Gonarezhou National Park is a Zimbabwean National Park situated in the south eastern lowveld spanning more than 5, 000 sq kilometres. In the local dialect “Gonarezhou” means the ‘Place of many Elephants’. The park features beautiful landscapes with open pans of tall grass, baobabs, dense scrublands, and cliffs, in particularly the Chilojo Cliffs which are conspicuously prominent in the Gonarezhou National Park.
Gonarezhou is the second largest national park in Zimbabwe after Hwange. It shares the border with Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park. Together the three game reserves are known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park; no fence exists and hence wild animals can roam freely. The park is watered by three rivers that wind through the hot and semi arid lowveld. Namely the rivers are Save, Runde and Mwenezi River respectively. The rivers are the lifeblood of the park especially during the dry spells, supporting hundreds of wildlife, birds, and reptiles including fish.
While on safari in Zimbabwe Gonarezhou national park one will see animals such as; large herds of elephants, pride of lions, leopards, cheetahs (including the rare king cheetah), buffalo, giraffe, zebra the rare nyala and smaller suni. In addition to the animals, birds are in impressive numbers and bird watching in the park is never disappointing. Fish species are also abundant in the rivers that cut through the park. Unique species of aquatic wildlife such as the Zambezi Shark, Freshwater Goby, Black Bream and the unique turquoise killifish are some of the fish species.