Gonarezhou National Park
The Chilojo Cliffs stand proud in the 5,000 square kilometres of dense bush and open grass pans
Gonarezhou National Park is a remote undeveloped wilderness
There are three main rivers which course across the park: The Runde, Save and Mwenezi. These rivers form natural oasis for hundreds of bird species, fish and wildlife.
The visitors who come to Gonarezhou go to see the vast Chilojo Cliffs. These massive red sandstone cliffs rise impressively and stand overlooking the Runde Rover valley. Erosion has caused the Chilojo Cliffs, one of the park’s most prominent natural features.
As Zimbabwe’s second largest national park (Hwange is the largest), ‘Gonarezhou’ means ‘Place of many elephants’ and many of the region’s largest tusked elephants can be found within the park.
- Watching the elephant herds and antelopes including the beautiful nyala
- good for birding, especially after the rains
- game drives in 4×4 vehicles
- walking safaris
- discover a true unpopulated wilderness.
A jewel in the wilderness… with spreading mahogany trees, ironwoods and tall acacia trees.
Climate and seasons, what to expect and the best time to go to Gonarezhou…
- Dry mild winters
- warm wet summers, temperatures can reach 40 degrees C.
- November to April is the rainy season when there’s restricted access to some parts of the park
- Chipinda and Mabalauta areas are generally accessible all year round
- best time to go on safari to Gonarezhou is from May to November – the park is at its hottest during September and October.
How to get to Gonarezhou…
- By air – private air transfers can be arranged from any airstrip in Zimbabwe or there are scheduled flights from Buffalo Range International Airport
- by road from Harare it’s approximately a 5 hour land cruiser transfer. It’s possible to split the journey with an overnight stop – your Zambezi consultant can discuss the options.
Where to stay in Gonarezhou…
Tented camps such as Gonarezhou Bushcamps and lodges.
We’ve put together an authentic bush safari to Gonarezhou – staying at a traditional camp with amazing views of the Chilojo red sandstone cliffs – more details here.
Gonarezhou borders onto the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and the Kruger National Park in South Africa and is one of Zimbabwe’s least visited National Park. This vast area covers some 35,000 sq. km and is known as the Great Limpopo National Park.
A few facts about Great Limpopo…
- Home to more than 500 bird species
- 147 species of mammals including leopard, lion, cheetah and the rare king cheetah, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and large antelope. Smaller antelopes include the elusive nyala and suni antelope
- 116 reptile species
- 34 frog species
- 49 fish species include the freshwater gobi, the Zambezi shark, blackwater bream and the turquoise killifish.
- the area is entirely dedicated to conservation and biodiversity and offers world class eco-tourism to visitors.
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