Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou National Park lies in the southeastern corner of Zimbabwe bordering Mozambique. Around 5000km2, it is possibly the wildest and least visited park in Zim. This wasn't always the case, however it's remote location and distance from the hub of Victoria Falls means that it has not topped the list of places to visit during recent troubled years.

Criss-crossed by three rivers, the Save, Mwenezi and Runde, the park is dotted with pools and shallow falls around which vegetation thrives. These areas attract a rich diversity of bird and animal life. Auspiciously named "place of elephants" in Shona, the park is true to the word in this respect. Furthermore it offers a pretty impressive outlook of craggy cliffs, broad sandy river beds and baobab trees. The Park forms part of the Trans-frontier "peace park" system that links multiple parks across southern Africa aimed at preserving biodiversity, keeping migratory routes open, and promoting economic stability amongst adjacent communities.

The park is relatively inaccessible with only a few roads and the best way to see it is on foot along the many ancient elephant tracks. There are no permanent lodges worth considering and few operators have taken the risk of setting up here as yet. However, this is all to the good if what you are looking for is a great big chunk of wild Africa to yourself. The best way to visit Gonarezhou at present is by mobile safari.

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