South Gonarezhou National Park
Zimbabwe’s second-largest national park (5,000 km²) is also the least visited. South Gonarezhou National Park boasts vast expanses of untouched wilderness with open plains, dense acacia, and mahogany woodlands as well as dramatic red sandstone cliffs. The park’s remoteness and the sense of isolation within it provides a true sense of adventure for visitors. Large herds of elephant can be found on a tailor-made safari in Gonarezhou but they are less approachable than in other parts of Africa.
About Gonarezhou National Park
Gonarezhou is located in the south of Zimbabwe, bordering South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo region. The three areas combine to form the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, covering some 35,000 km² of natural habitat.
Gonarezhou Wildlife Safaris
Technically South Gonarezhou is a 'Big Five' safari destination. However, the likelihood of seeing rhino here is slim to none. Elephant and buffalo can be found and form large herds across the park. Lion, leopard and cheetah all live within Gonarezhou although tend to be skittish and avoid humans where possible. The endangered African wild dog can be seen on a luxury Gonarezhou safari too but sightings are rare.
Giraffe and zebra are some of the more common sightings along with a variety of different antelope species such as topi, eland, waterbuck and impala. Crocodiles and hippos are often spotted in the park’s waters.
Game drives are the best way to explore the national park, with cultural visits, birding safaris and visits to Chivilila Falls also available.
Birding in Gonarezhou
Over 400 different recorded species make South Gonarezhou National Park a superb birding destination. African fish eagles, martial eagles and bat hawks are among some of the many raptors in the park. Between the months of November and April a large number of migratory birds can be found here.
Best Places to Stay in Gonarezhou National Park
There is a selection of excellent safari lodges and camps to choose from in South Gonarezhou National Park.
Best Time to Visit South Gonarezhou National Park
Zimbabwe’s dry period from July to October is the best time for a safari in Gonarezhou. During this period animals localise around water and vegetation is thinner making wildlife easier to spot.
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How to Book a South Gonarezhou National Park Safari Holiday
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