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Niassa National Reserve

Marked by sudden pockets of mountains, twice the size of Kruger National Park, and supporting both wetland and savannah, Niassa National Reserve’s forty-two thousand square kilometres is a must for anyone after in a range of really interesting game.

A wilderness virtually untouched by the twenty-first century, it is refuge to two hundred endangered Cape hunting dog, to a number of other predators, to kudu, bushbuck, impala, wildebeest, waterbuck, reedbuck and hippo. Of special interest are three sub-species – the Niassa Wildebeest, Boehm’s Zebra and Johnston’s Impala – all endemic to the Niassa area.

Despite the effects of misanthropic colonial policy, and of the civil wars that followed, Niassa National Reserve remains the home of twenty-five thousand Mozambicans, many of whom continue to live – fishing, iron smelting and honey gathering – as they have for the past thousand or so years.

Very different from the parks and reserves on offer in the likes of, say, northern Tanzania, Niassa National Reserve is a very wild experience, and would suit, therefore, a particularly adventureous type of traveller.

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Bordered by Tanzania in the north and by Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland to the west and south, Mozambique is located on the eastern coast of southern Africa. At the moment (2011), Journeys by Design designs itineraries that include the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos, Gorongosa National Park and Niassa National Reserve.

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