Quiçama National Park

 

Quiçama National Park opening 2001 - View

Recent Photos of Kissama - View

Elephant Relocation 2000 - View

Elephant Relocation 2001 - View

 

Location:

The Quiçama National Park is situated in the north-western part of Angola , approximately 70 kilometres from Luanda, the capital of Angola.

Ecological borders:

The Atlantic Ocean forms the Park’s 120 km 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.

History:

Established as a game reserve in 1938, Quiçama was only proclaimed a National Park on 11 January 1957.

 


Baobab tree on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean

Habitat:

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.

Fauna:

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 is left of the once teeming herds that roamed the Park. At this stage the remaining number, if any, of elephant, rhino and buffalo in Angola, are 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.


The Quiçama National Park has
110 km of beautiful coastline.

Accommodation:

Pousada Càua, 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. Activities will 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 from.