Gorongosa Adventure

GORONGOSA ADVENTURE

Join MOI at Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

August 2020  |  up to 24 people

 

What's included:

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

What's not included:

  • travel to/from Johannesburg, South Africa
  • optional items such as additional activities, alcohol, and gratuity for guides and others
  • Mozambican visa and related fees

Trip itinerary

(details subject to change)

Saturday, August 1

  • Depart from USA by this date (though you may choose to depart earlier to enjoy more time in South Africa)

Sunday, August 2

  • Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 5:00-6:00pm Group met at airport by staff from Gorongosa Tours. (If you arrive at a different time, we will arrange to meet up at the hotel.)
  • Travel to Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel via free airport shuttle
  • Enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant and sleep off the time difference

Monday, August 3

  • 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, travel to Gorongosa National Park (GNP)
  • 3:00pm – Arrival at Chitengo Camp, GNP, followed by Sundowners with Snacks
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango restaurant

Tuesday, August 4

  • 6:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 6:30am – Morning wildlife drive
  • 10:30am – E.O. Wilson lab tour and coffee roasting
  • 12:00pm – Lunch at Chikalango
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon safari
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango

Wednesday, August 5

  • 6:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 6:30am – Morning wildlife drive/canoeing/walking safaris
  • 12:00pm – Lunch at Chikalango
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon wildlife drive/canoeing/walking safaris
  • 7:00pm – Bush dinner

Thursday, August 6

  • 6:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 7:00am – Depart to Nhambita Agricultural Project, visit to Mussinha School for Girls Club presentation, Tour of Community Education Centre (CEC)
  • 1:30pm – Lunch at CEC
  • 3:00pm – Depart CEC for an afternoon game drive through old sanctuary
  • 6:00pm – Science presentation at the science classroom
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango

Friday, August 7

  • 6:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 7:00am – Full-day wildlife drive
  • 1:00pm – Lunch at the new Lion House
  • 2:30pm – Continuation of full-day wildlife drive
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango

Saturday, August 8

  • 6:30am – Wildlife drive/walking safari
  • 9:30am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 10:30am – Trip to Vinho community and clinic followed by tree planting with Park Warden Pedro Muagura
  • 1:00pm – Lunch at Chikalango
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon wildlife drive/walking safari
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango

Sunday, August 9

  • 6:00am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • 7:00am – Trip to Mt. Gorongosa (waterfalls and coffee project)
  • Lunch by the waterfall
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango

Monday, August 10

  • 6:30am – Optional morning wildlife drive
  • 9:30am – Breakfast at Chikalango
  • Departure to Beira airport. 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.)

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 organization 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 included it on their list of 28 Best Places to Visit in 2019.

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.

Rates depend on your choice of Chitengo Camp bungalows at Gorongosa. (Learn more about accommodations HERE, and about amenities such as meals, swimming, and internet HERE.)

Rates:

Below are the rates for the 2019 trip. Rates will be adjusted for the 2020 trip to account for new insurance requirements.

  • shared standard bungalow (fits 2 people): $3100 per person
  • shared premium bungalow (fits 2 people): $3300 per person
  • add $500 for private (1-person) bungalow
Registration and payment

A $500-per-person deposit to hold your place is due to the Museum of Idaho by May 1. 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.

  • Register and pay your deposit HERE or via personal check at the museum.
  • Once you have paid your deposit, click HERE to make additional online payments (also payable via check).
Cancellation policy

No refunds will be given after June 1. 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

  • U.S. 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 within 60 days of the trip (anytime after June 13) and should give yourself several days as a buffer for unforeseen circumstances. Learn more HERE.
  • Gorongosa can accommodate children, but this trip is recommended for travelers 12 and over. Some restrictions on activities may apply for minors (under 18) in Gorongosa, 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.

 

Questions?

Please contact Jeff via e-mail or at 208-522-1400.

 

Photography courtesy of Gorongosa National Park.