Unique eco-tourism experience

Gorongosa National Park is one of the most exciting travel destinations in Mozambique at the moment with a visionary restoration project in place to re-establish the park back to its former glory.

Gorongosa National Park, Sofala Province, is located in the southernmost part of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. The Park includes the Urema valley and parts of the surrounding midlands and Gorongosa lies between the cities of Chimoio and Beira – it is also Mozambique’s flagship conservation area. Gorongosa is a short charter flight from Beira and is also easily accessible by road and is situated just off the primary north-south national motorway, close to the Inchope junction. The greater Gorongosa region is ecologically unique; a region with high species diversity and environmental features found nowhere else in the sub-continent. The key to continued biodiversity and habitat preservation on the planet is to protect areas of ecological importance, such as the Gorongosa National Park and the surrounding water catchments, such as is found on nearby Mount Gorongosa.

Gorongosa National Park has an impressive species list with more and more species being reintroduced on a monthly basis. The Park is home to significant populations of oribi, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog and sable, with large herds of the latter up to 120 animals per herd. And the warthog are more common than the impala. Predators are recovering slowly, with a number of lion prides and a few male coalitions within the Park. Elephant herds and bulls are regularly encountered, with the bulls being particularly relaxed providing great viewing. Recently some large elephant bulls have been relocated from the Kruger National Park to provide some wisdom and guidance to their young askaris. Birding at Gorongosa is incredible with excellent quality and quantities of special and endemic birds such as the Collared Palm Thrush, the Green Coucal, Narina Trogon and Spotted Creeper. Lake Urema provides a home to a huge number of water birds and one can literally sit for hours watching fish eagles swoop down, spoonbills forage, jacana’s tip toe across lilies and herons and stock pluck fish.

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