About Gonarezhou

Gonarezhou National Park is situated in the south eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe and covers an area in excess of 5 000 square kilometres which, to put it into perspective, is about the same size as Mana Pools, Matusadona and Chizarira National Parks put together. Yes, it is that big – there is plenty of bush to explore and contrary to popular (but mostly uninformed) opinion, there are heaps of animals and it is spectacularly beautiful.

“Gonarezhou” meaning “The place of many elephants” is estimated to have a population in excess of 7 000 elephants and we have seen several bulls with ivory weighing not much less than 100 pounds a side. You don’t find these kinds of elephants just anywhere, and even in Gonarezhou these big tuskers haven’t got that big from being stupid. Without doubt, Gonarezhou’s Grey Ghosts possess an enigma that has kept them safe through civil wars, severe droughts and poaching.

Being away from major tourist attractions, Gonarezhou is seldom visited and until recently only attracted the most intrepid of travellers.

Apart from its scenic beauty and incredible diversity of wildlife, the Park’s most important attraction is its wilderness character which makes it one of the very few areas left in Southern Africa that can offer genuine wilderness experience. No boat motors, no aircraft engines, no permanent camps and few other tourists makes Gonarezhou quite unique to anywhere else.

Gonarezhou is an extremely scenic Park comprising some of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes to be found anywhere in Southern Africa, honestly you will struggle to find a backdrop more spectacular than Gonarezhou ANYWHERE in Africa.

The dominating features of the Park include incised sandstone cliffs, rocky basalt river gorges, extensive tracts of Mopane, Ironwood and mixed broadleaf woodland, riverine floodplains, wetlands and wide sweeping sand rivers.

Gonarezhou has another unique quality in being the only national park in Zimbabwe in which both banks of a major river (the Runde River) are enclosed within the boundary of a national park. Two other major rivers, the Save to the north east and the Mwenezi in the south west also cut their courses through the Park, providing life sustaining water and habitat for hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and fish. In addition to all the above, Gonarezhou is the jewel in the crown of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a massive Pan-African Park which covers an area of 35 000 square kilometres and includes South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. This huge area is to become one of the largest Peace Parks in the Wold and is the most forward thinking conservation initiative to have come out of Southern Africa.

Gonarezhou Gallery

If you are up for an active adventurous holiday to a wilderness destination unspoiled by mass tourism, then you have come to the right place.