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Niassa Reserve



Niassa is a place that old Africa hands get thoroughly excited about

Niassa is a place that old Africa hands get thoroughly excited about. As once favourite places become more accessible and predictably busier, the emergence of "new" wilderness to explore is enough to make you want to haul out your old tent and get out there. At the moment, Niassa is just that...a place where you go on an expedition. It is remote and huge (at over 40,000km2) with a limited road network and few accommodation options.

If you are up for an expedition though, then this is precisely where you should head. You may well see elephant, buffalo, zebra, hartebeest and eland, while lion, wild dog and leopard are found here too but can be fairly elusive so don't expect them around every corner.  There are a number of villages too, dotted about the reserve, so while you are unlikely to be bumping into other tourists, you may well encounter some of the local people who call this vast wilderness home.

The scenery is dramatic with wide river beds, rocky outcrops and dense bush. There are still villagers living in areas of the park and their habit of burning the bush does leave some areas looking rather sad, and this may also affect your chances of seeing wildlife.

A few of our favourite places to stay:

Lugenda Wilderness Camp

Lugenda has the advantage of being one of the only places to stay


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At Natural High, we've had long experience putting together trips in Africa that really work. Whether it's intimate bushcamps in out of the way places, or a private lodge in one of Africa's top-billing wildlife areas, light mobile camping or remote island escapes, we know there is a lot to choose from. We're absolutely confident that we can recommend the right places for you.

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