Gonarezhou National Park

“Place of many elephants”

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Untouched pathways and rugged terrains await

‘Pristine wilderness’ perfectly sums up this vast and rugged national park, situated away from the main tourist routes in south-east Zimbabwe. It’s a huge area that’s set to become one of the finest ‘peace parks’ in the world and is wholeheartedly dedicated to conservation, biodiversity and the development of the nearby local communities. As such, you’re set for a quiet and refreshing experience when you visit.

Three major rivers – The Save, Runde and Mwenezi – cut their wondrous courses through the Park, forming beautiful pools and natural oases from which hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and fish gather to feed and drink before your very eyes. As its name implies, Gonarezhou is also famous for its elephants, and many of the largest-tusked elephants in the region can be found within the Park – providing you with exciting and fulfilling viewing opportunities.

Arguably 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, providing a unique backdrop to your African Safari. They really add an otherworldly feel to the area and will no doubt leave you awe-inspired and itching to return before you’ve even left.

Wildlife

In addition to elephant, Gonarezhou is home to lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and several antelope species including herds of nyala.

  • Two Giraffes
  • Zambia Kafue
  • Zimbabwe-Gonarezhou

Seasonal Information

Find out the best times to visit the Gonarezhou National Park.

  • Green Season
  • Mid Season
  • High Season

January is part of the summer rainy season in Gonarezhou National Park. During this time, afternoon showers of rain occur frequently. The heavy rains cause the Limpopo, Runde and Save Rivers, which flow through the area, to flood. This restricts access to certain areas of the park. One can expect temperatures averaging 33°C in the day and dropping to lows of 20°C after sunset.

Plan your Safari

February is part of the summer rainy season in Gonarezhou National Park. During this time, afternoon showers of rain occur frequently. The heavy rains cause the Limpopo, Runde and Save Rivers, which flow through the area, to flood. This restricts access to certain areas of the park. One can expect temperatures averaging 33°C in the day and dropping to lows of 20°C after sunset.

Plan your Safari

March is the end of the summer rainy season in Gonarezhou National Park. The afternoon showers of rain occur less frequently. The heavy rains have caused the Limpopo, Runde and Save Rivers, which flow through the area, to flood. This restricts access to certain areas of the park. One can expect temperatures averaging 31°C in the day and dropping to lows of 19°C after sunset.

Plan your Safari

April is the official start of the dry season. Gonarezhou National Park is characterised by an abundance of cloudless blue skies and sunshine during this time. Temperatures still reach highs of 30°C but after the sunset, temperatures can drop to around 17°C.

Plan your Safari

May is the dry season in Gonarezhou National Park. There is no rain and the bush starts to dry out, making it easier to spot animals on safari. Temperatures during this time can range from 27°C during the day to 11°C at night.

Plan your Safari

June is the dry season in Gonarezhou National Park. There is no rain and the bush is dry, making it easier to spot animals on safari. Temperatures during this time can range from 26°C during the day to 11°C at night.

Plan your Safari

July is the dry season in Gonarezhou National Park. There is no rain and the bush is dry, making it easier to spot animals on safari. Temperatures during this time can range from 26°C during the day to 10°C at night.

Plan your Safari

August is the end of dry season in Gonarezhou National Park. There is no rain and the bush is dry, making it easier to spot animals on safari. Temperatures start to warm up during this time, ranging from 28°C during the day to 12°C at night.

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September is the end of dry season in Gonarezhou National Park. There is no rain and the bush is dry, making it easier to spot animals on safari. Temperatures start to warm up during this time, ranging from 31°C during the day to 15°C at night.

Plan your Safari

October is the end of dry season and the beginning of the rainy season in Gonarezhou National Park. Temperatures are hot during the day, ranging from 31°C during the day to 15°C at night. The end of the month sees the return of the rains in the form of afternoon storms. This is a welcome relief to the dry landscape.

Plan your Safari

November is the rainy season in Gonarezhou National Park. The summer rain showers generally settle into a pattern and are accompanied by breathtaking lightning storms, followed by blue skies. Temperatures range from 19°C at night to 33°C in the day. Summer also introduces higher water levels and guests can enjoy boating activities on the Save River.

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December brings the highest level of rainfall, usually in the form of afternoon showers. The rain is a welcomed relief from the warm daytime temperatures of around 33°C.  The heavy rains may prevent travel and activities in certain areas of the park.

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