Niassa is the largest Province in Mozambique. There are places of extraordinary beauty to visit contrasting ith areas of natural woodland. Lake Niassa, the third biggest lake in Africa and Malawi delimit the Province to the West, whilst to the East is Cabo Delgado, to the North Tanzania and to the South Nampula and Zambezia.
The main urban centre is Lichinga, on the plain of the same name in the western part of the Province not far from Lake Niassa.
The main ethnic groups are the Macua, the Nyanja and the Yao.
How to Get There
There are regular flights from Maputo and by road from Cabo Delgado or Malawi, travel via the Chipo / Mandimba border. It is advisable to use 4WD, as parts of the way are rough dirt tracks. There is a train linking Nacala to Malawi, and in Cuamba, the second largest urban Centre, there is a line to Lichinga.
What to Visit
Not to be missed is Lake Niassa, with its fresh transparent water, picturesque and unique landscapes in the mountainous region and the Niassa Reserve covering an area of 42.000 Km2, where large mammals in particular, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos can be photographed in their natural habitat.
The white sandy beaches and transparent waters of the Lake Niassa, are an attractive invitation to forget the hustle and bustle of daily life, and in the evening, the magnificent sunset over the Lake is a truly unforgettable African experience.
The forests and mountains of Niassa with its wildlife, in particular the wide variety of brightly colored birds and large animals, vegetation and natural beauty, offer photography lovers spectacular views.
Fairs and Events
Dancing and music are an integral part of local life. To provide music for the dances, curious wind instruments are carved from the fruit of the calabash plant, the size of the holes determining the sounds emitted.
Where to Shop
Close to the centre of Lichinga is an African market. Basketry, including cylindrical baskets and so called “domestic” utensils specific to this region can be purchased from the artisans themselves or from local bazaars.
The main sporting activity in this region is in fact hunting, and there are a number of big game hunting reserves in the Province of Niassa. Eco-tourism is also an attractive option. Lake Niassa is excellent for scuba diving and snorkeling.