The Quiçama National
situated in the north-western part of Angola, approximately 70 kilometres
from Luanda, the capital of Angola. Established as a game reserve
in 1938, Quiçama was only proclaimed a National Park on 11 January
Ocean forms the Park's 120 kilometer long western border, while
the perennial Cuanza and Longa rivers constitute the northern and
southern borders respectively. The eastern border consists of a
belt of dense, tall thicket. Quiçama covers an area of roughly 9
960 square kilometres/1.2 million hectares.
A wide variety
of habitat types occur such as the flood plain of the Cuanza river,
an adjoining low escarpment and a transitional zone of grassland.
The interior of the Park includes dense thicket, tree savanna and
large open grasslands. This implies a carrying capacity for a potentially
wide-ranging spectrum of wildlife.
Due to various
factors such as the 21-year war, widespread and persistent poaching,
as well as the over utilization of the herbaceous vegetation, little
was left of the once teeming herds that roamed the Park. The remaining
number, if any, of elephant, rhino and buffalo in Angola, were unknown.
Dwarf forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nannus), roan antelope,
eland, bushbuck, waterbuck, as well as the manatee, marine turtles
and tarpin have been sighted in Quiçama but only an extensive game
count will provide a reliable estimate. An imposing amount of bird
life, however, still abounds.
Quiçama National Park, the Kissama
Foundation was established with objectives to rehabilitate the
park as well as the other national parks of Angola. To
date there have been two successful relocations of elephant, one
in 2000 and one in 2001, and Quiçama National Park now has a small
population of elephant.
To view the
previous two aerial relocations, click
comprising thatched chalets which overlook the flood plain of the
Cuanza river, has been renovated and are open to tourists. Every
unit is self-contained with its own ablution facilities. A luxury
lodge of world class standards will be built within the foreseeable
future at the mouth of the Cuanza river. The lodge will be unique
in that it will incorporate both a sea and river front.
include fishing, sunning on the beach, cruises on the river, bird-watching
as well as game drives into the Park. This will be a lodge set within
unsurpassable surroundings with a myriad of activities to choose
Noah's Ark 2000 / 2001