As its wildlife population has risen from the ashes of the civil war in Mozambique, Gorongosa National Park enjoys the status of a favoured filming location for National Geographic documentaries. It was here where the award winning “Africa’s Lost Eden” was filmed in 2009, and “War Elephants”, featuring Joyce Pool interacting with Gorongosa’s elephants premiers this year.
Gorongosa’s habitats includes stunning Fever Tree forests, Ilala Palm forests, Acacia and Miombo woodlands, Riparian and Lake shore, striking floodplains and the rain forest on Mount Gorongosa.
The term “Africa’s last Eden” does not get mentioned lightly and when it is used in reference to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park it is certainly well deserved.
Once one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations, Gorongosa has only recently re-emerged as an ultimate adventure safari destination after decades of civil war that virtually decimated its wildlife population.
Founded in 1921 as a small private game park and hunting reserve, Gorongosa became so popular that it was soon expanded to cover 3,200km2. Guest quarters were initially located on the edge of the scenic flood plain to the southwest of Lago Urema.
However, regular floods prompted relocation to Chitengo Camp. The abandoned camp became known as “Casa dos Leões”, due to the numerous lions in the vicinity.
By 1960, the reserve became Gorongosa National Park, and was one of Southern Africa’s most exciting wildlife destinations, “teeming” with animals. In the 1980’s, war forced Gorongosa to close. During these unfortunate times for all Mozambicans, the wildlife suffered dramatically.
Gorongosa and its remarkable variety of ecosystems are fast being restored. Visitors can stay at the newly refurbished Chitengo Camp in the heart of the park, as well as participate in a range of activities, including game drives, birding, hiking to the waterfall day trips and visits to the local Vinho community.
The park, which today enjoys the status of a favoured filming location for several nature documentaries, most notably National Geographic
Book your trip with Dana Tours today to Gorongosa National Park, where large herds of elephant roam once again.
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