Why Visit Gorongosa National Park?

Gorongosa National Park, located in central Mozambique's Great African Rift Valley, offers a unique African wilderness experience. Spanning over 4,000 square kilometres, it boasts a breathtaking variety of landscapes – from acacia-dotted grasslands and savannahs to dry forests, rain-filled pans, and rainforests nestled at the base of limestone gorges. This incredible diversity creates a paradise not only for wildlife but for nature lovers, too.

Despite the devastation of the Mozambican Civil War, which drastically reduced wildlife populations, Gorongosa has risen as a symbol of hope and renewal. And since 2012, visionary conservation efforts have reintroduced keystone species such as African wild dogs, lions, and leopards. Through international partnerships, long-term monitoring, and expanding conservation beyond the Gorongosa’s boundaries, wildlife corridors have been established, allowing species to thrive once more. The resurgence of iconic species like lions and African wild dogs, now numbering in the hundreds, is a testament to these remarkable efforts.

Guests to Gorongosa are treated to one of Africa's last great wild places, often likened to experiencing shades of the Congo, the Maasai Mara, the Okavango Delta, and the Mountains of the Moon in a single day. Here you can explore unique excursions, such as the Pangolin Rescue Centre, E.O. Wilson Lab Tours, and the Mount Gorongosa Coffee Tour. Furthermore, bird enthusiasts will be thrilled to seek out the rare green-headed oriole, found only on Mount Gorongosa. With its magnificent landscapes and successful conservation stories, Gorongosa offers an unforgettable adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've taken the liberty to answer everything you may need to know about visiting Gorongosa National Park

  • Many major cities around the world offer direct flights to Maputo, Mozambique's capital. From Maputo, you can catch a scheduled flight to either Beira or Chimoio. 

    Once there, you can drive to Gorongosa via the Inchope junction. Transfers can also be pre-arranged from either airport, or you have the option to rent a car at Beira airport.

  • Beira Airport is a four-hour drive from Gorongosa National Park, whereas Chimoio Airport is only a three-hour drive away.

  • The cost of a Gorongosa safari will depend on various factors, including but not limited to where you stay, when you're visiting, and what activities you wish to partake in. However, as a guideline, the price per person per day is usually around $510 - $1100.

  • Mozambique, a tropical paradise, experiences two main seasons: the wet season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. The dry season offers ideal weather for your Mozambique safari adventures. 

    During the wet season, the Gorongosa National Park is closed from mid-December until the end of March. After reopening, some game drive roads may remain closed until they’re safe to drive on.

  • Gorongosa is celebrated for its incredible biodiversity, supporting a wide array of unique species. Its famed floodplains are home to abundant waterbuck and other antelope species, as well as lions, hippos, crocodiles, large herds of elephants, the rare African wild dog, Crawshay's zebra, green-headed oriole, and the Mount Gorongosa pygmy chameleon, to name just a few.