[well]Quicama National Park Quick Facts
- Also called Kissama National Park
- Only functional park in the country
- Extends across 3 million acres (12,000 sq km)
Quicama National Park
Also known as Kissama National Park serves as the only functioning park in all of Angola. Despite the disturbances and dysfunctions brought on by the Angolan Civil War where all other parks were brought to an end, Quicama has been able to build back up and flourish with the help of conservationists and organizations. With an enormous area of roughly 12,000 square kilometers (3 million acres) and with the Atlantic Ocean helping to form the borders of the park, beautiful lands and coastline are all what helps to make this a true natural wonder.
Attributing to the uniqueness and rarity of this national park, in 2001, a group of Angolans and South Africans called the Kissama Foundation created ‘Operation Noah’s Ark” in which they transported animals into Quicama National Park in order to help restore it to its natural state. This is known even today as the world’s largest animal transplant of its kind in history.
The flora of Quicama National Park’s outskirts include a flood plain from the Cuanza River, which is an neighboring low escarpment as well as a transitional area of grassland. Within it’s interior lies lands filled with extremely dense thicket, lush trees and very wide-open grasslands. With so much land there is a very wide range of plant life found at Quicama National Park.
Unfortunately the fauna life of this national park was highly threatened after 21 years of persistent poaching throughout its lands. Though the exact numbers of animal herds is unknown, there have been sightings of antelope, bushbucks, waterbucks, and eland as well as the small marine life provided by the beautiful coastline along the park’s borders.
Where is Quicama National Park
Quicama Park is located in the northwestern region of the country of Angola, Africa. It is only about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Angola’s capital of Luanda making it easily accessible for a nice daytrip.
On the western border visitors will find the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean while the Cuanza River borders the northern parts of the park and the Longa River makes up the southern border.
Best Ways to See and Experience Quicama National Park
Though it’s not exactly a guarantee that you will see them, it is absolutely possible to spot wild game life such as the herds of elephants that were brought in through ‘Noah’s Ark’. There are several safari companies that are able to take you out by jeep and allow for a much up close and personal experience with the flora and fauna of the park.
If you want to experience unique and majestic scenery of Quicama National Park, make your way there in the early hours of the morning just in time to see the sun rise. With a show of colors and the perfect peaceful feel, you will surely not regret having to wake up so early. Being aware of the wildlife, walk out, breathe in the fresh air and take in all of the natural beauty that this unique and spectacular national park has to offer all who choose to visit.
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