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Gorongosa National Park is currently the subject of an ambitious restoration project by the Carr Foundation to re-establish the parks facilities and concentrations of game. Chitengo Camp has been substantially rebuilt and there are ambitious plans for new camps and improved road access. Numbers of game animals are low, and currently the main attraction of the park is the spectacular concentrations of waterbirds on the Urema River Floodplain. A day is sufficient to take in the accessible part of the floodplain, but at least another is needed to explore the woodlands. More than 220 species have been recorded here and a day trip may net over 100.

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Specials

African Skimmer, Long-toed Lapwing, Greater Painted-snipe, Collared Pratincole (thousands), Grey Crowned Crane, Great White Pelican, Pink-backed Pelican, Black-and-white Flycatcher, Moustached Grass-Warbler, Collared Palm-Thrush, Palm-nut Vulture, Mascarene Martin, Lemon-breasted Canary.

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Habitats

Palm woodlands, miombo woodlands, marshland and lakes.

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Facilities

A network of roads, comfortable chalet accommodation, camping and restaurant.

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Birding

A map detailing the current road network is available at Chitengo camp. The best routes to take vary according to which areas are flooded at the time. Generally one should drive towards the floodplain, then park and walk when you are near the water.

Black-and-white Flycatcher, Collared Palm-Thrush, and Singing Cisticola occur in the camp.

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General

The turnoff to the reserve and Chitengo Camp is well signposted on the road from Inchope to Gorongosa. The camp is 32 km from the turnoff on a good dirt road. Most of the roads into the reserve are closed to vehicles during the peak of the rainy season, but the camp is still accessible.

Bird guide Simba Munyambo is based in Gorongosa NP and can be contacted on 00258 826090421 or .

Gorongasa National Park Website

Guy Gibbon 2008
Vincent Parker 2001



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