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Gorongosa National Park
is located in the Central
region of Mozambique
This national park may be of modest size, but is of great significance to conservation across Africa. Set at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, this area used to be one of the most prodigious and varied wildlife areas on the continent.
But during the seventeen year civil war that ended in 1992, the park's wildlife was decimated, both by armed guerrillas in search of bush-meat and people trying to hide from the conflict.
Since 1995 American philanthropist Greg Carr has been working with the government to restore the reserve to its former glory, both from a conservation perspective and as a way of improving the lives and prospects of local people. Check the video. Whilst the wildlife has recovered to a degree, helped by some significant deliveries of imported animals, Gorongosa still has a fair way to go.
We are very rarely asked to include Gorongosa in trips, the vast majority of our guests prefer to go on safari in more established and reliable reserves in other countries before heading out to the beaches of Mozambique.
The reserve tends to appeal most to very experienced safari travellers who are specifically searching out new and niche locations, especially those who are interested in understanding and supporting the restoration project here.
However since localised political unrest during 2013 all of the main safari operators have pulled out of the area and the camps closed down. There seems little prospect of operating safaris here in the immediate future, but please do check with us for the latest situation if you are particularly interested.