1 Best Sight in Central Mozambique, Mozambique

Gorongosa National Park

Fodor's choice

On the floor of The Great Rift Valley, Gorongosa National Park was once one of Africa’s crowning glories, where thousands of plains game followed by hundreds of predators fed off some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa—a microcosm of the continent itself. But it became a casualty of neglect, civil wars, and plunder. Today, thanks to the 2004 non-profit Gorongosa Restoration Project of U.S. businessman Greg Carr and the Mozambican government, Gorongosa is steadily becoming the jewel in Africa’s crown once again. It's almost in the dead center of Mozambique, in Sofala Province, approximately 62 miles (100 km) from the port of Beira. Featuring the 6000 feet-high (1860 m) granite massif, Mount Gorongosa, the park today develops local communities, education, health, and skills, and provides a unique wildlife experience. Discover rivers, spectacular waterfalls on the mountain slopes, the beautiful Lake Urema, savanna, rainforest, flood plains—each of the different habitats home to all kinds of creatures, from big game such as elephant and lion, to reptiles and birds (339 species including the Green-headed Oriole—a bird you’ll find nowhere else in the world).

Watch the National Geographic documentary

Africa's Lost Eden

to whet your appetite.

Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Sights Details
Rate Includes: $20, Apr.–June daily 6–6, Aug.–Sept. daily 5:30 am–6 pm, Oct.–Dec. daily 5 am–6:30 pm. Closed from mid-December until mid-April for the rainy season.