Wild. Untamed. Wilderness
There are few truly wild places in Africa that remain unspoiled by mass tourism and for the time being, Gonarezhou is one of them.
Located far from the heavily tramped northern circuit, Gonarezhou is an absolute jewel of a wilderness area.
Situated in the south eastern corner of Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou covers an area in excess of 5 000 square kilometres, which to put this into perspective, is about the same size as Mana Pools, Matusadona and Chizarira National Parks put together.
The park forms the frontier between Zimbabwe and Mozambique for over 150kms and is second only in size to Hwange National Park.
Gonarezhou is an extremely scenic park comprising some of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes to be found anywhere in Southern Africa: honestly, you will struggle to find a backdrop more spectacular than Gonarezhou anywhere in Africa.
Apart from a handful of self catering lodges at Mabalauta and some recently completed tented accommodation at Chipinda Pools, there are no permanent camps or lodges within the park. Tour operators are very few and far between and self-drive campers are not permitted to walk or drive off road which means more often than not, one has the majority of wildlife sightings to oneself.
© Hilary O Leary
Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant - the only harmless great thing.
"Gonarezhou" meaning "The place of many elephants" is estimated to have a population in excess of eleven thousand of these gentle and forgiving animals and we’ve been privileged in our time here to see several bulls with ivory weighing over a hundred pounds a side. These living ‘monuments’ are an anomaly in today’s world and to spend time in the presence of these animals is an experience that is not easily forgotten.
In addition to a burgeoning elephant population, the park has good numbers of the majority of larger mammal species. We have personally recorded 36 different mammal species and regularly have sightings of lion, leopard and painted hunting dogs.
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