Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park ( Closed from December to mid April )

Gorongosa National Park, at the heart of Sofala Province, is located in the southern most part of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. The park includes the valley and parts of the surrounding midland and is equidistant between the cities of Chimoio and Beira. The park covers an area of  3,770 sq km. The wildlife you will come across are lion, elephant, buffalo leopard, hippo, crocodile, zebra, sable, kudu, nyala, waterbuck, impala, bushbuck, reedbuck, oribi, lichenstein's hartebeest, warthog, bush pig, serval, civet, genet, chacma baboon and vervet monkey. 

We have asked for the permission to embed a video clip from Gorongosa. And today 24 March 2012 we were given a green light by GeoStory and National Geographics. We higly recommend all our visitors take a few minutes and have a look at the clip.

Rates Update (
Published 16 March 2012 )
A summary of the changes are as follows:
-  Park entry fees are now $20 per person once off. 
-  CFA flights between Gorongosa and Beira are $170 per person one way (reduced by 15% from 2011). Min 2 pax. Plus $12 Departure tax from BeiraAirport

Specials Update
The exciting news is that we are now offering a wider selection of specials for 2012. Please see the full listing below:
-  Season Opening Special (April 2012): In April, we are offering a special of 25% off the rack rate (i.e. US$365pppn sharing).
-  Stay for 4 nights Pay for 3: From the 1st May – 15th July and from the 16th August – 30th November, we have a stay for 4 nights, and get 1 night free.
-  Honeymoon special: From the 1st May – 15th July and from the 16th August – 30th November, brides pay 50% only when staying 4 nights or more.
-  Children U12 special: From the 1st May – 15th July and from the 16th August – 30th November,  1 child under the age of 12 can stay for free at Explore Gorongosa sharing a tent with his/her family.

Flights Update
CFA have changed their flight schedules slightly, here are the new schedules for 2012:

Beira - Gorongosa:
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Times: in accordance with flight arrival and departure times

Gorongosa - Bazaruto:
Days: Thursdays and Sundays
Times: Bazaruto - Gorongosa 0830 - 1000, Gorongosa - Bazaruto 1030 - 1200

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Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park, a Mozambican treasure, provides environmental, educational, aesthetic, recreational   benefits to travellers in general, and a creation of sustainable economic life to the local population. The rain and seasonal inundation of the valley, along with many different soil types, creates a unique mosaic of distinct ecosystems. The plains are dotted with acacia savanna, dry forests in sandy areas, wetlands or pans seasonally filled by the rains, and thickets on termite-built mounds. The plateaus contain miombo and mountain forest and a spectaculare rainforest at the bottom of a series of limestone gorges. This unique combination of characteristics and ecosystems once gave rise to one of the most dense populations of wildlife in all of Africa.

The park is open for visitors from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the late afternoon. Entry point to the park is through the main gate. Although Chitengo Safari Camp is open yearround, we encourage visits between April and Novemeber ( the dry season ), as during the rainy seasonthe internal roads network in the park becomes impassable.

Regulare flights land in both the Beira and Chimoio airports, and you can contact the Park office to organise land transfer from the airports to Gorongosa National Park. travellers on a self drive safaricoming from Maputu, recommends to take EN1 north to Inchope and then follow the posted signs Gorongosa National Park ( GNP ). Alternativerly, if coming from Beira or Chimoio we recommend you to take EN6 to its intersection with the EN1 in Inchope and then follow the posted sign to GNP.

Our 10-passanger open air game drive vehicle with trained game guide is available for your photographic safari on our 150 km of safari roads inside the Park, during which you may visit such renowned locations as Lion House and Hippo Terrace ( you may also visit the Park in your own vehicle, using the road map andguidelines that you receive when you pass through the Main Gate of the Park. Other attractions include the limestone gorges of the Cheringoma Plateau and Lake Urema and its flood plain wetlands, Don't forget to visit the beautiful Murombodzi waterfall descending from mount Gorongosa. 

Park Entry Fee ( 2009 ) payable in Meticais ( Mt ), at the reception of Chitengo Camp.

Resident in Mozambique   100 Mt
International Traveller   200 Mt
Per Vehicle   200 Mt
Per Trailer     50 Mt
Self Game Drives Fee    500 Mt per day

Four Wheel Drive is recommended.