Gorongosa National Park is at the most southern tip of the African Great Rift Valley in the heart of central Mozambique. The 4,000 square km park includes the valley floor and parts of the surrounding plateaus. Rivers originating on nearby 1860m high Mount Gorongosa gush down into the parks plains. Seasonal flooding and water logging of the valley, which is composed of a mosaic of different soil types, creates a variety of distinct ecosystems. Grasslands are dotted with patches of Acacia and savannah, dry forest on sands and seasonally rain-filled pans and termite hill thickets. The park contains Palm, Fever, Miombo, Lowland and Rain Forest. This combination of unique features at one time supported some of the densest wildlife populations in all of Africa, including charismatic carnivores, herbivores and over 500 bird species. But large mammal numbers were reduced by as much as 95% and ecosystems stressed during Mozambique's long civil conflict. The Gorongosa Restoration Project has teamed with the Government of Mozambique to protect and restore the ecosystem of Gorongosa National Park and to develop an ecotourism industry to benefit local communities. The park is regenerating and is getting better every year.
Tofo is a small town situated in Inhambane district in Mozambique. The town lies on the Indian Ocean coast, on the Ponto do Barra peninsula 22 km drive from Inhambane city. A major Mozambican tourist destination. Tofo is home to beach villas and diving retreats, with tourists drawn in by the long Indian Ocean beach front and nearby reefs which attract marine mega fauna including the Giant Manta Rays, Humpback Whales and Sea Turtles. Tofo has one of the highest populations of juvenile Whale Sharks in the world and is one of the best destinations to free dive with them. It�s a beautiful small town with a great Vibe.
The Bazaruto National Park was inaugurated in 1971, an archipelago of five islands Bazaruto, Bengueera, Margaruque, Bangue and Santa Carolina. The park was created to protect Dugong and Marine mega fauna. The islands flora and fauna, coral reefs and marine birds were also included in the park. The islands have a lush tropical climate and include huge dunes, dense coastal forest and fresh water lakes and wetlands. They host several endemic terrestrial gastropods and lizards. They also host important aggregations of migrant water birds. The rich variety of marine mega fauna includes Humpback whales, Whale Sharks, Giant Manta Rays, Dugongs, Moray Eels, Turtles, Spinner, Humpback and Common Dolphins. BANP gives protection to the largest and only remaining viable population of Dugongs in the Western Indian Ocean. The coral reefs are varied and said to be the least disturbed in this part of the Indian Ocean.
Gonarezhou lies in the southeastern corner of Zimbabwe bordering Mozambique. Around 5000km2, it is possibly one of the wildest and least visited parks in Southern Africa. Criss-crossed by three major rivers, the Save, Mwenezi and Runde, the park is dotted with pools and shallow falls around which vegetation thrives. These areas attract a rich diversity of bird and animal life. Auspiciously named "place of elephants" in Shona, the park is true to the word in this respect. Furthermore it offers a pretty impressive outlook of craggy cliffs, broad sandy river beds and baobab trees. The Park forms part of the Trans-frontier "peace park" system that links multiple parks across southern Africa aimed at preserving biodiversity, keeping migratory routes open, and promoting economic stability amongst adjacent communities. Flora and Fauna include the big 5, Crocodiles, Sabi Stars and huge Baobab trees.
The Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), a massive Pan-African Park that includes South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, Mozambique's Limpopo, Zinave and Banhine National Parks and Zimbabwe�s Gonarezhou National Park. This huge park covers a wilderness area of about 35000 square km and is set to become one of the finest "peace parks" in the world and is dedicated to conservation, biodiversity and the economic development of the surrounding local communities. The vast and diverse nature of the mega-park will provide world-class eco-tourism to the visitor and strive to re-establish historical animal migration routes and fragile regional ecosystems.
The combined Park will include more than 500 species of birds, 147 species of mammals, at least 116 species of reptiles, 34 species of frogs and 49 species of fish.
Flora and Fauna Include the BIG FIVE, Cheetah (including the rare King Cheetah), Giraffe, Sable, Zebra and many species of large antelope are also present within the Park. The rare Nyala and smaller Suni are two highlights of the Park's smaller antelopes. In addition, hundreds of species of birds may be spotted in the Park. Unique species of aquatic wildlife such as the Zambezi Shark, Freshwater Goby, Black Bream and the unique turquoise killifish can be seen within the Park's rivers and pools.