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Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area
Gonarezhou commonly means 'Place of the Elephant' and was proclaimed a game reserve in 1968, and is divided into two parts: Chipinda Pools with serviced tented campsites on the North and Mabalauta with serviced chalets in the South. There are exclusive wild camps scattered throughout the park. The whole park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) and is administered by the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
This authority does the booking, they are very friendly and efficient and communicating effectively via email. More on the name: Gona: “place having a capacity of sufficient size or strength; as a room capable of holding a large number; a stronghold capable of resisting a long assault.” Or Gona: “It's a calabash or horn normally used by traditional healers....or something used to store "muti” Possibly linked to the renowned Traditional Healer called Komondela who lived near Bopomela reZhou: means of the elephant Gonarezhou = Bastion of the Elephants.
|Contact :||Gonarezhou Conservation Trust Reservations|
|Cell :||+263(0)77 978 8811|
|Cell2 :||+263(0)77 753 7730|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Host Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Intermittent|
1st of May-31st of Oct.
|Fee/s :||Conservation Fees: SADC Visitors USD12pp; Internationals USD15pp. (Updated Mar-2020).|
|Facilities :||Lodging, Camping|
|Game Viewing, 4WD Trails, Picnics, Guided Walks, Fishing, Swimming, Bird Watching, Photography|
|Game to View :||Elephant. Lion. Leopard. Buffalo. Black Rhino. Zebra. Giraffe. Antelopes. Sable. Roan Antelope.|
|Notes on Activities :||Fishing safaris. (Some activities may be offered nearby).|
Accommodation is available in the Park.
You can pay by credit card at the park entrance gate. You can book at the central Parks Board Offices or at the gate.
More prolific game life will be seen on the roads near the river, which also provided more interesting driving, vegetation and scenery. (June 2015).
The park is not fenced and some of the roads conditions are bad. There are river crossings which is seasonal and unpredictable but useable in the dry season.
Some routes are not advised like travelling via the 'Restricted Area' / Guluweni Chefu Wilderness area between the south and north because your car will get badly scratched. Be careful of the elephants they are aggressive. (22-Nov-11).
Parks staff will always be able to update you on the local conditions. (Oct-14).
Fuel available in Chicualacuala on the Mozambique side. (Feb-18)
Reportedly the park is being slowly upgraded. Most facilities are functional and mostly clean. Supplies must be obtained from Chiredzi town as there are no shops within the Park. (Mar-2020).
All camps must be booked and paid for. Even the 'bush camps'.
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