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Gorongosa Adventure

August 12 - August 21

Five people in safari gear walk through tall grass

Join MOI for the adventure of a lifetime at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique

up to 23 guests   |   dates subject to change


What’s included

  • air travel between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
  • hotel accommodations for one night in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as dinner and breakfast in the hotel
  • seven days of accommodations, meals, safaris, excursions, and activities in Gorongosa National Park


What’s not included

  • travel between the US and Johannesburg, South Africa
  • optional items such as additional activities, alcohol, and gratuity for guides and others


About Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa National Park is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story, thanks to a partnership between the Government of Mozambique and the Carr Foundation, an Idaho Falls-based nonprofit started by MOI founder Greg Carr. The Gorongosa Restoration Project has rehabilitated the wildlife — lions, elephants, hippos, zebras, and more — following devastating war in Mozambique between 1964 and 1992. By adopting a 21st-century conservation model of balancing the needs of wildlife and people, the team is protecting and saving this beautiful wilderness, returning it to its rightful place as one of Africa’s greatest parks. Gorongosa regularly receives high acclaim from international press, including National Geographic, who in 2019 named it one of the world’s best places to visit. View the Gorongosa website.


Sample itinerary (dates and details subject to change)

Saturday, August 12

  • Depart from USA by this date (though you may choose to depart earlier to enjoy more time along the way)

Sunday, August 13

  • Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Travel to Southern Sun Hotel (at O.R. Tambo International Airport) via free airport shuttle
  • Meet up with the group, including MOI Executive Director Jeff Carr and Gorongosa National Park (GNP) staffers
  • Enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant and sleep off the time difference

Monday, August 14

  • Morning – Full English breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning – Free shuttle to airport (runs every 15 mins.)
  • 11:40am – Departure to Beira, Mozambique, via South African Airlink
  • 1:10pm – Arrival in Beira
  • 2:30pm – Air travel to GNP
  • 3:30pm – Sundowner game drive
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango Restaurant

Tuesday, August 15

  • 6:00am – Morning walking safari
  • 9:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 10:30am – Tour of the E.O. Wilson Laboratory
  • 12:00pm – Lunch at Chikalango
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon game drive
  • 7:00pm – Dinner with Gorongosa Restoration Project founder (and Museum of Idaho benefactor) Greg Carr at his residence

Wednesday, August 16

  • 6:00am – Morning game drive
  • 9:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 10:00am – Visit to the Vinho community
  • Late morning – Tree planting w/Park Warden Pedro Magura
  • 1:00pm – Lunch at Chikalango
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon game drive
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango

Thursday, August 17

  • 6:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 7:00am – Nhambita Agricultural Project, Girls Club presentation, tour of Community Education Centre
  • 1:00pm – Lunch at Chikalango
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon game drive
  • 6:00pm – Science presentation w/research fellows
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango

Friday, August 18

  • 6:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 7:00am – Full-day game drive
  • 1:00pm – Lunch at the Lion House
  • 2:30pm – Full-day game drive continues
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Muzimu Tented Camp
  • Lodging at Muzimu

Saturday, August 19

  • 6:00am – Morning game drive or walking safari
  • 9:00am – Breakfast at Muzimu
  • 12:30pm – Community cycling
  • 1:00pm – Lunch at Chikalango
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon game drive or walking safari
  • 7:00pm – Bush dinner

Sunday, August 20

  • 6:00am – Morning game drive
  • 7:00am – Visit Gorongosa Coffee project
  • Swim and lunch by the waterfall
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango

Monday, August 21

  • 6:00am – Optional morning game drive
  • 9:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • Air travel to Beira. Gorongosa Tours staff says goodbye. 
  • 1:40pm: Departure to Johannesburg via South African Airlink (Some travelers may choose to visit another place in Africa, such as Victoria Falls, the beaches in Mozambique, or Cape Town. Such can be arranged separately. Or, of course, you may choose to return to Idaho via flights leaving this evening. Either way, you’re on your own now.)



Accommodations and pricing

Rates include hotel accommodations in Johannesburg for one night (as well as dinner and breakfast in the hotel), travel from Johannesburg to Gorongosa, lodging/meals/activities in Gorongosa, and return travel to Johannesburg. $500 of the total cost is a tax-deductible contribution to the Museum of Idaho.

Precise rates depend on your choice of accommodations at Gorongosa. Learn more about accommodation options and about amenities such as meals, swimming, and internet.

2023 rates (estimate):

  • shared garden room (fits 2 people): $4400 per person
  • shared standard bungalow (fits 2 people): $4700 per person
  • shared premium bungalow (fits 2 people): $4900 per person
  • add $500 to any of the above for private (1-person) accommodations


Registration and payment

A $500-per-person deposit to hold your place is due to the Museum of Idaho by May 1, 2023. Registration is first-come, first-served. After you have paid your deposit, 50% of the remaining balance is due by June 1, and 100% of the remaining balance is due by July 1.

  • Registration opens soon


Cancellation policy

No refunds will be given after June 1, 2023. However, the trip is fully refundable if cancelled by the Museum of Idaho or Gorongosa National Park. We recommend purchasing travel insurance through Travel Guard or a similar service.


Important info

  • US citizens require visas to enter Mozambique (but not South Africa). We recommend applying ahead of time rather than waiting to purchase one at the airport in Beira. You must apply at least 48 hours before arrival, and may want to give yourself more time for unforeseen circumstances. Learn more.
  • Gorongosa can accommodate children, but this trip is recommended for travelers 12 and older. Some restrictions on activities and additional travel documents may apply for minors (under 18), so please let MOI know if you plan to bring kids.
  • Note Gorongosa’s recommendations for what to bring.
  • Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique, and many local languages may be heard within the park, but your tour operators will also speak English.


Terms and conditions

Travelers must accept certain terms and conditions at the time of registration. Or view the document ahead of time.



Please contact Jeff at 208-522-1400 ext. 3006 or email.


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