see them on listings & adverts.

Listed in alphabetical order

Backpackers Lodge:

Those who are on a tight budget should keep a lookout for this category icon. This type of establishment offers dormitory (shared) bedroom accommodation with other "Backpackers" generally using either single beds or bunk beds with a communal kitchen and shared ablutions.

Bar On-Site:

Meaning the venue has its own bar on-site with staff serving alcohol/non-alcohol beverages and perhaps "pub-grub" included. They may offer satellite TV for bar patrons to follow the latest sporting fixtures live and may also host live music on certain days / evenings.

Bed & Breakfast:

If an establishment has this icon, this means they either include breakfast in their rates or offer the opportunity for you to choose to include breakfast during your stay which is usually served to guests in an on-site breakfast room dinette or restaurant. Some B&B's offer basic / light (continental) breakfasts, Full English breakfasts or buffet style breakfast options.

Campsite / Glamping:

Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.

Conference Venue:

This means the establishment has a dedicated hall room specially arranged and equipped with most facilities to host important business meetings, teambuilding events or any other occasion alike.

Disabled Friendly Accommodation:

Goes without saying. Any establishment marked with this icon and listed under this category offers facilities for those who have reduced mobility. They may have basic facilities for these conditions or advanced. Kindly enquire with them directly for more information and/or specific requirements you may need.

Dive Charter:

These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Eco Lodges:

Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.

Fishing Charter:

This means the associated business offers professional paid-for deep sea fishing charters / outings and excursions for those fishing enthusiasts (and for newbies). They generally have a fully equipped fishing boat and all the fishing gear ready for clients to bait up and cast a line. Their expertize, knowledge and experience will reward you with some of the best fishing spots for an action packed deep sea fishing experience.

For Sale:

If you're looking to invest or buy property in Mozambique, keep an eye out for this category for the latest in the property market.

Full Board Accommodation:

Full Board means breakfast, lunch and dinner (also known as "All Inclusive"). If a venue is listed under this category, then they either offer guests the choice of a full board meal plan during their stay or their rates by default include full board meals. a lot of these establishments will have private personal chefs serving guests top class cuisine.

Group Accommodation:

Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".

Guest House:

Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.

Holiday Home:

This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.

Honeymoon / Romantic Accommodation:

Very self-explanatory. A venue will be listed under this category if they offer a specific luxury, private honeymoon suite or because our admin has "hand-picked" the establishment to be perfect for such an occasion based on their location and facilities offered. However, you are the best judge when it comes to planning that special getaway with your loved one anyway. Pssst ... and it doesn't have to be expensive either to enjoy, right?!


A hotel is generally a large premises that can accommodate a large amount of guests in many adjacent rooms grading from standard 2 sleeper units to "executive" luxury suites offering more in-room space and facilities. They generally have a restaurant and bar on-site for all day meals and drinks (quite often offered on a buffet dining basis). Other on-site facilities may include a swimming pool, gym, spa, in/outdoor entertainment area for kids, a conference / wedding room for meetings / ceremonies and a small shop.

Restaurant / Personal Chef(s) On-Site:

This indicates that the establishment has a small / large restaurant on-site for their guests (they may also accept walk-ins for non-guests) or they have on-board catering staff serving guests in their own private space or in a designated dining area.

Self Catering:

This type of establishment offers guests facilities required to cater / cook on their own terms whether it be within a holiday home for example or on communal grounds.


This means the establishment has spa facilities and services offered to guests who are looking for personal treatments during their vacation.

Tours & Safaris:

These business services can range from swimming with dolphins, horse riding, city tours, boat tours, island tours, dhow tours to game drives and more. You'll have to click on their advert to find out more and what they have to offer.

Wedding Venue:

This means, the venue has all the on-site facilities and catering services to host large or small weddings and ceremonies. Depending on the size of the wedding, some may have enough units to accommodate all wedding guests.