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Niassa Wilderness

Empowers Africa has partnered with Niassa Wilderness in order to provide a cost effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. As an established 501(c)(3), we are able to accept donations from U.S. donors and grant the funds directly to their projects.

Our mission is to help save the biodiversity of Niassa, a sacred and prehistoric African wilderness. The third largest protected area in Africa, located in northern Mozambique. The Niassa Reserve holds the largest and most viable elephant population in Mozambique, together with Jurassic geographical, physical, and faunal diversity.

Niassa Wilderness, our concession in the Reserve, is Block L7 on the South Eastern Bank of the Lugenda River, covering an area of 1 million acres (450,000 Ha). Our project was awarded in 2000, the first concession in the Reserve. We are proud of our contribution to the success of the Niassa Reserve over the last 17 years.

We have recently pivoted into a private donor-funded nonprofit trust, combating illegal wildlife trade for the preservation of free-roaming elephants, wild dogs, lions, and local endemic species. More recently, with the dramatic increase in co-ordinated elephant poaching due to the demand in ivory. We decided in late 2015 to direct all our efforts to anti-poaching and law enforcement, in order to combat this illegal wildlife trade and help to preserve this sacred place. We believe that by centrally linking communities in these efforts, jointly we can help to secure our concession (Block L7), thereby helping to ensure the safety and security of the whole of the Niassa Reserve.


Niassa National Reserve: 42,000 km² / 4,2 million hectares. (Twice the size of South Africa’s Kruger National Park.)
Niassa Wilderness (concession within the reserve): 4,450 km² / 445,000 hectares.
Northern Mozambique, bordering Tanzania.
Miombo woodland, granite inselbergs, open savannah, wetlands, river floodplains and riverine forest.
350 African wild dogs (significant in relation to the global population of an estimated 6,600 adults).
Endemic species: Niassa wildebeest, Boehm’s zebra, and Johnston’s impala. Elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile, sable antelope, Lichtenstein hartebeest, Livingstone’s eland, common reedbuck, klipspringer and other plains game. Over 400 bird species.

To read more about Niassa Wilderness’ programs, please click here


Donations can also be made by check or wire transfer:

Checks should be made out to “Empowers Africa” and should be mailed to:

Empowers Africa
2 Beekman Place, Suite 18B
New York, NY 10022
(917) 328-1611

​Kindly note in the memo section of the check that funds are for Niassa Wilderness and indicate a specific program if applicable. Or email us at

For wire transfer details or ​more information, please email us at

Empowers Africa has been approved as a U​.S. public charity,​ contributions to which are tax deductible for U​.S​.​ federal income tax purposes under Section 501(c)(3) [EIN: 32-0403737] of the U​.​S. ​Internal Revenue Code.

Thank​ you​ for your support!