Deep in the South of Zimbabwe Gonarezhou is far from the beaten track in safari terms. More easily accessed from South Africa than other Zimbabwean reserves, this is a park you have to come looking for. And those who do will not be disappointed. Scenery is a lovely blend of woodland, rivers and floodplain, as well as the striking red sandstone Chilojo Cliffs. And while Gonarezhou was once a place of serious poaching and sparse wildlife, it is now part of a vast transfrontier park spreading into Mozambique and South Africa. There is impressive birding around the rivers and forests, a gorgeous array of antelope, and of course elephants- Gonarezhou means “place of elephants” in Shona. So while you might not have quite the wildlife densities of say Mana Pools or Hwange, Gonarezhou is now very much a park for game viewing, and all the more beloved by safari purists for having incredibly few other visitors. Go now before the world cottons on!
Our pick of the places to stay in Gonarezhou:
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