Wildlife & Animals – Gorongosa NP
Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.
Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.
Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.
Wildlife viewing in Gorongosa is quite good with four of the Big Five present. Elephant numbers have recovered well, but buffalo are still scarce. Waterbuck are particularly numerous on the floodplains, and other antelope species that can be seen include sable, impala, nyala, bushbuck, reedbuck and oribi. Warthog and baboons can usually be found together around the camp area.
An extensive research program is being done on the rehabilitation of lions in the park, once a stronghold for these powerful predators. Their numbers dwindled down dramatically during the civil war, but today’s estimate shows 50 to 70 individuals. They have become more relaxed and are regularly spotted on game drives. Look out for wild dogs as well as a pack of 14 dogs has recently been reintroduced.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The Dry season from May to October is the best time for wildlife viewing in Gorongosa. Wildlife is easier to spot at that time because vegetation is thinning out and animals tend to spend time around the rivers and other permanent water sources.