Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa

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Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa

Parque Nacional Da Gorongosa
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tallsally
Londyn, UK32 contributions
Extraordinary and inspiring national park being renewed
paź 2019
It is difficult to do justice to Gorongosa National Park in just one TripAdvisor review – it is one of the most incredible and inspiring places we’ve ever visited and becomes ever more interesting the more time you spend there.

In the 1950/60s, Gorongosa attracted A-list celebrities and other adventurers to what was one of the most beautiful and biodiverse national parks in Africa. You could sip cocktails at the Hippo House before retiring for dinner under the stars. But the civil war destroyed most of the animals and a lot of the habitat, leaving just 15 buffalo and 10% of the elephant and lion populations in the midst of an impoverished landscape.

Then, in 2004, what seems somewhat by chance, US philanthropist Greg Carr was introduced to the Mozambican US ambassador and, after much deliberation, decided to commit US$40m over 30 years to rebuild Gorongosa to its former glory and beyond on a non-profit basis.

Now, after the first 15 years of what sounds like blood, sweat and a quite a few tears, this huge investment and commitment to the park, its wildlife and its people is paying off and it makes for quite an amazing experience.

To start with, the animals. No, you won’t be able to see all of the Big Five and you won’t be able to drive yourself around, but instead you get taken around by fantastic guides who know the best locations, explain the background and evolving development/restocking of the park, and many of whom come from the local community. And it is still quiet enough to enjoy being the only vehicle for miles around in what is a stunning and diverse landscape, ranging from open plain to rainforest.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Richard, who drove us to see rare painted (wild) dogs, herds of elephants, two different sets of lions, some hidden buffalo, hippos, and thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, impala and waterbuck, as well as walking us through the undergrowth to show us termite nests and the bird life. He not only knew the lay of the land (veering unexpectedly off into the undergrowth on several occasions) but also understood how to get up close to the animals without disturbing them (one of the main reasons why self-drive is not allowed is due to the risk of elephants traumatised by the civil war charging into vehicles). Castro was another brilliant source of information.

More than this, though, there is a whole development ecosystem at work behind the safari park which is the truly inspiring aspect. As well as employing a lot of local people in the safari lodge accommodation & catering, we were given a tour of the science laboratory and natural history centre, which is training and employing local staff in biology, genetics and other sciences to be able to catalogue, research and develop the park’s wildlife. One of the most unexpected elements to the trip was standing in the DNA/genetic sequencing lab in the middle of a safari park, which is where they have identified new Gorongosa species and do some ground-breaking research.

We also took the 1-day tour up to the Mount Gorongosa coffee foundation, which roasts some quite phenomenally smooth and rich arabica coffee harvested from coffee plants that are also part of a reforestation project on Mount Gorongosa itself. Again, training and employing local staff at the same time as building up a long-term future for the local area. And allowing occasional visitors to splash around in their (freezing cold!) waterfalls. The coffee is available for sale online.

Getting there is relatively easy from Beira airport (LAM, South African Airways or Ethiopian Airlines fly there) – we flew in from Maputo and had a 3-hour transfer arranged by the Montebelo Lodge along pretty smooth roads (until you get to the park itself, where it becomes slightly more like washboards, but you get to spot baboons and impala along the way). Otherwise, fly into Chimoio for a slightly shorter transfer time.

The accommodation was very good, particularly considering the location – see separate listing for Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge & Safari. We took the full board option as it is a long way to the nearest market and there are no facilities on site to stock up – this was not the cheapest option, but most convenient and generally good options. Need to bring anything else you might want with you, though.

Altogether, an extraordinary place to see and one that, I am guessing, will stay with you for years after.
Written 31 października 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Grbnt
Genewa, Szwajcaria7 contributions
Best safari I've done
wrz 2019
Great park, you feel you're part of a project, not as many cars surrounding animals as in other national parks. The game drive are great, we've done 4 safaris in different countries and Gorongosa is the one we prefered, it's untouched, vegetation is stunning and the staff is very competent.
Written 17 września 2019
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gborotraveler
Boise, ID210 contributions
great viewing of wildlife
sie 2019
guides are very knowledgeable and friendly. It will be an adventure for sure and you will see animals. Not as crowded as many go to destinations and a bit harder to get to but so worth it
Written 15 września 2019
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Sergio F
Maputo, Mozambik5 contributions
Moz Road Trip & Safari
lip 2019 • Dla rodziny
Wow - what a gem !!!
Safari
Stunning scenery, excellent birding. Sable !!
Safari guides - professional (Test) with well maintained safari vehicles and plenty to see.
Walking safari, bicycle community ride, research Centre, game drives & Gorongosa mountain & coffee plantation vidity

Accommodation
Montebello - very comfortable accommodation & well serviced. Air conditioned rooms. Mosquito nets. Very comfortable

Catering
Excellent service and great food. Courteous & professional staff

Excellent stay. Highly recommended. We will go back again & again

Fernandes family
Written 24 lipca 2019
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Angelika N
Maputo, Mozambik79 contributions
Heavenly place
lip 2019 • Pary
What an awesome place. The guides are amazing, what a profound knowledge, we.are deeply impressed.
We catches all the activities, from safaris, walk, biking, lab.
Everything was great, we saw plenty beautiful birds, a lot of wild animals, lions, elephant,....this was one of our best experiences in lifetime
Definitely we are coming back.
Written 4 lipca 2019
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luacheia165
Paryż, Francja21 contributions
Absolutely stunning national park
lis 2018 • Wyjazd w pojedynkę
Slowly but surely recovering from damage caused by civil war and massive hunting, this national park has an impressive biodiversity to offer
Written 24 grudnia 2018
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shiraziwine
Shiraz, Iran1 084 contributions
the best place in Mozambique to see Animals
lis 2018 • Pary
This Park is the best Park in whole Mozambique to see animals since i have experience of visiting another parks of the country. we saw kudu, impala, lion, crocodile, zebra and many kind of birds. but if you have also plan to visit Hlane Royal National Park in Eswatini, i think better to skip Gorongosa since Hlane is better, cheaper and well organised.
you also can stay in Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge over night
Written 4 grudnia 2018
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gojko p
5 contributions
Very little tourists
lis 2018 • Znajomi
This park is pure, beautiful wildness. There are limited accomodation facilities, so the chances to run into another vehicle during game drive are slim. Despite that, after staying just 3 days, we have seen lions, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, various antelopes etc. There are also hippos and leopards but we unfortunately missed those. The staff is very open and knowledgeable, and you really learn a lot from them. The park is also collaborating with the local, empoverished community, giving cca 20% of their proceeds to improvement of their condition via various projects. So, in visiting the park and paying for their services, one is providing funds for wellbeing of the animals, the improvement of the local community's living condition and even the reforestation of that area.
Written 7 listopada 2018
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L C
New York, NY308 contributions
A great African experience; highly recommend
paź 2018 • Pary
This is probably not for everyone, but worth it for those who want a slightly different safari experience. Access is not easy: either over pretty hellish Mozambican roads or via charter plane (Safari Air) from Beira or Chitenga airports. There is only 1 lodging option: Montebelo Gorongosa (see separate review), but it is quite nice and seamlessly integrated with park operations. A luxury tented camp is being built in the park, but the pilings are just being made, so I don't expect that it will be done before 2019 (or possibly 2020).

YOU WILL NOT SEE ALL THE BIG 5! This is not for people who want to get some quick photos and check the big 5 off their list. However, it is a great opportunity to really learn about African wildlife, flora, and their coexistence with mankind. Gorongosa was destroyed during the civil war, but there is an amazing team of caring people working to restore one of the crown jewels of African safari parks.

You will see a lot of wildlife. We saw lions (including 3 cubs playing in the road in front of us), elephants, zebras, warthogs, antelopes, monkeys, baboons, and many birds. Elephants were the most skittish (& most aggressive since they still fear poachers). However, we saw so many more antelope (gnus, waterbucks, springboks, oribi, and impala), warthogs, and baboons at a closer range than we saw at Klaserie (private game reserve adjacent to Kruger - where we saw the big 5...). You also won't see virtually anyone else. There were only a few vehicles in the park when we were there, so you really feel as if you are alone with nature.

The most important thing that you get is the education. Test and Richard, our primary guides, are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about wildlife. They provide an in-depth education into the animals and their habitat. Since Gorongosa is effectively a living laboratory for rebuilding, they are involved in understanding what is important to the animals and what has to be done to cultivate an environment that animals and humans can coexist successfully. We also had a chance to visit Gorongosa Mountain, where the park foundation is working to reforest the denuded mountain and help provide an economic engine through coffee farming, as well as the scientific labs.
Written 14 października 2018
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Joao F
2 contributions
Experiences of a lifetime at the Gorongosa NP!
wrz 2018 • Wyjazd w pojedynkę
Lioness chasing a prey, wild dogs going for a kill, elephants charging, lions fighting and many more experiences that one never forgets!
Written 10 października 2018
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