Beira is the third largest city in Mozambique, and provides the most direct access to Gorongosa National Park.
Forming the southern tip of the Great African Rift Valley, Gorongosa National Park once supported some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. It was once described as “Africa’s Eden”. It has been called one of the most diverse places on the planet.
During the civil conflict beginning in the late 70’s, most of the 4000 square km park’s game was destroyed – this was a really bad time for Gorongosa, as well as Mozambique.
In 2008, a 20-year public-private partnership between the Government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Restoration Project, a US non-profit organization has seen Gorongosa National Park called “one of the greatest wildlife restoration projects in Africa”. Later in 2010, Mount Gorongosa, also became included under the protection of the park.
A few small wildlife re-introductions have been done in the park. To give perspective of the success of the project to-date, After the war, the first “large mammal” survey was done, and around 2000 animals were counted in the park – naming around 100 elephants, 300 reedbuck and 100 waterbuck. The last large animal survey was done last September (2016), and there were more than 78,000 large mammals counted.
Antelope species commonly seen include waterbuck, nyala, sable, bushbuck, reedbuck, oribi, hartebeest and wildebeest. Gorongosa is a birders paradise, where guides have told us that they have spotted more than 200 species in under 2 hours before. Big game herds of elephants and buffalo are returning to the park, and there is a high probability of seeing these during your stay. Lions are the predominate predator in the park, but there are whispers of future introductions of leopard and wild dog soon.
Gorongosa is more than just a great wildlife experience, guests have the opportunity to be a part of the wonderful scientific, conservation, community and research projects happening in and around the park. Their vision is that Gorongosa National Park will become the principal engine of sustainable development, and we believe they are well on their way!
Safaris are conducted on game-viewers, or walking through the bush, with qualified professional guides. Seasonal activities include canoe and boating safaris and even an overnight camp-out in the African bush.
Cultural visits to nearby villages, and scientific tours through the EO Wilson Laboratory can be arranged.
A trip to Gorongosa can be followed by a relaxing beach stay on the Northern Coast of Mozambique or Bazaruto Archipelago.
Some sample package ideas for this area ….
Remember that The Mozambique Collection is a tailor-made Mozambique company and these packages are merely here to spark ideas for your trip! We will design a holiday specifically for you and your group.