Gorongosa Adventure

GORONGOSA ADVENTURE

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Gorongosa National Park has cancelled all tourism activities until further notice. Although the situation may improve by August, the uncertainty has made it impossible to properly prepare for this year's trip. We have therefore cancelled the trip and will look ahead to similar trips in 2021. Thank you for your understanding.

Join MOI at Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

August 1-10, 2020  |  up to 23 people

 

What's included:

  • seven days of accommodations, meals, safaris, excursions, and activities in Gorongosa National Park
  • air 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 between the US and 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
  • Travel to Southern Sun Hotel (at O.R. Tambo International Airport) via free airport shuttle
  • Meet up with the group in the hotel, including an MOI staff member who will accompany you on the trip
  • 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, meet up with Gorongosa Tours staff
  • 2:30pm – Air travel to Gorongosa National Park (GNP)
  • 3:30pm – Sundowner game drive
  • 7:00pm – Dinner at Chikalango Restaurant

Tuesday, August 4

  • 6:00am – Morning game drive
  • 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 at Chikalango

Wednesday, August 5

  • 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 6

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

Friday, August 7

  • 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 Chikalango

Saturday, August 8

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

Sunday, August 9

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

Monday, August 10

  • 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.)

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 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.

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

2020 rates:

  • shared garden room (fits 2 people): $3300 per person
  • shared standard bungalow (fits 2 people): $3500 per person
  • shared premium bungalow (fits 2 people): $3800 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. 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 4) 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 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. Please click HERE to view the document ahead of time.

 

Questions?

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

 

Photography courtesy of Gorongosa National Park.