Niassa is the largest Province in Mozambique. There are places of extraordinary beauty to visit contrasting with 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.
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.
Lago Niassa In Mozambique also known as lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake and the Southernmost Lake in the east african rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.
Lago Niassa (Lake Niassa) hosts Africa’s most bio-diverse population of freshwater fish species with over 850 described species of fish, most of which belong to the family of Cichlidae, a family of perch-like species. This family is divided up into several groups, one of which is called thembuna, a group of algae eating cichlids.
These are particularly colorful and those of Mozambique first attracted well-deserved attention in the 1950’s. Dr. Geoffrey Fryer concluded after examining the cichlids of Lago Niassa, that the explosive speciation here was even more spectacular than that studied by Darwin on the Galapagos Islands.