Gorongosa National Park is on its way to becoming one of the best African parks with your help. Every visitor who chooses Gorongosa as the destination for their Mozambique safari is directly supporting our important conservation work and providing jobs to local Mozambicans. Revenue from tourism is the key to making Gorongosa a self-sustaining African park long into the future. Become a part of our conservation story and plan your visit to Gorongosa today!  The Park is closed from mid-December until the 13th of April. After reopening, some of the game drive roads may remain closed until they are safe to drive on.

Where to Stay :
Girassol Premium Villa:
The exclusive premium villa in Chitengo is a one-of-a-kind suite for a family or group that it looking for a luxurious stay on their African safari. The premium villa includes two private bedrooms, a large rustic dining table, and lounge. The furnished, shaded patio offers a secluded spot to enjoy your morning coffee surrounded by birdsong and lively vervet monkeys. And your private outdoor hot tub is the perfect place to unwind after a long hike or safari.
The bedrooms are furnished with king-sized beds that can be converted to two twin-sized beds, making these villas great for families and groups of four.  All of the doors and windows are equipped with screens to keep out mosquitos and the beds come with mosquito netting, so you don’t have to bring your own. Air conditioning, hair dryers, lock-up safe, bathroom amenities, LCD TV, and a kettle with coffee and tea making supplies are provided for your comfort. These rooms also have Wi-Fi access for travellers who like to stay connected. Your room rate includes a complimentary breakfast at Chikalango restaurant each morning.
Rates:
Two rooms (sleeps 4): 15,000 MT ($508 USD//€375 Euros)
*The Dollar and Euro prices are indicative and may be subject to change due to exchange variations without prior notice.

Girassol Standard Villas:
Spread out and relax in one of Gorongosa’s two villas that include two private bedrooms, a full kitchen (with a fridge, stove, sink, and kitchenware), dining area and lounge. This home-away-from-home offers all of the comfort and amenities you could want during your stay in Gorongosa.

The bedrooms are furnished with king-sized beds that can be converted to two twin-sized beds, making these villas great for families and groups of four.  All of the doors and windows are equipped with screens to keep out mosquitos and the beds come with mosquito netting, so you don’t have to bring your own. Air conditioning, hair dryers, lock-up safe, bathroom amenities, full kitchen and a kettle with coffee and tea making supplies are provided for your comfort.
The couches on the comfortable, shaded patio of the villa is the perfect place to see the jungle awake on a cool Chitengo morning. Then, start your day off with a complimentary breakfast at Chikalango restaurant each morning.

Rates:
Two rooms (sleeps 4): 11,000 MT ($367 USD/€275 Euros)
*The Dollar and euro prices are indicative and may be subject to change due to exchange variations without prior notice.

Girassol Premium Bungalows:
The premium bungalows are the pinnacle of comfort and luxury. Each spacious bungalow is elegantly decorated with a cool and fresh look, dusted with an African touch. These bungalows provide a step up in comfort and luxury as the space opens to a comfortable lounging area.

The rooms are furnished with a king-sized bed – perfect for honeymooners – or 2 twin sized beds. There is ample space for an extra bed at your request, making these rooms great for families and groups. All of the doors and windows are equipped with screens to keep out mosquitos and the beds come with mosquito netting, so you don’t have to bring your own. Air conditioning, hair dryers, mini fridge, lock-up safe, bathroom amenities, and a kettle with coffee and tea making supplies are provided for your comfort. These rooms also have WiFi access for travellers who  like to stay connected.
The premium bungalows are right in the heart of Chitengo with sunny verandas great for relaxing and listening to the birds sing. Start your day off with a complimentary breakfast at Chikalango restaurant each morning. After your morning safari, you’re just steps away from  the swimming pool where you can spend the afternoon lounging on a chair in the sun or under the shade of an umbrella. If you’re here to live it up, these bungalows are for you!

Rates:

  • Single Occupancy: 5,300 MT ($176 USD/€132 Euros)
  • Double Occupancy: 6,300 MT ($209 USD/€157 Euros)
  • *The Dollar and Euro prices are indicative and may be subject to change due to exchange variations without prior notice.

 

Girassol Standard Bungalows:
If solitude is what you seek, these rooms are for you – nestled under the trees in a quiet area of camp, you can sit on your enclosed porch to watch baboons play, warthogs dig, and birds flutter from tree to tree. As the sun begins to set and camp goes quiet, sit perfectly still and you can watch nonchalant civets and antelopes looking for an evening meal. The bungalows offer a private experience as each unit is generously spaced apart from the next.
After a long hike to Mount Gorongosa, nothing feels as nice as a hot shower and a nap on a soft bed. Your room still feels like Africa with high thatched ceilings allowing the breeze to circulate. Start your day off with a complimentary breakfast at Chikalango restaurant each morning.
Tell us if you would like the beds to be arranged as two separate twin-sized beds or one king-sized bed for a couple. All of the doors and windows are equipped with screens to keep out mosquitos and the beds come with mosquito netting, so you don’t have to bring your own. Air conditioning, hair dryers, mini fridge, lock-up safe, bathroom amenities, and a kettle with coffee and tea making supplies are provided for your comfort. Two of the standard bungalows have inter-connecting rooms, which are great for families or a group of close friends.

Rates:

  • Single Occupancy: 4,125 MT ($138 USD/€103 Euros)
  • Double Occupancy: 5,125 MT ($171 USD/€128 Euros)
  • *The US dollar and euro prices are indicative and may be subject to change due to exchange variations without prior notice.

 

Girassol Campsite:
Great for backpackers, overlanders, and anyone who just loves to sleep under the stars. The campsite is in a shady, natural grove of trees set away from the main lodge and restaurant to give campers a feeling of being away from it all,  but in fact, it’s only a short stroll away from everything you’ll need. You’ll often see warthogs and friendly monkeys near the campground–confirming that you are indeed immersed in nature.
The campsite can comfortably accommodate up to 40 people with ample space for parking. If you don’t have your own tent, you can stay in one of two permanent double tents furnished with two twin beds with fresh linens that can be converted to a king-sized bed. The shared bathrooms are well kept and offer steaming hot showers. Electrical outlets and a covered area for washing dishes and laundry makes your camping experience hassle-free.
Designated fire areas are available for cooking and wood is provided; however you would need to bring your own grill. Currently, the nearest shop is in the town of Vila Gorongosa a 1.5 hr drive from Chitengo – so we recommended that you buy supplies en-route and before you arrive.

Rates:

  • Camping & Caravans (per person/per day): 350 MT ($12 USD /€9 Euros)
  • Equipped Tents
  • Single Occupancy: 1,480 MT ($50 USD / €37 Euros)
  • Double Occupancy: 2,100 MT ($70 USD / €53 Euros)
  • *The Dollar and Euro prices are indicative and may be subject to changes due to exchange variations without prior notice.

 

Food:
We know that an important part of every vacation is good food. That’s why our chefs at Chikalango Restaurant & Bar are proud to serve you delicious authentic Mozambican and international cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. We’re proud to feature locally grown, organic vegetables in our restaurant that we purchase to support communities around the Park. Our menu has a range of a la carte options including fresh salads, hot appetizers, mouth-watering main courses, and even something to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Hot breakfast made to order is included in the price of all accommodations (except camping), or you can sample from our breakfast buffet if you have to dash off for a morning game drive. Breakfast options include your choice of eggs, meats, freshly baked breads, cereal, fresh seasonal fruit, and juice. Try a delicious coffee, tea, espresso, or cappuccino to keep you alert on those early morning safaris.
Lunch is a time for relaxation in Gorongosa. The animals are all napping and it’s a great time to grab a bite to eat followed by a lounge by the pool. Choose from a variety of entrees, sandwiches, chips, fresh salads, or soups.
Some typical dinner offerings include fresh Mozambican tiger prawns – if you haven’t tasted these yet, you’re in for a treat! If you’re not a seafood lover, you can try our local chicken, or choose a fine cut of steak accompanied by a selection of local beer, imported wine, or spirits. Vegetarians have plenty of options including vegetarian stews, and matapa – a Mozambican specialty. During our busiest periods we offer a dinner buffet giving you a chance to try it all!

Chikalango Restaurant serves food from 6:00h – 22:00h
Our two swimming pools are a great place for the kids to have fun while their parents relax on the comfortable lounge chairs.
Take a break and relax at the Girassol Spa in the hands of qualified professionals. You will find a harmonious balance between body and mind to achieve a perfect state of well-being. Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari professionals have been hand-picked for quality and dedication and are always ready to design personalized treatment courses tailored to your needs.
After a long day on safari in Gorongosa, you may be tired but your kids may not be! The playground in Chitengo offers young children hours of fun playing on the slide, swings, and their own African animals.
Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari offers 3 professional meeting rooms for business conferences. Each meeting room comes equipped with a projector, screen, flip chart, and sound system. The entire camp has wireless Internet service and cell phone coverage.
Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari has good cell phone and wireless Internet coverage. If you have a cell phone with a replaceable SIM card, you can purchase a SIM card and recharge minutes at our reception desk. It is recommended that you use a Mozambican SIM card instead of your own carrier and that you turn off data roaming on your smartphone to ensure that your cell phone company doesn’t charge you.
Our staff will wash, dry, and fold your laundry at your request. (Note: there is an additional fee for laundry service).
Irassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari is fully powered with electricity 24-hours/day and all guest rooms have power outlets.

Plug Adapters:
In Mozambique you will need a 2-pronged European plug adapter (Type C or Type F)

Park Fees :
Daily Conservation Fee
The daily conservation fee that visitors pay is used to employ game scouts and support conservation programs that help protect the park’s wildlife, resources, and its visitors.     INTERNATIONAL

  • VISITORS   Senior (60 or older)     NATIONAL*  Free                   SADC**  250 MT ($10)     INTERNATIONAL  500 MT ($20)
  • VISITORS   Adults (18 – 59 yrs)     NATIONAL*  100 MT ($4)    SADC**  250 MT ($10)     INTERNATIONAL  500 MT ($20)
  • VISITORS   Children (10-17 yrs)     NATIONAL*  50 MT ($2)    SADC**   125 MT ($5)     INTERNATIONAL  250 MT ($10)
  • VISITORS   Children (less than 10 yrs)     NATIONAL*  Free     SADC**  Free     Free
  • * Nationals are citizens of Mozambique.

**SADC Residents are residents of the following countries with a valid ID: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Transfers:

  • FROM – RATE (per person/per journey)
  • Beira  –  2,640 MT ($88)
  • Chimoio  – 2,200 MT ($74)
  • Inchope  – 1,100 MT ($37)
  • EN1 Turnoff  – 440 MT ($15)
  • Park Entrance Gate  – 440 MT ($15)

 

General Conditions:

  • The transfer rates may vary depending on the petrol
  • The dollar prices may be subject to change due to exchange variations
  • Minimum of 2 people for all transfers
  • Air transfers subject to consult

Activities:

  • Activity     Rate – MT ($USD/€Euros)
  • Guided Game Drives     980 ($33/€25) per person*
  • Self Game Drive (multiple entries)     1,200 ($45) per vehicle/per day
  • Trip to Vinho Community     400 ($14/€10) per person
  • Guided Hike to Waterfall     2,100 ($70/€55) per person
  • Bué Maria Sundowner     600 ($20/€16) per person
  • *Ask about special rates for children (10-17 years old)

 

HOW TO GET THERE :
Fly via Johannesburg:
Most tourists who are flying internationally have to fly through Johannesburg. From Johannesburg, you can fly to Beira on South African Airlink or Mozambique Airlines (LAM), which is a 3-hour drive from Gorongosa.
LAM flies from terminal A and South African Airlink flies from terminal B. Your will take a short flight from Johannesburg to Beira.
It is a 3-hour (200 km) drive from Beira to Chitengo, the main camp inside Gorongosa National Park. Request a transfer in advance and our park staff will be happy to meet you at the airport and drive you to the park in an air-conditioned shuttle van. Contact us to request a transfer. Keep in mind, the park closes at 6pm, so we can’t pick up travellers after 3pm in Beira.

Fly via Maputo:
There are direct flights to Maputo from Lisbon and many African cities several times per week. From Maputo, you can fly to Beira on Mozambique Airlines (LAM), which is a 3-hour drive from Gorongosa. Or, you can fly to Chimoio on Mozambique Airlines (LAM), which is a 2-hour drive from Gorongosa.
From Maputo, you may either fly to Beira (3hr drive to Gorongosa) or Chimoio (2hr drive). Flights depart daily to each of these cities.
Your next leg is a short flight from Maputo to either Beira or Chimoio. It is a 3-hour (200 km) drive from Beira and a 2-hour drive from Chimoio to Chitengo, the main camp inside Gorongosa National Park. Request a transfer in advance and our park staff will be happy to meet you at the airport and drive you to the park in an air-conditioned shuttle van. Keep in mind, the park closes at 6pm, so we can’t pick up travellers after 3pm in Beira or 4pm in Chimoio.

Charter Flights :
If you choose to book a chartered plane, there is a licensed airstrip at Chitengo. There are regular charter flights between Chitengo and nearby cities by Solenta Aviation Mozambique (SAM) or you may choose to book a different charter plane to fly you to Chitengo. The airstrip is closed from December to April due to the rains. Planes may only land in daylight.
Solenta Aviation Mozambique (SAM):
SAM is a charter plane company that services southern and central Mozambique. They have regularly scheduled flights between Chitengo and Beira as well as Chitengo and Vilanculos. Please contact them directly to book your charter flight:

  • Email: Reservations@cfa.co.za
  • South Africa
  • Johannesburg Office: +27 11 312 0196
  • After Hours Customer Support: +27 11 312 0369
  • Mozambique
  • Maputo Office: +258 21 466 881
  • Vilanculos Office: +258 29 382 055
  • Pemba Office: +258 27 220 553
  • After Hours Customer Support: +258 84 390 1603

By Road
From South Africa:
There are four border crossings between South Africa and Mozambique. The main border crossing is the Lebombo border (known as Ressano Garcia on the Mozambique side), on the N4 (SA) / EN4 (Mozambique) that links Johannesburg and Maputo.
Lebombo Border to Maputo: From the main border crossing of Lebombo,drive 80 km on the EN4 – a high-quality tar road – to Maputo. You will cross two toll plazas between the border and Maputo. In Maputo, take the EN2 toward the EN1. There are plenty of gas stations and restaurants in Maputo if you need to refuel.
Maputo to XaiXai: In Maputo, take the EN1 north and drive 220 km to XaiXai. In the town of XaiXai you’ll find several gas stations, restaurants, banks and a central market. If you’re looking to stop over for a night, the lovely XaiXai beach is only 12 km from town.
XaiXai to Maxixe: Continue on EN1 north anddrive 255km to Maxixe. Maxixe is a bustling town with plenty of  small shops, restaurants, and outdoor markets. You can also find banks and gas stations here. If you’re looking to stop at the popular beach destination of Praia do Tofo, you will need to turn off the EN1 approximately 25 kilometers before Maxixe onto EN101 (Av. de Maguiguana) and continue 50 km toward Inhambane. In Inhambane, follow signs for Tofo Beach and the road will turn from tar to dirt/sand as you approach Tofo. Here you can enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving with whale sharks and other tropical marine life.
Maxixe to Vilanculos: Continue on EN1 north and drive 244km to Vilanculos. If you would like to check out one of the most popular beach resorts in Mozambique, just turn off the EN1 when you see a prominent sign for Vilanculos. The beach is only 18km off the highway. Here you can stay in a variety of accommodations – from high-end beachfrontresorts to rustic backpacker hostels. You can do beach activities on the mainland or do day and overnight trips to the Bazaruto Archipelago.  This is a good place to stock up on fuel and other amenities as there may not be any reliable gas stations between here and Inchope. If you will be self-catering, this is the best place to do major grocery shopping, as there are only local markets near Gorongosa.
Vilanculos to Inchope: Drive back to the EN1 and head north for 403km toward Inchope. The first major landmark you will cross is a large bridge over the Save River. The tar road to Inchope is not well maintained in some areas and you have to be very careful to drive slowly and avoid potholes. You will pass through the small town of Muxungue where vendors sell the fruit and vegetables that are in season. You will arrive at the town of Inchope where Mozambique’s major highways, the EN1 and the EN6, intersect. There are many fuel stations throughout central Mozambique, except for the road from Vilankulos to Inchope. The distance is approximately 400km with limited fuel stations.
Inchope to Gorongosa National Park: Go straight through the intersection, continuing on the EN1 for 42km. About a kilometer down the road on the left side, there is a BP gas station where you can refuel. Be sure to fill your tank as there is no fuel for sale inside Gorongosa National Park. As you continue on the EN1, you will cross a bridgeover the Pungue River – the views are fantastic! Continue on until you see a large sign for Gorongosa National Park – turn right onto the dirt road. Continue on the graded dirt road for 11 km until you reach the park entrance gate.
From Zimbabwe :
The most commonly travelled border crossing between Zimbabwe and Mozambique is the Machipanda border crossing just east of Mutare on the A3 (Zimbabwe side) / EN6 (Mozambique side). At the border crossing, expect to show your passport, car registration papers, and pay a border crossing fee. Your vehicle may be inspected at the request of the border guards. You may be required to purchase temporary car insurance to cover your car while driving in Mozambique.
Machipanda Border to Chimoio: From the Machipanda order crossing, drive 85 km on the EN6 – a high-quality tar road – to Chimoio. Chimoio is the closest large town to Gorongosa and is a good place to stock up on supplies if you are self-catering in Gorongosa. As you exit Chimoio on the EN6, there is a ShopRite grocery store where you can get all the supplies you may need. There is also a gas station conveniently located next to the ShopRite.
Chimoio to Inchope: Continue on the EN6 for 68km until you reach the town of Inchope where Mozambique’s major highways, the EN1 and the EN6, intersect. Turn Left on the EN1 toward Gorongosa National Park.
Inchope to Gorongosa National Park: Continue on the EN1 for 42km. About a kilometer down the road on the left side, there is a BP gas station where you can refuel if you didn’t fill up in Chimoio. Be sure to fill up extra fuel canisters as there is no fuel for sale inside Gorongosa National Park. As you continue on the EN1, you will cross a bridge over the Pungue River – the views are antastic! Continue on until you see a large sign for Gorongosa National Park – turn rightonto the dirt road. Continue on the graded dirt road for 11 km until you reach the park entrance gate.
From Malawi :
The most commonly travelled border crossing between Malawi and Mozambique is the Zóbuè border crossing on the S136 (Malawi side) / 103 (Mozambique side).
Zóbuè Border to Tete: From the border, drive south on the 103 for 95 km until you reach the town of Tete. The bustling city of Tete is the last major stop before a 5-6 hour journey to Chimoio. There are plenty of gas stations, restaurants, and markets to choose from.
Tete to Chimoio: Continue on the 103 for 381km until you reach the town of Chimoio. Chimoio is the closest large town to Gorongosa and is a good place to stock up on supplies if you are self-catering in Gorongosa. As you exit Chimoio on the EN6, there is a ShopRite grocery store where you can get all the supplies you may need. There is also a gas station conveniently located next to the ShopRite.
Chimoio to Inchope: Continue on the EN6 for 68km until you reach the town of Inchope where Mozambique’s major highways, the EN1 and the EN6, intersect. Turn left on the EN1 toward Gorongosa National Park.
Inchope to Gorongosa National Park: Continue on the EN1 for 2km. About a kilometer down the road on the left side, there is a BP gas station where you can refuel if you didn’t fill up in Chimoio. Be sure to fill your tank as there is no fuel for sale inside Gorongosa National Park. As you continue on the EN1, you will cross a bridge over the Pungue River – the views are fantastic! Continue on until you see a large sign for Gorongosa National Park – turn right onto the dirt road. Continue on the graded dirt road for 11km until you reach the park entrance gate.

By Bus:
From Maputo :
The two options for taking a coach bus from Maputo are:

  • Intercape Coach
  • TCO Coach
  • Phone (Maputo): +258 21 300634
  • Phone (Beira): +258 23 354822 / +258 82 3048163
  • Email: tcobeira (at) tdm.co.mz

From Inchope, you can take a local bus (“chapa”) toward Vila Gorongosa and ask the driver to let you off at the turnoff to the park.  You will need to contact us in advance to arrange for the park shuttle to pick you up at the turnoff into the park.
For an additional cost, you can arrange for the park shuttle will pick you up in Inchope when your bus arrives. You will have to contact us in advance to arrange this transfer. From there, it is a 1.5 hour drive from Inchope to Chitengo camp inside Gorongosa National Park.
If the bus arrives in Inchope later than 4:30pm, you will need to overnight in Inchope because the park entrance gate closes at 6pm. One of the few options to overnight near Inchope is Complexo Arco-Íris, located 7 km north of Inchope on the EN1 (Phone: +258 82 5565200 / +258 84 2354070).
When you arrive in the park, make your way to the reception desk at Girassol Gorongosa Lodge and Safari where you will pay your park entrance fees and get information on the park.

From Beira or Chimoio:
The entire trip from Chimoio or Beira to Chitengo by bus usually takes about half a day, but we suggest leaving extra time for unexpected delays.  We recommend traveling during the day, for safety reasons and because the Park gate closes at 6pm.
From Beira, you can either take a coach bus or a local bus (“chapa”). TCO coach bus runs daily from Beira to Vila Gorongosa, which passes right by the turnoff to the park:
TCO Coach

  • Phone (Maputo): +258 21 300634
  • Phone (Beira): +258 23 354822 / +258 82 3048163
  • Email: tcobeira@tdm.co.mz

On your way to Vila Gorongosa by coach bus, ask the driver to let you off at the EN1 turn-off to the park. You will need to contact us in advance to arrange for the park shuttle van to pick you up at the turnoff into the park. You must arrive by 5pm because the park gate closes at 6pm.
Local buses “chapas” leave Beira and Chimoio hourly for Inchope, but they do not come all the way to the Park. You will need to get off at Inchope and take another the bus toward Vila Gorongosa. Ask the driver to let you off at the EN1 turn-off to the park. You will need to contact us in advance to arrange for the park shuttle van to pick you up at the turnoff into the park.
If the bus arrives in Inchope later than 4:30pm, you will need to overnight in Inchope because the park entrance gate closes at 6pm. One of the few options to overnight near Inchope is Complexo Arco-Íris, located 7 km north of Inchope on the EN1 (Phone: +258 82 5565200 / +258 84 2354070).
When you arrive in the park, make your way to the reception desk at Girassol Gorongosa Lodge and Safari where you will pay your park entrance fees and get information on the park.

When travelling in and out of the Park, you must ensure that the Park entrance gate is open. Here are the gate hours:

Months                             Opening    Closing

April-June                       6:00am      6:00pm
August-September        5:30am       6:00pm
October – December     5:00am       6:30pm

Gorongoza:  Source : http://www.gorongosa.org