Quiçama National Park

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Kisama National Park
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Map showing the location of Kisama National Park
Map showing the location of Kisama National Park
LocationNorthwestern Angola
Nearest cityLuanda
Coordinates9°45′S 13°35′E / 9.750°S 13.583°E / -9.750; 13.583Coordinates: 9°45′S 13°35′E / 9.750°S 13.583°E / -9.750; 13.583
Area9,960 km²

Quiçama National Park, also known as Kissama National Park (Portuguese: Parque Nacional do Quiçama or Parque Nacional da Quissama), is a national park in northwestern Angola.

It is the only functioning national park in all of Angola, with the others being in disrepair due to the Angolan Civil War.

The park is approximately 70 km from Luanda, the Angolan capital. The park covers 3 million acres (12,000 km²), more than twice the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The Portuguese name Quiçama is spelled in English and other languages as Kissama, Kisama or Quicama. The spelling Kissama in English is the closest to the Portuguese phonetic.


The park is bordered on the west by 120 km of the Atlantic Ocean's coast. The Cuanza River forms the northern boundary, while the Longa River constitutes the southern border.[1]


What is now Quiçama National Park was formed as a game reserve in 1938. In January 1957, it was proclaimed a national park by the Portuguese administration of the Overseas Province of Angola.

The park once was home to an abundance of large game animals such as elephants and Giant Sable, but after wide-scale poaching during 25 years of civil war, the animal population was virtually eliminated.

In 2001, the Kissama Foundation, a group of Angolans and South Africans, initiated 'Operation Noah's Ark' to transport animals, especially elephants, from neighboring Botswana and South Africa. These animals, who were from overpopulated parks in their home countries, adapted well to the move. Noah's Ark was the largest animal transplant of its kind in history and has given the park momentum to be restored to its natural state.

Since 2005, the protected area and surroundings is considered a Lion Conservation Unit.[2]


  1. ^ "Kissama National Park | Alliance of National Parks". national-parks.org. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  2. ^ IUCN Cat Specialist Group (2006). Conservation Strategy for the Lion Panthera leo in Eastern and Southern Africa. IUCN, Pretoria, South Africa.

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