Gonarezhou National Park
Gonarezhou National Park is a National Park located in south-eastern Zimbabwe in a relatively remote corner of Masvingo Province, south of Chimanimani along the Mozambique border. At 5,053 km² Gonarezhou is the country’s second largest game reserve after Hwange National Park. The word Gonarezhou means “Place of Many Elephants”. It forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Gonarezhou with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Animals can move freely between the three sanctuaries. Three major rivers – The Save, Runde and Mwenezi – cut their courses through the Park, forming pools and natural oases from which hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and fish gather to feed and drink. As its name implies, Gonarezhou is famous for its elephants, and many of the largest-tusked elephants in the region maybe found within the Park. Lion, leopard, cheetah (including the rare king cheetah), buffalo, giraffe, zebra and many species of large antelope are also present within the Park. The rare nyala and smaller suni are two of the highlights of the Park’s smaller antelopes. In addition, hundreds of species of birds may be spotted in the Park. Unique species of aquatic wildlife such as the Zambezi Shark, Freshwater Goby, Black Bream and the unique turquoise killifish can be seen within the Park’s rivers and pools.
One of the most prominent and enduring natural features of Gonarezhou National Park is the beautiful Chilojo Cliffs.
These magnificent red sandstone cliffs have been formed through eons of erosion and overlook the scenic Runde River valley.
This park is definately worthwhile a visit whilst on safari in Southern Africa.