Gorongosa National Park is situated in Gorongosa District, in the heart of Central Mozambique. It lies on the southern part of the Great African Rift Valley.
The area was first designated as a hunting reserve by the Portuguese in 1920 and was expanded to become a national park between 1960 and 1980.The civil war of 1981 to1984 led to a lot of destruction of both the Gorongosa National Park and wildlife in the park. The restoration of the park started in 2004 and has restored the park to its previous glory.
This amazing park has a lot to offer from its wilderness to the many wildlife available and continually being reintroduced. Visit Gorongosa National Park to view animals such as lions, warthogs, waterbucks, wildebeests and elephants can also be spotted.
In its lake and rivers you can view several crocodiles, and on its floodplains impalas, zebras and monkeys. The park is also a great birding site due to its over 400 bird species, including the endemic birds like the green coucal, the collared palm thrush and the spotted creeper.
The Gorongosa National Park includes the Gorongosa Mountain which houses about 2,000 inhabitants. Due to the excellent land use practices of the inhabitants, the mountain has a very good ecology which attracts a lot of biologists and ecologists all over the world.
The park itself has an abundance of wildlife ranging from carnivores to herbivores, reptiles to birds and also various species of insects. The insects include the dung beetles, Matabele ants and hundreds of other species.
The park also has over 400 species of birds living alongside lions, elephants, lions, hippos and others. Gorongosa National Park is closed from mid-December to the 13th of April due to the rainy season in the region during that period.
The Gorongosa National Park can be assessed by bus or car from Mozambique’s major cities such as Beira and Maputo. International tourists can board a flight to Beira or Maputo and then board a taxi or bus at a fair rate.