The greater Gorongosa region is ecologically unique, situated at the southern-most end of the Great African Rift Valley; as a result it is a region with high species diversity and environmental features found nowhere else in the sub-continent. The key to continued biodiversity and habitat preservation on the planet is to protect areas of ecological importance, such as the Gorongosa National Park and the surrounding water catchments, such as is found on nearby Mount Gorongosa.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the Gorongosa National Park in its lush splendour and guests should note that in doing so they will be directly participating in one of the greatest restoration projects in Southern Africa. Witness first-hand how rapidly and positively nature responds when given a bit of help and space from mankind.
This is one of only a couple of national parks and game reserves in Mozambique that guests can visit for a safari. It has a lot of history, and a tragic past that was lost to poaching. This makes its present-day success even more outstanding.
Gorongosa is an ecosystem restoration area with a special focus on bringing the lion population back up through the Gorongosa Lion Project.
Guests are invited to take day trips (6-7 hours) to the majestic Mount Gorongosa waterfalls, which includes travelling to the mountain by vehicle and walking an hour to see the spectacular waterfall of Murombodzi.
A visit to Bué Maria, which overlooks the Pungue River and offers guests a sundowner with a view of a spectacular sunset. There is the option to do self-drives from Chitengo Safari Camp.
The park hosts a variety of ecosystems because of the seasonal flooding of the river, the limestone quarries, Mount Gorongosa and its waterfalls, rainforests and miombo woodlands.
Gorongosa National Park offers something for everyone interested in African wildlife and spectacular scenery. Early-morning and sunset game-viewing drives afford guests the opportunity to view wildlife on the approximately 100km of game roads from Chitengo Camp (one of Gorongosa's few accommodations). The drives will traverse various ecosystems, including floodplains, miombo forest, and lowland savannah.
The park is home to lions, elephants, buffalos, and many kinds of antelope, with frequent sightings of sable, impala, oribi, bushbuck, reedbuck, kudu, nyala, waterbuck, and (less frequently) zebra, hartebeest and eland. Lake Urema and its waterways support healthy populations of crocodiles and hippos.
Gorongosa's birdlife is fantastic with about 400 species having been sighted in recent years. Many are endemics or near-endemics, prized by birders. The Green-headed Oriole, for example, is found in southern Africa only on Mount Gorongosa, and the Moustached Warbler has been sighted at Chitengo and on the mountain.
The climate in Mozambique is tropical, however it varies in the different regions of the country. Generally, the inland areas are slightly cooler and more humid than along the coast in the rainy season.
The best time to travel to Mozambique is during the winter months, which is also the dry season, lasting from April to September. The southern parts of the country are generally drier and less tropical than the north, with temperatures along the coast averaging 27 degrees Celsius. The best time for game viewing is during the months of August to September, towards the end of the dry season.
The summer months, also the rainy season, coincide with the heat and humidity from October to March, with average coastal temperatures of 31 degrees. The best time for bird-watching is usually December to April.
Chitengo Safari Camp is open for visitors, birding walks, hotel and camping accommodations, restaurant meals and swimming. Available activities include trips to Mount Gorongosa, community visits, walks at the Community Education Centre and the Bué Maria lookout. This is one of the very few camps situated in central Mozambique's protected Gorongosa National Park. It promises a secluded, exclusive experience unlike any other.
Kubatana Camp will provide visitors to the park with fantastic, eco-friendly tented accommodation in an exclusive operating area on the
bank of the Muscadizi River, shaded by large fever trees. Kubatana means ‘co-operation’, ‘hand-in-hand’ and ‘working together’ in the local Sena language. This luxurious, yet lightweight camp is fundamentally involved in the conservation of Gorongosa.
Most flights into Mozambique land in the largest and capital city, Maputo. Maputo International Airport receives regular flights from South Africa, however, should guests be adding Mozambique as a destination after an East Africa safari, there are private charter flights available from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Nairobi in Kenya.
There are also direct flights from South Africa to the Bazaruto Archipelago in the centre of Mozambique and the Quirimbas Archipelago in the far north. Sun Safaris will arrange whichever flights into the country best suit guests' itineraries.
Self-driving from South Africa to Mozambique is an option and is often an option for local holiday-makers. The road from Johannesburg, via Nelspruit, to Mozambique is in good condition and well-tarred. Should guests be flying to their destination, Sun Safaris will arrange for light air or road transfers from Maputo to booked accommodation.