Located in the district of Chigubo, Province of Gaza, the Banhine National Park is known for its semiarid savannah, where peculiar species, like the ostrich and the hippopotamus, can be observed bathing in its lagoons and mystic baobab trees. In 1973, this area was made National Park to ensure the unique biodiversity this kind of climate has, because of the menace the region faced in the previous decade, in which several animals were captured for international zoos and also because of the illegal ivory trade, illegal hunting and large period of drought that mainly affected the terrestrial species. The Park, slowly resurfacing thanks to the translocation of the most affected species, welcomes visitors in an area intended for ecotourism, in which they can stay overnight and take safaris through its terrestrial routes.
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You can reach the Park from the Province of Gaza, through the localities of Dindiza, Combomune or Mapai, or from the Province of Inhambane. It is recommended to travel in a 4×4 vehicle.
Visit the Park in the fresher months, between April and October.
You can opt between hiking in the walking trails, safaris, canoeing and cultural tourism.
TheFish Eagle Tented Camp, located close to the Park’s headquarters, is a great accommodation option. You are also allowed to camp in a specific area within the Park.
The Park features extensive prairies and flood areas, in which lagoons are formed during the rainy season. A great diversity of water birds inhabits its shores in this period. The Park is an important point passage for migratory birds and hosts a rich and interesting diversity of both land and water birds. With its very own cultural life, it preserves traditional values and practices. Traditional fishing and rain invocation ceremonies can be witnessed, as well as oral tradition story telling and visiting sacred locations the communities still preserve.
Prepare to observe species as the ostrich, lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, kudo, impala, reedbuck, nyala, duiker, oribi and several land and aquatic birds.
The Park is a part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area and has one of the largest ostrich populations in the country.