GONAREZHOU - 4 nts
Camp operates April - November
There are few truly wild places in Africa that remain unspoiled by mass tourism and for the time being, Gonarezhou is one of them. Located far from the heavily tramped northern circuit, Gonarezhou is an absolute jewel of a wilderness area.
Situated in the south eastern corner of Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou covers an area in excess of 5 000 square kilometres, which to put this into perspective, is about the same size as Mana Pools, Matusadona and Chizarira National Parks put together.
The park forms the frontier between Zimbabwe and Mozambique for over 150kms and is second only in size to Hwange National Park. 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.
Apart from a handful of self catering lodges at Mabalauta and some recently completed tented accommodation at Chipinda Pools, there are no permanent camps or lodges within the park. Tour operators are very few and far between and self-drive campers are not permitted to walk or drive off road which means more often than not, one has the majority of wildlife sightings to oneself.
The camp operates on an exclusive booking basis, and offers a private, close to nature wilderness experience where each group has the undivided attention of the entire camp's staff and guides. They encourage guests to touch, feel, smell and taste the bush so if you prefer to observe 'nature' from the seat of a vehicle rather than from your own two feet then you’ve come to the wrong place.
Safari starts and ends from Harare typically with a charter flight to the park - approximate costs are included