We are very excited to announce the planned opening of Kubatana Camp in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park on July 1, 2013.
Gorongosa National Park is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife-restoration story: a 20-year public/private partnership between the Government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Restoration Project, a US nonprofit organization. The 4,067 square kilometer Park is located at the southern end of the Great East African Rift Valley and supports an unparalleled level of species diversity. In the 1960s, Gorongosa supported some of the densest wildlife populations in all of Africa, including the big cats, herbivores and over 500 bird species. While Mozambique’s civil conflict took its toll on the wildlife in the following decades, the habitat remained intact. The ground breaking work and dedication of Gorongosa National Park and the Gorongosa Restoration Project have ensured that Gorongosa is today once again one of Africa’s most exciting wilderness experiences – with even brighter prospects for the future of the park.
By adopting a 21st century conservation model based on balancing the needs of wildlife and people, the Government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Restoration Project are protecting the Park’s rich biodiversity, while aiming to enable tourists to enjoy Gorongosa’s natural beauty. Today, the Park provides employment for many local people and health and education programs have been established in surrounding communities. Now, Kubatana Camp will provide an innovative eco-tourism destination while assisting in formulating and delivering an eco-tourism strategy which will not only contribute to the restoration of the Park but also benefit the local economy and further opportunities for local people.
Kubatana Camp sits on the banks of the Mussicadzi River and offers a wide range of activities including game-drives, boating safaris, walking safari, hiking Mount Gorongosa, cultural experiences and birding. The best time to visit is from June to the end of September when the weather is cooler and drier. These months are also known for offering better game viewing along the floodplains.