Covering an area of 42,000km² - over twice the of Kruger National Park - the Niassa Reserve is the largest protected area in Mozambique, and one of the largest on the African continent. The reserve is located in the far northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Niassa on the Tanzanian border and is characterised by its striking granite outcrops, or ‘inselbergs’, that loom imposingly over the surrounding miombo woodland.
Remote and untamed, the reserve has remained relatively unexplored by the outside world, and today only receives a handful of visitors each year. Like much of Mozambique, wildlife populations in the reserve were ravaged by poaching during the civil war, and are still wary of human presence. However, wildlife has recovered remarkably in recent years, and Niassa now boasts significant numbers of endangered African wild dogs, over 400 bird species and an estimated 16,000 elephants, as well as three endemic species – the Niassa wildebeest, Boehm’s zebra and Johnston’s impala.