Gorongosa National Park 365

While Mozambique is thought of primarily as a beach destination, its safari offering is worth considering. Situated at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, in the heart of central Mozambique, Gorongosa National Park offers over 4 000 square kilometres of wilderness, spanning a variety of ecosystems. 

The savannah and woodland ecosystems of the park sustain a broad diversity of species, some of which are unique to the area. While the majority of the large herbivore populations were decimated during the civil war, most of the park’s naturally occurring species have survived and are on the path to full rehabilitation, thanks to diligent conservation efforts which have seen the rebuilding of infrastructure and the reintroduction of wildlife. You can expect to see lion, elephant, African wild dog, antelope, and myriad bird species.

This redevelopment – a conservation success story that has caused the area’s natural biodiversity to thrive once more – has also prompted an influx of tourists to the park, with various ecotourism ventures springing up to cater for this.