Overview – South Gonarezhou NP

Gonarezhou National Park is situated in the southeastern part of Zimbabwe and is the second-largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. It covers the absolute most marvellous landscape in the region consolidating the notable Chilojo Cliffs, wide wandering waterways and extensive forests. Broadly known for its novel wilderness, the Park's reputation as a chief objective for quality wildlife sightings is likewise developing. Home to around 11 000 elephants, the Gonarezhou really merits its vernacular name as ‘Place of Elephants'.
Gonarezhou National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a harmonious park that links Gonarezhou with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Animals can move uninhibitedly between the three safe havens.

  • Wildlife20 Animals

  • High SeasonJuly to August

  • Best Time to GoJune to October

Pros & Cons

  • Four of the big five are found here. Only the black rhino is absent
  • Amazing birding destination, especially for raptors
  • Tremendous, untamed wilderness region
  • Walking safaris are available
  • Great wildlife diversity
  • Few visitors, and it never gets busy
  • Limited wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Very few accommodation options

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Wildlife & Animals – South Gonarezhou NP

One can track down countless games here, and surprisingly four of the Big five are here. Buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion are all present in Gonarezhou, with just the rhino missing. There are additionally numerous other enormous creatures here, including cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebra, numerous species of antelope and an exceptionally huge number of wild dogs. Since it has three waterways slicing through it, the park additionally has a great cluster of oceanic natural life, which incorporates the Zambezi shark.

Wildlife Highlights

The incredibly rare king cheetah is believed to be available in the park even though it isn't clear when they were last spotted. Gonarezhou is an extraordinary park to see a portion of the more uncommon antelope species, including the bashful nyala antelope and the little suni. The radiant roan and sable antelope can likewise be seen.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time to visit Gonarezhou National Park for wildlife viewing is during the dry season from June to October when Animals gather around predictable water sources. Also, the vegetation is thinner during these months, which makes spotting much easier. Roads might become difficult to navigate in the Wet Season from November to March.

Birds – South Gonarezhou NP

Gonarezhou is also an excellent destination for bird watchers, with hundreds of species of birds found within the park. The rivers attract many waterbirds from herons, storks and egrets to waders, African Skimmers and nesting Southern Carmine Bee-eaters. The Mangrove Kingfisher is new to Zimbabwe and may be found in the rains around the Save-Runde confluence, the country’s lowest point. Bat Hawks and Pel’s Fishing-owl sit unnoticed in thick trees and the spectacular Chilojo Cliffs can be checked for Verreaux’s Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Black Storks, swifts and other raptors. Raptors are well represented, and migratory birds are present from November to April.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Gonarezhou offers a great birding experience throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is during the wet season from November to April. It is also the time when migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are available and a lot of birds can be seen in breeding plumage. The Dry season is best for wildlife viewing and occurs from June to October.

Best Time to Visit – South Gonarezhou NP

The best time to visit Gonarezhou National Park is during the Dry season from June to October when animals are easier to spot because the dry weather thins the bush and wildlife concentrates around water sources. During the Wet season (November to April), access to certain parts of the park is restricted.

  • Best Time

    June to October

  • High Season

    July to August

  • Low Season

    January to May

  • Best Weather

    April to September

  • Worst Weather

    November to March

April to October (Dry Season)

  • Easier to spot wildlife as animals come to drink at the rivers and waterholes
  • It is sunny, and there is little rain
  • Fewer mosquitoes and less chance of catching malaria
  • The sky is hazy with a lot of dust in the air
  • Warm clothes are recommended for the early morning & night chill weather

April to October (Wet Season)

  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • Plenty of baby animals that attract predators
  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Extreme Hot and Humid climate
  • Roads become impassable and difficult to drive after heavy rainfalls
  • From January to March, some camps and lodges will be closed
  • The Dry season is better for wildlife viewing

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