Written on: September 26, 2013
I visited in July 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 waterfall - but it is really worth it to stay the night (or 3).
The campsite is basic but sits on the top of a waterfall that flows year round. In the dry season, we were able to spend days swimming around a series of natural infinity pools that dot each level of the waterfall - of which there are many. There are great sunning rocks at every level of the falls which make for a perfect relaxation day after the climb.
The climb up the mountain takes you first through a series of trails that connect the homes of the people that live in the foothills. Residents will happily point you on the right one to the main trail. From there, you enter a massive lush forest (lush even in the dry season) which provides welcome shade for the climb up. The final stretch is along the plateau at the top where you can choose from a series of smaller peaks to climb and explore, while looking out over the otherwise flat surroundings. Its stunning. The trail up is relatively straightforward to follow, and local guides are optional. They are a bit challenging to organize and so we didn't take one. The hike itself takes a full day--with an early start to beat the heat. It is possible to camp on the top as well.
You'll need to bring all your supplies to camp here--they offer a cooking shelter over a fire pit and a drop toilet but that is about it. The water source is the falls. And expect visitors; local community members often stopped by to watch us.
All in all, one of the best things I did in Moz! Certainly worth the add-on or detour.
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...