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Chilo Gorge, Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

Gonarezhou National Park

In the far southeast of Zimbabwe, lies Gonarezhou National Park, a remote and undeveloped wilderness varying from open plains to the dense bush.

Although Gonarezhou borders onto South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s vast Limpopo National Park, the area is untouched and the wildlife can roam freely.

Together these three huge parks go to make up a truly vast wilderness area, the size of the Netherlands and are what is now known as The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

Elephants, Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe
Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe
Chilo Gorge, Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe
Chilojo Gorge, Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

A little more about Gonarezhou National Park

Being Zimbabwe’s second-largest national park after Hwange, game viewing is good, birdlife is prolific and the every changing scenery is spectacular with the mighty red sandstone Chilojo Cliffs visible for miles around. Three major rivers, the Mwenezi, Save and Runde, wind through the semi-arid scrublands attracting large elephant herds as well as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and many antelope species.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge £££££

  • Zimbabwe
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Chilo Gorge has breath-taking views over Gonarezhou National Park and provides an elegant and tranquil environment with access to one of the few remaining wilderness spots in Africa. Each chalet is has a private balcony from which to soak in the view and has easy access to the central dining area, bar and swimming pool. Activities at Chilo Gorge are varied and include game drives and walks, as well as highly recommended full-day trips or a three-night sleep out adventure to visit the Chilojo Cliffs.

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Gonarezhou Bush Camp £££££

  • Zimbabwe
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Gonarezhou Bush Camp is a simple, comfortable mobile tented camp located in the heart of Gonarezhou National Park, an area regarded as one of southern Africa’s finest last great wilderness areas. The camp provides a comfortable base with wholesome, freshly prepared meals, practical and functional ablution facilities, an adequate selection of quality beverages and the highest level of personal guiding services. Throw these few, but important, ingredients together and one has a private retreat from which to enjoy quality time.

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Singita Pamushana £££££

  • Zimbabwe
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Singita Pamushanas location in the private Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, adjacent to Gonarezhou National Park offers an unforgettable safari experience in a truly pristine wilderness. Incorporating the local environment, Pamushana is built with sun-bleached leadwood trunks, thatch and sandstone boulders. The main area offers various dining locations, a bar, library, open-air lounge, wine cellar and two heated swimming pools. Accommodation consists of six luxury suites (with either one or two bedrooms) and a large villa, each with private plunge pool and incredible views of the Malilangwe dam. Activities at Singita Pamushana are varied and can be tailor-made with morning and afternoon game drives, bush walks, tennis and guided mountain biking. Optional activities include cruises, fishing, visits to San rock art sites, community outreach projects and a bush spa, as well as an adventurous sleep out under the stars.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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