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At 400,000 ha, the Zinave National Park (ZNP) is located within the Inhambane Province bordering the majestic Save River claiming a high home capacity of various wildlife species. The scenic national park can be described as a predominantly Knobthorn (Acacia nigrescens) eco-region.
Rehabilitation programs to reinstate the park's wildlife species since the extermination of many during the civil war, has been a tedious but an ongoing project. Thankfully the restoration process of wildlife population has so far been largely successful.
2012 sparked the beginning of the park's restoration era. Mammoth efforts to translocate and reintroduce wildlife started with Phase 1 bringing in 102 animals (7 giraffe, 42 wildebeest and 53 Zebra). Three years later they signed an agreement with Peace Parks Foundation which links the National Park to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) reputed as "One of the world's greatest animal kingdoms". In 2016 Phase 2 began bringing in 317 animals including 7 elephants. A year later, another 783 animals and 2 elephants. 2018 saw the park expand their boundaries to 18,553 ha whilst introducing a further 630 animals and 101 elephant. The completion of rebuilding infrastructure was hailed in 2019 whilst plans of relocating 77 elephant, sabie and eland was put on the drawing board. And in 2021 saw the completion of Phase 2 of wildlife relocations including carnivores.
The beauty about this park is the ability for visitors to wild-camp pretty much anywhere, inside main designated areas and outside. But of course, camping is strongly urged to be enjoyed but with extreme responsibility.
The main designated areas rewards campers with an abundance of wildlife! When we say an abundance, we are talking elephants, antelope species and more! You are well and truly camping out in the wild! Read more about Zinave National Park
Zinave National Park offers visitors 200kms of pure self-drive African safari adventure through various eco regions, most of which can be explored without engaging 4x4 during the dry season but a 4x4 vehicle is required nevertheless to traverse the park (regardless of the season). Known for its large trees including baobabs, the latest recordings of tree species is now over 200 with more than 40 grass species to date.
Wildlife sightings include giraffe, elephant, buffalo, crocodile and hippo as well as impala, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, warthog, nyala, kudu, reedbuck and oribi. Bird enthusiasts are greeted with a prolific amount of species commonly spotted around the Save River and pans with the Zinave pan being a bird haven.
You can easily reach Zinave National Park via Mabote from EN1 turn-off at Mapinhane, head west for approximately 2 hours until you reach Mabote, then look out for signs directing you to the park which takes you on a 60km journey (4x4 only) and on a two track road (in fairly good condition) to the Tungo Tungo Gate entrance.
Today, the Zinave National Park is still working hard on getting the park completely back to its former glory and have done nothing but an absolutely astonishing job so far.
06:00 - 18:00 Between October and March
07:00 - 17:00 Between April and September
*No entry allowed after 16:00 without prior arrangements
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At 400,000 ha, the Zinave National Park (ZNP) is located within the Inhambane Province bordering the majestic Save River claiming a high home capacity of various wildlife species. The scenic national park can be described as a predominantly Knobthorn (Acacia nigrescens) eco-region.Read More
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Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.
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These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.
Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.
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Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".
Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.
This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.
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