The Gonarezhou National Park, situated in the south-east corner of Zimbabwe
, covers an area over 5000km². Bordering Mozambique, this vast wilderness is characterised by a stunning and rugged landscape, sweeping rivers and an assortment of exciting wildlife.
Gonarezhou forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a massive Pan-African park which situates itself as a ‘peace park’, dedicated to conservation, economic development of local communities and biodiversity.
True to its name, which means ‘place of many elephants’, Gonarezhou is famous for its elephant, who roam the park uninhibited. The three major rivers which cut through the park – The Save, Mwenezi and Runde – form oases and natural pools from which hundreds of species of wildlife and birds gather their sustenance. Buffalo, hippo, giraffe, lion, leopard and cheetah can all be spotted within the park, providing visitors with unique game-viewing prospects. Historically, the park has also been a habitat for the endangered African Wild Dog, which can be seen on the odd occasion.
A well-known natural feature of Gonarezhou is the stunning Chilojo Cliffs. These magnificent red cliffs are composed of coarse Jurassic sandstones and conglomerates named Malvernia Beds, and have been formed over billions of years of erosion. The Chiviriga, Dumbwe and Chivirira Falls are also striking features of interest which holidaymakers can visit in the hands of expert guides.
Renowned accommodation in Gonarezhou
includes the boutique Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge which, as the name suggests, overlooks the Chilo Gorge. This luxurious lodge has brought the outside in, with light, spacious, elegant architecture providing visitors with a haven; a place to rest and prepare for their next big adventure.