You can reach the Reserve through charter flights from the airports of Lichinga and Pemba. The Reserve has landing strips in Mbatamila (the Reserve’s headquarters), Mecula and Kambaco.


Go straight through the district of Marrupa, in the Province of Niassa, from the district of Montepuez. In the Provinces of Cabo Delgado and Zambézia, you can go from Gurué – Cuamba – Marrupa. From Tanzania, from the Unity bridge in the district of Mueda and from Malawi, through the Mandimba border – Lichinga – Marrupa.

Visit the Reserve preferably in the cooler months, between May and December.

Hiking, car rides, safaris, canoeing and climbing.

There are guest houses in the districts’ headquarters at Mecula, Mavago, Marrupa, Mueda and Montepuez. In the margins of the Lugenda river, you have the Lugenda Wilderness Camp, within the Reserve.

The Reserve hosts the largest elephant populations in the country besides lions, leopards, buffalos and wild dogs. Its diverse landscape includes miombo forests, mountain forests, riverside vegetation, opens savannahs and prairies.

Besides the Big Five, it also hosts other species such as the hartebeest, zebra, eland, sable antelope, wildebeest, kudo, waterbuck, impala, duiker and klipspringer, hippopotamus, as well as a large variety of birds and reptiles.

It’s one of the largest nature reserves in the world and the largest in Mozambique, also hosting the largest diversity of fauna in the whole country. It has a frontier of around 300 km with Tanzania and has a transfrontier wildlife corridor with the Niasse-Selous Reserve.


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