Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou National Park is the second largest park in Zimbabwe, covering 5000 sq. km (1900 sq. mi) in the southeast of the country. Gonarezhou lies 519km (322mi) from the major cities of Harare and Bulawayo.

Gonarezhou means ‘place of the elephants’, and although it is the country’s least visited park, this is set to change following the creation of a transfrontier park with neighbouring countries and a public-private partnership to oversee its commercial and conservation interests. The range of habitats equates to a massive diversity of species which, along with the jaw-dropping scenery, makes Gonarezhou well worth the effort to visit.

Plan Your Trip

Given the remoteness of Gonarezhou, self-drive visitors will need to bring all provisions with them. The roads within the park are not well maintained, so 4×4 is essential, as is a good map. Charter flights are available, with transfers to various camps. Given its vast size, visitors should spend a minimum of two nights, although more is recommended. Activities in the park include game drives, walking safaris, birding and canoeing. The landscapes vary from riverine to mopane and acacia woodland – each supporting a great diversity of fauna and flora. Three rivers bring water to the park, with the Chilojo Cliffs along the Runde River being a must-see attraction.