Gonarezhou National Park is a national park located in south-eastern Zimbabwe. It is situated in a relatively remote corner of Masvingo Province, south of Chimanimani along the Mozambique border. Owing to its vast size, rugged terrain and its location away from main tourist routes, large tracts of Gonarezhou remain as pristine wilderness.
At 5,053 km2 Gonarezhou is the country’s second largest game reserve after Hwange National Park. Gonarezhou is a Shona name meaning “elephant’s tusk.” It forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Gonarezhou with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Animals can move freely between the three sanctuaries.
This park has such a varied landscape and while travelling around it you suddenly come across a mopane woodland, then it looks like the dry sandscape of parts of Hwange, then suddenly you are driving down to a river bed and you could be in Mana Pools. The changes are breath taking and add to the charm of this mostly undiscovered park.
The Chilojo Cliffs provide a stunning backdrop to the dry and dusty river bed and many a enjoyable picnic has been had at its base. Birding species here include the Green Malkoha, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Brown-headed Parrot, Collared Palm Thrush and Eastern Nicator.