Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
It is good to hear positive news about wildlife from time to time; particularly when we are bombarded with reports that are mostly negative.
This Park suffered badly during the civil war that Mozambique suffered for years and only came to a halt soem 15 years ago. What had been Africa’s prime unspoilt wildlife area had been poached thoroughly. Thankfully the peace and the realisation that wildlife was a great hard currency earner ensured that positive steps have been taken to re-establish this massive Park.
Latest reports indicate that thanks to successful breeding (and serious anti paoching activities) numbers of most animals are increasing rapidly. Add to this, there has been a programme of re-introduction of certain animals to help boost species where numbers were so low that it would take years for them to recover. Good numbers of plains animals can be found but sightings of lion, buffalo and elephant are not as good as other Parks. By way of compensation, some of Africa’s best concentration of sable and oribi are to be found here.
It is still a destination that is well off most people’s map and getting there is not straight forward. But if you want a truly African experience that is quietly yours, then this is a great destination. Add in a stay at one of Mozambiques stunning coastal lodges and you will have a holiday that will be second to none.
Finally, do not expect to see giraffe in Gorongosa. There are none, never have been and no-one knows why.