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Gorongosa National Park


Gorongosa National Park is a 4,000 square kilometer park located in Mozambique in Africa. It is one of the most bio diverse places on earth as it has some of the world’s most dramatic geological features. It is also home to some very rare and unique fauna and flora. Originally it was established as a hunting reserve in 1920.

It became a national park in July 1960 under Portuguese colonial rule. Initially it covered an area of 1,000 square kilometers but in 1935 it was expanded to 3,200 square kilometers to protect the black Rhino and Nyala (Antelope).


Quick Facts: –

  • The term Gorongosa has been derived from the Mwani language and it means ‘place of danger’.
  • Gorongosa National Park was once one of Africa’s most sophisticated safari destinations.
  • Between 2004 and 2007 a 60 square kilometer sanctuary was established in the national park by the Carr Foundation and the Government of Mozambique.
  • Approximately 76% of this park is considered to be savannah and about 14% is woodland.
  • Around 20% of the savannah or grassland is flooded for the majority of the year.
  • On an average, approximately 6,000 people visit Gorongosa National Park every year.
  • The green-headed oriole is a type of bird that can be found nowhere else on the planet except for this park.
  • Between 1977 and 1992 the number of animals in the park decreased by 95% but now it is steadily recovering.



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