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Protected Area Gonarezhou National Park

ID: w149300 View large map

Located in Zimbabwe :: Masvingo
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.

Address :  Zimbabwe
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

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  Conservation Fees: SADC Visitors USD12pp; Internationals USD15pp. (Updated Mar-2020).

General Information
Pre-Booking :  Non-Essential

Destination Information
Petrol Diesel Lodging Camping Towing Service
Towing Service Telephone :  +263(0)78 057 9261 / +263(0)71 808 4297 / +263(0)73 652 3424 (DRIVE Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance)

Game Viewing 4WD Trails Guided Walks Fishing Swimming Bird Watching Stargazing 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).

Travelling Information
Closest Main Route :  A10

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  ALL

Accommodation is available in the Park.

You may be able to 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.

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.

Parks staff will always be able to update you on the local conditions.

Fuel should be available in Chicualacuala on the Mozambique side.

Reportedly the park is being slowly upgraded. Most facilities are usually functional and mostly clean. Supplies must be obtained from Chiredzi town as there are no shops within the Park.

 Travel Tip!

All camps must be booked and paid for. Even the 'bush camps'.

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