Bordering Tanzania, Niassa is a remote reserve in a region used mainly for hunting. The Lugenda area is a good place for a remote game experience and a chance to view the big cats. The massive region of Lugenda (it's the size of Massachusetts!) is accessible by air from Pemba.

Niassa Reserve affords good game viewing and, in addition to cats, you will see elephant, buffalo, impala, zebra, wildebeest, crocodile, and hippo. Activities include walking, game drives, and canoeing, as well as rock-climbing to view the cave art.

Although Niassa doesn’t have the large herds of animals seen in the Serengeti or Maasai Mara, the game is definitely present. We do recommend spending 3 nights in the reserve for the best opportunity to see a wide variety of game.

Because it isn’t easy to reach, Niassa is a more exclusive, off-the-beaten-track destination for wildlife lovers. Once you are there, you are conscious of the lack of civilization around you and we love its seclusion.

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