Ecoafriq eshop -Issue #6 Africa’s Gem. Parque Nacional do Quiçama


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Ecoafriq eshop -Issue #6 Africa’s Gem. Parque Nacional do Quiçama
By Ecoafriq • Issue #6 • View online
Quiçama National Park
Safaris in Africa are famous for the Big 5- buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. African Safaris offers unforgettable experiences. You get the opportunity to take incredible photographs. You’re days are filled with beautiful mountain scenery, amazing animals and African culture. You get to enjoy a pure and authentic experience. Parque Nacional do Quiçama (Quiçama National Park) is an exceptional destination that offers a unique experience.
The Quiçama National Park offers a true Safari experience and is situated 75 km south to Luanda, capital city of Angola. The park covers 3 million acres, and was created as a Hunting Reserve on April 16, 1938, becoming National Park in 1957. The park is a collaborative effort from Botswana and South Africa known as Noah’s Ark. The aims of this collaboration was to create a safe haven for animals to repopulate, and be protected from illness, poaching and mismanagement.

Baobab tree
Baobab tree
The entrance to the park is approximately 30 km in a dirt road. The weather is hot and humidity varies between 80% and 90% throughout the year. The climate is dry-rainy, with average temperatures between 27-28ºC during the rainy season and 22-24ºC during the dry season.
The park is diverse and full of extraordinary animals. Touring the park gives you insights into Angola’s biodiversity. You get to spot buffaloes, birds, giraffes, leopards, ostriches, zebras and gazelles among others. The safari game drive can take a few minutes to 5 hours to spot the Big 5. The park is surrounded by impressive landscapes- the Kwanza river and open savannah grasslands, the baobab, cacti and mangrove trees among the wildlife. Angola’s national park authorities and local residents are constantly raising awareness about the value of biodiversity and the need to protect it.
Entrance to Quiçama national park
Entrance to Quiçama national park
There’s a selection of hotels and accommodation within a few miles from the park- so you’re never too far from city life facilities. The locals are warm and friendly but it’s very important to plan you’re visit properly and take precautions. Crime is a concern in the country.
A wonderful surprise waiting 256KM from Quiçama National Park is the Kalandula falls, and is in the municipality of Kalandula, Malanje Province, Angola. This collection of waterfalls is one of the largest waterfalls in all of Africa, with a height of over 105 meters and a width of 400 meters, the falls make up an impressive area. The falls were once known as Duque du Bragança Falls during the Angolan civil war between 1975 and 2002. The name was changed back to its original title once the conflict subsided.
Kalandula falls are little known waterfalls, but they are some of the largest of Africa.
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