The Gorongosa National Park (situated in Sofala Province) lies on the south edge of the Great Rift Valley, near the border of Zimbabwe and 80 km north-west of Beira. Gorongosa National Park is one of Mozambique’s flagship conservation areas with a remarkable history; before the onset of civil war in the 1970s, the Park was considered one of Africa’s finest that supported some of the densest wildlife populations in all of Africa with large populations of herbivores and predators alike.
Since the end of the war in 1992, the park is trying to re-establish the wildlife numbers of the past for the benefit of Mozambique and the continent as a whole – a project initiated by the Government of Mozambique and the American non-profit organisation, Carr Foundation, since 2004.
Gorongosa National Park is home to an astounding diversity of animals and plants—some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Predominantly walking (with canoeing & mekoro safaris in wet season) and occasional game-drives in an open Land Cruiser incorporating night drives with overnight stays at mobile fly camps. Plains are dotted with acacia savannah, dry forests in sandy areas, wetlands or pans seasonally filled by the rains.
Game drives are run twice daily and the park officials also lead hikes to the impressive Mount Gorongosa. The local community is also involved in the park’s redevelopment and growth. Gorogosa has great potential and is perfect for those looking for a true wilderness experience.
Also on offer are seasonal special interest safaris where travellers choose an expedition with a specific focus on one of the myriad distinctive features of on offer in Gorongosa such as birding specials, big game reintroduction, community give-back experiences and photographic workshops. You can expect viewings of lions, elephants, buffalos, and many kinds of antelope, with frequent sightings of sable antelope, impala, oribi, bushbuck, reedbuck, kudu, nyala, waterbuck, and (less frequently) zebra, hartebeest and eland. Lake Urema and its waterways support healthy populations of crocodiles and hippos and flocks of flamingos and waterfowl among the 500 bird species.