The greater Gorongosa region is ecologically unique situated at the southern most end of the Great African Rift Valley; as a result it is a region with high species diversity and environmental features found nowhere else in the sub-continent. The key to continued biodiversity and habitat preservation on the planet is to protect areas of ecological importance, such as the Gorongosa National Park and the surrounding water catchments, such as is found on nearby Mount Gorongosa.
The Carr Foundation, a U.S. not-for-profit organization, has teamed with the Government of Mozambique to protect and restore the ecosystem of Gorongosa National Park and to develop an ecotourism industry to benefit local communities. In January, 2008, the Foundation signed a 20-year contract with the Government to co-manage the Park. This long-term commitment to work together followed a 3½ year period of restoration activities that were conducted under an initial Memorandum of Understanding.
Gorongosa National Park is home to a great diversity of animals and plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. From the lumbering African elephant to the endemic Green-Headed Oriole; from the famed Gorongosa lions to the rarely seen fire squirrels of the rainforest, each species has a story to tell.
Gorongosa has a rich and fascinating history. Through the centuries, this region has been on the crossroads of history, a result of both its geographic position as well as its abundant natural resources. From ancient civilisations to coastal Arab traders; from gold, ivory and slave traders of the ancient and recent past to localised tribal conflicts – central Mozambique’s past is a microcosm of the history of Africa. Take a walk with us through some of the origins, the golden years, the harrowing civil war, and the recovery of Gorongosa National Park.