Kissama (also spelt Quiçama), situated 70km (43.5mi) south of Luanda, is Angola's most accessible and well-stocked wildlife park. This huge swathe of coastal savannah punctuated by gnarly baobab trees hosts elephants, water buffalo, indigenous palanca antelopes as well as a precarious population of nesting sea turtles.
Inaugurated being a nature reserve in 1938 and upgraded into a national park in 1957, Kissama remains the main point on Angola's wildlife regeneration efforts despite of numerous poaching and neglect throughout the civil war. It's thanks largely into a pioneering relief project often known as Operation Noah's Ark. This extraordinary scheme, run in partnership between your Kissama foundation as well as the Angolan government seeks to rehabilitate the park by importing elephants from game reserves in South Africa and Botswana. After four a lot of planning, Kissama received its first stock of air-lifted animals in 2000 when 16 elephants were flown in on the Russian cargo plane from South Africa. One year later as well as the park was topped program a further stock of 16 elephants, 12 zebras, 12 ostriches, 14 wildebeests and four giraffes.