Wildlife & Animals – Gonarezhou NP

As part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (which spans over three countries), all large safari animals are theoretically present, including the Big Five. However, there are probably no rhino left in the area. Animals tend to be skittish, lowbut densities are increasing rapidly. The park has a healthy population of elephant, and buffalo herds up to 150 heads can be encountered. All big cats are accounted for but are very shy. The park has a wide variety of antelopes.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeOccasional
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
WildebeestOccasional
White RhinoVery Rare
Black RhinoVery Rare
LionRare
HyenaOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Gonarezhou is a great park to see some of the more unusual antelope species, including the shy nyala antelope and the tiny suni. The magnificent roan and sable antelope can also be seen. The park is home to 108 reptile species, including two endemics. The incredibly rare king cheetah is believed to occur in the park although it isn’t clear when they were last spotted.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season (from June to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around predictable water sources. Roads might become difficult to navigate in the Wet Season (November to March).

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