GONAREZHOU - 4 nts

$4,550.00Price

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

 

  • Days spent in Gonarezhou typically involve an early wake up call followed by a light breakfast after which you depart camp by vehicle or on foot. Mornings are almost always spent exploring this wonderful wilderness area on foot whilst the afternoons are best spent driving a little further afield and finding somewhere scenic to watch the world go by.

    ​A day may include tracking lions, painted dogs, a herd of buffalo or a giant tusker; or quiety watching an old bull stripping a Baobab tree or catching a tiger fish at sunset.

    Owing to park regulations requiring visitors to be back in camp half an hour after sunset, you are not permitted to night drive and are therefore in camp shortly before nightfall.

    This leaves sufficient time to freshen up with a hot shower under the stars before meeting around the campfire for pre dinner drinks and time to reflect on the day’s events before being seated for dinner.

    Attention to detail ensures your comforts are adequately taken care of and none of the important necessities have been overlooked – comfortable beds, hot showers and clean ablution facilities, freshly prepared wholesome meals and a good selection of hot and cold beverages are all provided.

    ​The camp can sleep a maximum of ten guests, in five specially customized en-suite Meru style tents. Each tent is fully carpeted and has two regular size single beds fitted with cotton linen, a bedside table and a wardrobe. Outside the front veranda are two chairs and a small table whilst immediately behind the tent are en-suite loo & shower facilities and a vanity table with twin hand basins.

    We provide solar lighting in the tents and at night Consol solar lamps illuminate the pathways between the tents and the main mess area.

    ​The main mess area is a large open sided tent where most meals are served unless we are having a bush-breakfast or picnic. In the early evening, after drinks and snacks have been enjoyed around the fire, dinner is taken by candlelight in the mess or out under the stars.

     

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