Gorongosa National Park located in the Sofala province of Central Mozambique has to be one of the greatest national parks to be found within Mozambique. It lies at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley and covers over 4000 square kms.
The highlight of any birding trip to Gorongosa National Park must be the Urema River Floodplain where thousands of waterbirds congregate. In amongst herds of waterbuck, common reedbuck, Cape buffalo and oribi, Saddle-Billed Storks, Yellow-Billed Storks, African Openbills and Grey Crowned Cranes feed and roost. On the banks of the floodplains, large flocks of collared pratincoles gather between long-toed plovers, herons, egrets and great white and pink-backed pelicans. The grassland savannah also offers excellent birding with red-throated twinspot, green-backed woodpecker, speckle-throated woodpecker, raquet-tailed roller, collared palm-thrush and Dickinson’s kestrel being just a few of the highlights that may be viewed.
1 of 6. Entrance to the Gorongosa National Park
2 of 6. Collared Palm Thrush within Gorongosa tourism camp.
3 of 6. Oribi are plentiful on the open grasslands of the floodplain
4 of 6. Small tributary flowing into the lake and Urema floodplain
5 of 6. Male Purple-Banded Sunbird.
6 of 6. Great White Pelican in flight.