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Zimbabwe’s best kept secret: a success story of conservation amongst impenetrable ironwood forests, weaving river courses and soaring sandstone cliffs.

In the Masvingo region of Zimbabwe lies a park of huge bio-geographic importance. Gonarezhou protects 5000 km² of remote and completely undeveloped wilderness that provides some of Zimbabwe’s most spectacular natural scenery.

A spectrum of emerald and mahogany, this peaceful setting is a frolicker’s dream come true. Doubling up as a frontier, Gonarezhou shares its borders with South Africa’s Kruger and Mozambique’s Limpopo. It is surrounded by safari hot spots, and somehow it has still skipped the tourist radar. An absolute jackpot.

A quick Google-search of Gonarezhou will show images of the Chilojo Cliffs. As much as a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case it is just not enough.  Running for over 13 km long and standing 200m high, these granophyric rock formations have been mysteriously formed over thousands of years of river erosion. Now overlooking the broad stretch of the Runde riverbed that formed them so, these magnificent sandstone ramparts have the best view in the house over beautiful spreads of mahogany, baobabs and acacia albida trees. This is a scene that even the wildest imagination could not create. Let alone Google.

As for the animals… Gonarezhou is not deemed the ‘place of the elephants’ for no reason. Glowing in the red hue of the sandstone cliffs and bordered by the Miombo woodland, the Tembwahata Pan is the best place to see game gather for a drink.

See some of the largest tuskers in Africa dominate a world that’s truly theirs and catch a glimpse of the intense stare of the shy nyala, so quick to elope, so puzzled by its encounter with the lesser spotted human.

Get involved with the plentiful NGOs and charities who keep this untouched wilderness this way. Established in 1991, the Savé Valley Conservancy achieved one of the largest successful translocation of elephant ever seen. Visit and support this ongoing conservation project, whereby 14 species have already been reintroduced into the wild here, including the black and white rhino.

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Best times to go to Gonarezhou

Short dry winter runs from June to July, where temperatures drop below 30˚C. From November to April run the hot summer months, with heavy rainfall and temperatures exceeding 40˚C. The remaining months are hot and dry.

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Stay in Chilo Gorge Tented Camp, alongside Africa’s most knowledgeable guides of the wilderness search on foot for the rhino and climb ginormous rock faces. An ardent birder will find the most satisfaction from a visit to the smaller Machaniwa Pan, where you will be joined by frequent visitors of saddle-billed storks and fish eagles in search for a catfish dinner.

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