Gonarezhou National Park
Remote and rugged, Gonarezhou is worth the journey for its landscape and wildlife.
The name Gonarezhou means ‘place of elephants’, but it’s not just the wildlife that is attractive here. Soak up the unspoilt wilderness, rugged and beautiful scenery and the lack of mass tourism.
The park is 5000 sq km of dense bush, open grasslands, spectacular cliffs and giant trees. All this laced with the winding waters of three rivers: Mwenze, Savé and Runde. Gonarezhou was losed to the public for a while but reopened in 1994.
Together with the Kruger National Park in South Africa, and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, it forms the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. It is dedicated to conservation, biodiversity and the economic development of surrounding communities.
Exploring Gonarezhou can invoke a feeling of the pioneers of yesteryear, it seems remote, wild and totally unspoiled.
- Chilojo Cliffs: These beautiful towering red sandstone cliffs overlook the Runde River valley. They make for striking photography.
- Wildlife: The wildlife here is good. There are plenty of elephants, but be wary, they have a reputation for being more aggressive than elephants in other areas. Also present are lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and zebra.
- Rarities: Gonarezhou also boasts the rare nyala antelope and if you’re really lucky you may see king cheetah.
- Savé & Runde: This area in the northern reaches of the park is picturesque with a stark beautiful landscape laid out before you.
- Mwenzi: The Mwenzi region in the south of Gonarezhou is dotted with pools and pans and has good wildlife viewing.
- Accommodation: Aside from camping and national parks rudimentary chalets the accommodation here is limited, but not without luxury. Chilo Gorge and Singita Pamushana are both very well run upmarket options.