Gorongosa National Park
Sensations of Gorongosa
Extraordinary game walks, boat and game drives. The unique opportunity to experience the wild bush in one of the most preserved area in the world. Amazing birding and nature. An amazing trip to authenticity.
Gorongosa National Park is at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley in the heart of central Mozambique. Situated in the middle of the country in the Sofala province between Tete and Beira the park covers 5300 square km, including a 1500 square km sanctuary.
Seasonal flooding and water logging of the valley, which is composed of a mosaic of different soil types, create a great variety of distinct ecosystems. Grasslands are dotted with patches of acacia trees, tall miombo woodlands, Afro-Montane forest, savannah, dry forest on sands and seasonally inundated food plains.and termite hill thickets. The plateaus contain a spectacular rain forest at the base of a series of limestone gorges. Urema Lake, which is fed by rivers originating from the Gorongosa Mountain, is the main ecological feature of the park. Situated right in the center of the park, it is the main source of water in the peak of the dry season.
The Eastern side of the Park is, the Cheringoma Plateu, an extensive natural forested area considered to be the richest in the country.
Before the civil war in the 1980s - which reduced by as much as 95% the fauna - the park was famous worldwide for its quantity and diversity of wildlife and was seen as equal to the Kruger National Park.
The Carr Foundation/Gorongosa Restoration Project, a U.S. not-for-profit organization, has teamed with the Government of Mozambique to protect and restore the ecosystem of Gorongosa National Park and to develop an ecotourism industry to benefit local communities.
Today, approximately 90% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity can be found in this eco-region, which represents only 2% of the earth's surface. Gorongosa National Park is still one of these regions with high species diversity and ecological features found nowhere else in the world.
The park harbors several small herds of elephant, an increasing lion population, rhinos, leopards, zebras, kudus, cheetahs, warthogs and the rare roan and sable antelope.It is also home to significant populations of oribi, nyala, bush-buck, reed-buck, impala, water-buck, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, monkeys. The rivers and lake have a good population of hippo and crocodile can be encountered. The number of buffalo and wildebeest would soon rise. Nocturnal species include serval, genet, civet, bushbaby, honey badger, mangoose and porcupines. Species are reintroduced on a monthly basis and monitored promising a re blooming of the park. In 2012, 3 cheetahs were successfuly released.
Birds lovers will be ecstatic with over 500 different bird species including endemic species: the green headed oriole, white breasted alethe, bluethroated sunbird, blackcap tchagras, Livingstone's Flycatcher, Vanga Flycatcher, chestnut fronted Helmut shrike, singing cisticola, blackheaded apalis, redwinged warbler, moustached warbler, Eastern saw-wing swallow, mascarene martin, Nyasa seedcracker, Mozambique batis, oliveheaded weaver, green tinker barbet, Bohm's bee-eater and sooty tern. The habitat of these birds distinguishes itself through its variety and beauty.
Gorongosa convinces one with exciting wildlife experiences, making you feel you've relocated to the years of Hemingway.
TseTse Fly do occur in relatively small numbers in Gorongosa National Park. However, if bitten by the tsetse fly, the bites are uncomfortable and itchy but easily treated with anti-histamine or tiger balm ointment. Tsetse flies are attracted to dark colors (blue and black), ensure these are not the colors of your safari wardrobe.
Malaria Although the camps are not highly populated, Gorongosa National Park is in a malaria area. All guests are advised to take malarial prophylactics and to spray themselves every morning and night with mosquito repellent.