Overview – Zinave NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

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.

Zinave, as with most other parks in Mozambique, suffered greatly during the civil war and wildlife numbers are very low. There is no tourist infrastructure but this might change in the future. Peace Parks Foundation has started to develop Zinave as an integral component of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. A large translocation effort will see over 6,000 animals brought in by 2020. For the time being, all animals are being, released in a fenced-off sanctuary within the park.

 
Best Time to Go June to October (Road conditions are better)
High Season Never (Little-visited park)
Size 4,080km² / 2,703mi²
Altitude 50-194m / 164-636ft

Pros & Cons

  • Off-the-beaten-track destination
  • A chance to support an exciting conservation plan
  • There is little wildlife
  • Poaching is an ongoing problem
  • There is no accommodation or formal campsites
  • Remote and undeveloped

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Wildlife

Although numbers are low, some wildlife did survive the long period of neglect and poaching. There are thought to be viable populations of greater kudu, sable antelope and impala. There might also be leopards and even lions. Hippos and crocodiles are resident in the Save river. Following the introduction of seven elephants from South Africa, more wildlife was brought in from Gorongosa National Park in late 2016: about 200 waterbuck, 50 warthog and 50 reedbuck.

Scenery

The Save river is the focal point in the park. The park headquarters is located on a scenic spot by the river. Adventurous travelers can ask to put up a tent at the same location as there are no tourist facilities at present. Zinave is mainly covered in woodland and it boasts some massive trees.

Weather & Climate

The weather and climate of Zinave is comparable to that of Mozambique in general. More info:

Best Time to Visit

Zinave is best visited in the dry winter months from June to October. The roads might be difficult to navigate in the wet summer months.

Getting There

The park is located northeast of Limpopo National Park. The distance from the Vilanculos-Bazaruto Archipelago, one of Mozambique’s main tourism areas, is about 200km/125mi.

Access to the park is by 4x4 only. Even in a 4x4 it is not advised to go in the rainy season, from November to May, as the roads might deteriorate badly.

Health & Safety

Please read our vaccinations and malaria page for Mozambique, and our general wildlife viewing safety precautions page for more info:

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