The Gonarezhou, along with South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park, together form the huge, pan-African Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (37 572km² – that’s about the size of the Netherlands).
As Zimbabwe’s slice, the Gonarezhou (5000km²) links the other two as a vast, unspoilt wilderness along its south-eastern border, and despite being the second largest national park in the country, is the least visited. This has everything to do with its appeal. This is safari in true solitude, and where the land belongs to the elephants (about 8,000) little disturbed by humans and civilisation (there are no static structures in the park).
Pristine and rugged lowveld are crisscrossed by the Save, Runde and Mwenezi rivers making perfect habitats for a healthy range of birds, fish and antelope species (the rare Roan included). Lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah can be spotted also with the help of expert trackers, and the challenge and skill of finding these feels refreshing to the avid safari goer.
When to go
All year round.
What to do
- Walking and 4WD safaris
- Wildlife to see: lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah (including the rare king cheetah), buffalo, giraffe, zebra and many species of large antelope.
- Fishing, Bird watching and visits to waterfalls