Gorongosa National Park has undergone a hugely ambitious and successful rehabilitation program and has been entirely rejuvenated. For travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track escape with diverse game, rich birdlife and a real sense of untamed Africa, Gorongosa is the perfect destination.
The park is home to populations of oribi, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog and sable as well as elephant herds and bulls. In Gorongosa's rivers and lake, there are good populations of hippos and crocodiles, and on the floodplains zebras, impalas, monkeys and baboons can be found. Large herbivores such as buffalos, wildebeests and kudus are slowly being reintroduced to the park. Predators are recovering slowly, with a number of lion prides in the park.
Birding at Gorongosa is also very good, with special and endemic birds such as the collared palm thrush, the green coucal, narina trogon and spotted creeper. Gorongosa National Park is 480 mi/775 km north of Maputo.
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