landscape
Aerial view of landscape
Nature
Elephant
Wild dogs
Forest and river
Hippopotamus head above water
Guest and guide walking
A Zeal of Zebras running
Animals in the wild
Rock mountain
landscape
Rock landscape
Bird
Children doing cultural dance
Locals creating a wooden fire with sticks and a leaf
Children doing cultural dance
Buffalo standing in the bush
Guests and guide standing in a field
Guide showing guest bushman rock painting
Bushmen rock painting
Campfire on the sand
Turtle in the grass
Guest enjoying a boat ride on a lake
Guest fishing
Elephant walking in the bush
Two elephants in water

Welcome to Gonarezhou National Park

  • Zimbabwe’s hidden gem of a wildlife haven
  • Part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
  • Epic scenery and ecosystems, the Chilojo Cliffs and river systems
  • Hardly ever visited and one of the last truly unspoilt wilderness areas of Africa
  • Home to the big 5 with good numbers of Rhino
  • Only 2 accommodation options Singita Pamushana & Chilo Gorge
  • The nearby Malilangwe Trust wildlife area is an exceptional neighbour

Gonarezhou is Epic! A truly last frontier kind of wildlife area that is fast becoming harder and harder to find. It is second in size only to Hwange National Park when taken on its own but now that it has joined up with Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and South Africa’s Kruger National Park to become The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, it is of a size that is quite hard to comprehend. This was done to allow the old migratory routes of animals that once circumnavigated this region to flow again, tearing down the fences and borders set up by the 3 countries. It is a wonderful project and is thriving.

The biggest distinguishing feature of Gonarezhou is the red sandstone Chilojo cliffs that tower above the park. In the right sunlight, it is simply an astonishing sight. The wildlife here is very good indeed with all members of the Big Five accounted for, especially Elephant, along with a supporting cast of almost all other species that Zimbabwe has. Even the elusive Nyala antelope can be seen on occasion. There are 3 river systems. The Runde, Save and Mwanezi help to attract all this game and importantly keep it all. Leopard & Wild Dog are in good numbers and along with Zebra and Giraffe, Hippo and Crocs.

What sets this region apart however as earlier mentioned, is the sheer unspoilt wilderness. There are only 2 camps and both of them are on the edges of the park rather than in it and in their own private reserves. You will not see another vehicles or people at all whilst out on safari other than that from your camp. The two camps are Singita Pamushana in its private Malilangwe Trust reserve and then right on the other side of Gonarezhou, you have Chilo Gorge Lodge. Both are fantastic. Singita the high-end option and Chilo the not so high end but still rather lovely! Gonarezhou is easiest to access from Johannesburg with several flights a week into both camps.

Walking safaris here are a must, as is sleeping out one night in a fly camp that both lodges offer. It should be said the standard of guiding in Gonarezhou is extremely high even by Zimbabwe standards!

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