Wildlife & Animals – Niassa NR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Due to nearby hunting concessions and a lack of habituation, animals tend to be skittish. Four of the Big Five are present. Elephants are quite common. Lions are sometimes spotted and wild dogs are well represented in the park. There is a good variety of antelope species including Lichtenstein's hartebeest, greater kudu, bushbuck, waterbuck, klipspringer and reedbuck.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeOccasional
HippoAbundant
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraOccasional
LionRare
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

Of special interest is the large population of sable antelope. These regal antelopes are usually found in thick miombo woodland. Also worth noting is the three endemic subspecies found in Niassa: Crawshay's zebra (lacks the shadow stripes of other subspecies), Niassa wildebeest (larger than other subspecies) and Johnston's impala (smaller than other subspecies).

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season from May to October is the best time for spotting animals in Niassa. Wildlife is easier to see at that time because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around the river and other permanent water sources.

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