Reviews of Explore Gorongosa
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Excellent Safari experience
Gorangoza Ntl. Park – we really enjoyed and while obviously the diversity of the species is not yet where it once was the Antelope herds were among best we have seen in many Africa trips. Sables in particular stunning. Elephants also good and on the up. Birding as advertised. If track system could be extended to North side of the lake that would enhance later dry season visits.
Explore Gorangoza Camp. Excellent for all who want a comfortable, well run Bush Camp. Just what we like and getting harder to find with trend to up market safari lodges. Ranger (Blessed) was outstanding and staff excellent. We had a temporary Camp Manager Paul. The South African couple left 6 to 9 months ago and the replacements left just before we arrived (the female half was from Lisbon and could not stand the isolation!) Paul, an experienced South African) had just arrived and obviously had everything under control so that was OK. But obviously eventual permanent replacements will be critical.
The road transfer from Beira was efficient & comfortable if tedious with all the trucks on the road – unless they find new fly in solution this will detract. Flight out as advertised to Benguerra & very pleasant.
Explore Gorongosa review
Food was good and guiding was good and although we did not see any lions or other large mammal predators this was more than made up for my the shear number of different antelope so of which we had never seen before.
My only complaint was that in our tent, when it rained in the night, you could not go to the toilet without getting soaking wet, this does not appy to the girls tent since their toilet was undercover.
Explore Gorongosa review
If you are not looking for a park with big 5s in abundance, Gorongosa is a very interesting and diverse place to go to. While that it still needs to be stocked with substantially more cats, if offers an abundance of wildlife to see.
Jeff, the resident guide has truly outstanding knowledge about the flora and fauna of Africa - likely the most informed guide we ever had1
Relaxed like a champ at Explore Gorongosa
When I left for my vacation in Mozambique, I was feeling very burned out. Explore Gorongosa was a great place to relax and rejuvenate and I had a wonderful time there. I would definitely recommend Explore Gorongosa to other travelers.
The tents are very comfortable and well-appointed. There are solar-powered lights in the tents which were great for reading before bed. The beds have mosquito nets and cozy duvets. I slept very well during my stay. There is a pitcher and basin inside the tent. There is also a basin outside in the shower area, along with a bucket shower, with warm water for both available upon request. The toilet is of the non-flush variety, but I hardly noticed the difference. The common area is also very nice and dinner was typically served under a candle-lit chandelier.
I especially enjoyed the hospitality and camaraderie of the camp. Rob and Jos are very warm and friendly and they have done an amazing job with the camp. The guides and other camp personnel were great too.
I saw a wide variety of birds and game in the park (including some excellent lion sightings), but the volume of game is less than in other parks I've visited in Tanzania and Zambia. But I think that made the sightings I did have more special. The flora/terrain of the park is especially interesting because it is so varied. On a single drive you can see three or four different "looks" of the park. I particularly liked the fever trees and took a lot of photos of the markings on the bark.
I had a road transfer to the park from Beira and an air transfer to Indigo Bay. The road transfer takes about 3 hours, and while it was very interesting to see the countryside, it was nice to have an air transfer to my next destination.
I felt very privileged to visit Gorongosa NP and to see the progress being made by the restoration project. I think it is a very worthwhile destination and a great place to let go and enjoy what nature has on offer.