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Protected Area Gorongosa National Park

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Located in Mozambique :: Mozambique
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area

Description [ correction ]

When it was first established in 1920, Gorongosa was a small 1 000 km² hunting reserve. In 1960 the government increased its area and declared it a National Park. After Mount Gorongosa was incorporated in 2010 the park now covers more than 4 000 km². The park suffered a few adversities like the 1940's floods and the Civil War from 1981 to 1994 which diminished mammal numbers hugely. However, almost all naturally occurring species, including more than 400 kinds of birds and a wide variety of reptiles, have survived. Since 1994 international organisations took hands with local government to rebuild the park's infrastructure and restore its wildlife. This included the reconstruction of the main camp, Chitengo. The park is co-managed by the government and the US non-profit Carr Foundation. Gorongosa is home to an astounding diversity of animals and plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Seasonal flooding and waterlogging of the valley, which is composed of a variety of soil types, creates various distinct ecosystems. Grasslands are dotted with patches of acacia trees, savannah, dry forest on sands and seasonally rain-filled pans and termite hill thickets. The plateaus contain miombo and montane forests and a spectacular rain forest at the base of a series of limestone gorges.

The Park’s original headquarters in the south - Chitengo Camp - is also a public rest camp, comprising 18 comfortable air-conditioned cabanas as well as a shady public campsite and Chikalango. (Nov-15).

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Estrada Nacional 1, Gorongosa, Sofala, Mozambique.
Contact :  M. Mutemba (Park Warden)
Tel :  +258 23 530 122
Cell :  +258 82 308 2252
Website :  Click Here
Host Website :  Click Here

Directions [ correction ]

Not available

Time Information [ correction ]
Best Time to Visit :  May to mid-December; Closed from rom llate-December to late-February.

Rates and Payment [ correction ]
Payment Methods Accepted :  Credit Card

Destination Information [ correction ]
Facilities :  Shops, Lodging, Camping

Facilities [ correction ]
Conference Facilities, Swimming Pool
Other Facilities :  Biological research center. Open air Library.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Swimming, Bird Watching, Photography
Game to View :  Lions. Elephants. Buffalos. Antelope. Sable. Impala. Oribi. Bushbuck. Reedbuck. Kudu. Nyala. Waterbuck.
Notes on Activities :  (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information [ correction ]
Closest Town :  Beira

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“The Mozambique government has announced the official inclusion of Mount Gorongosa into Gorongosa National Park. The decision comes as the park, located in the province of Sofala in central Mozambique, celebrates its 50th anniversary.” - Janine Reyneke, 2011/05/03

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