In the south-east of Zimbabwe along the Mozambique border is the Gonarezhou National Park, the second largest in the country after Hwange National Park. The park forms a part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. The animals move freely between the three parks.
The most prominent natural feature you'll find on a Gonarezhou National Park safari is the magnificent red sandstone Chilojo Cliffs, which can be seen from 50km away and which feature rock art dating back nearly 2000 years. It is also known for its magnificent baobab trees. The rivers Mwenezi, Save and Runde wind through Gonarezhou's hot, semi-arid lowland and support the rare suni antelope and striped king cheetah. Aptly named 'place of elephants' the park is also home to some of the biggest elephants in the country. That said game densities in the park are not high due to extremely dry conditions combined with a history of poaching
In contrast its neighbour, Malilangwe Private Wildlife Reserve, which is north of Gonarezhou, is teeming with birds and wildlife including rare and endangered species such as the Roan and sable antelope and the black rhino. Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is often referred to as 'Africa's best kept secret'. This Big Five park is 130 000 acres of pure unfenced wilderness, a spectacularly diverse and beautiful piece of Africa. Thankfully scouts patrolling the area day and night keep the poachers at bay ensuring that Malilangwe is one of the few remaining places in Africa where black and white rhino are still plentiful.
In addition to over 400 species of birds and the highest concentration of raptors in the world, Malilangwe hosts an extensive collection of Africa's big game including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, wild dog, zebra, cheetah, cheetah, hippo and many more. The combination of small antelope that are present together in this reserve has not been recorded anywhere else in Africa. These are generally known as the small six and include: klipspringer, Sharpe's grysbok, grey duiker, steenbok, Livingstone's suni and oribi. The Reserve is also home to nearly 100 rock sites that date back more than 2000 years.
Malilangwe Private Wildlife Reserve is a non-profit making reserve relying on donations of concerned conservationists from around the world. The revenues collected from tourism as well are channelled back into the Reserve to further the conservation, research and ecotourism efforts and to provide a source of livelihood and development for the surrounding communities.
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