Among Zimbabwean conservationists, Gonarezhou enjoys a long-standing reputation as one of the most interesting wilderness havens in the country – and has the added benefit of being the least visited, so the visitor is rewarded with a unique experience and time to reflect in this place of solitude and majesty.
The park is home to some of the most unusual species of game, such as Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, nyala and suni antelope, and its wooded bushlands house a healthy population of elephant. Other animals include giraffe, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, roan, sable and impala, followed in their paths by the predators, lion, leopard, and hyena. Covering almost 2 000 square miles of Lowveld bush, Gonarezhou has always been appreciated as much for its wilderness atmosphere as its wildlife. There is a diversity of terrain, from mopani tree savanna and acacia woodlands to riverine forests and fine old baobab trees. The traveler can enjoy this Big Five experience from the absolute comfort of one of the luxury lodges which care for and cater to one’s every need. Access is either by air charter from Harare or Bulawayo, or by road as part of a self-drive excursion.