Gorongosa National Park


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Gorongosa National Park
Gorongosa National Park
About Gorongosa National Park
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Parks total area:
4,000 km² (1544 m²)
Year established:
1960
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • The landscape consists of savannah, grasslands and woodlands
  • A range of wildlife can be found in the park, including lions, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, monkeys, hippos, crocodiles as well as over 400 bird species
  • Visitors can choose from open game viewing drives, self game drives and a variety of different tours
  • Visit the park during the dry season, which runs from April to November

Located in the heart of central Mozambique, covering over 4,000 km² (1544 m²), Gorongosa National park lies at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley. The valley is made up of a variety of different soil types, and frequent flooding and waterlogging have created a diverse range of ecosystems. Gorongosa National Park is mainly home to three types of vegetation – savanna, grasslands and woodlands – found throughout the entire park.

When Gorongosa National Park first opened over 50 years ago, it was the first of its kind in Mozambique. It was considered a safari mecca, containing some of the densest wildlife populations in all of Africa. However, during the civil war the number of large mammals was cut by 95% and the ecosystems were strained. In recent years, a restoration project funded by the Carr Foundation has been helping to renew the park and its game viewing. Due to these efforts Gorongosa National Park now has a range of wildlife including lions, elephants, buffaloes, zebras and monkeys. Hippos and crocodiles inhabit the park’s rivers and lake. Bird watching can also be plentiful with an estimated 400 species including the collared plum thrush, the green coucal and the spotted creeper calling the park their home.

Gorongosa offers private walking safaris, from comprehensive explorations of the park’s wilderness to special interest safari expeditions. There are also open game viewing drives, self game drives for those who prefer to drive their own vehicle and a variety of different tours offering visitors a taste of the beautiful landscape, including the Mount Gorongosa Waterfalls. Gorongosa National Park is fairly isolated, surrounded by rural areas and few villages. It is important for visitors to plan their trips carefully; however, the fact that it is somewhat off the beaten path makes it a wonderful wilderness destination.

When to visit Gorongosa National Park

Although the park is open year-round, the climate varies. The dry season, which runs from April to November, is the best time for a safari. During the rainy months, from mid-December to mid-March, the roads used for expeditions are generally closed due to flooding.  The summer months, running from November through March, average 30-40 C (86-104 F) with high humidity. The winter months, from April through September, average 15-25 C (59-77 F). June, July and August are Mozambique’s coolest months.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 26, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2013.
When planning a trip to Gorongosa National Park--a restored gem in the African safari experience--you have the option to hike Mount Gorongosa. I can't recommend this enough! We ended up spending 3 nights at one of our most spectacular campsites, with one of our days devoted to hiking the mountain. It seemed most visitors came through for just a day trip to view the... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 14, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
My third safari was the Gorongosa National park at the southern end of the great African Rift valley in the heart of central Mozambique. After a long drive to the park we got there at around 6p.m and there is nothing better than a hot shower, a soft bed with fresh linens offered in the park accommodation area after along rugged drive. We got ourselves plenty of sle... read more

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Lion
Elephant
Giraffe
Nile crocodile
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Safari suitability: 7 / 10
Although the park does not contain the big five, there is a wide range of wildlife as well as various options for safari expeditions.
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