Having been declared a protected area in 1972, only to then be ravaged by sixteen years of civil war from 1977-1992, the sun now rises over a different Zinave National Park in Mozambique.
The development of the park was boosted at the end of 2015 when the Mozambican Ministry of Land, Environmental and Rural Development signed a co-management agreement with Peace Parks Foundation to jointly develop the park as an integral component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area.
The park is an integral part of the Mozambican component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. It will sustain and restore the landscape dynamics of the larger ecosystem and enhance ecological connectivity through the establishment of a wildlife economy in the interstitial communal lands.
Size of Zinave national park Mozambique
Zinave National Park is situated in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique and covers some 408 000 hectares.
Location of Zinave national park
The Zinave National Park is a protected area in Mabote District of Inhambane Province, Mozambique, created by decree on 26 June 1973
How to get to Zinave national park
The park is located northeast of Limpopo National Park. The distance from the Vilanculos-Bazaruto Archipelago, one of Mozambique’s main tourism areas, is about 200km/125mi.
Access to the park is by 4×4 only. Even in a 4×4, it is not advised to go in the rainy season, from November to May, as the roads might deteriorate badly.
Things to do in Zinave national park
Zinave, as with most other parks in Mozambique, suffered greatly during the civil war and wildlife numbers are very low. There is no tourist infrastructure but this might change in the future. Peace Parks Foundation has started to develop Zinave as an integral component of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. A large translocation effort will see over 6,000 animals brought in by 2020. For the time being, all animals are being, released in a fenced-off sanctuary within the park.
Although numbers are low, some wildlife did survive a long period of neglect and poaching. There are thought to be viable populations of greater kudu, sable antelope, and impala. There might also be leopards and even lions. Hippos and crocodiles are resident in the Save River. Following the introduction of seven elephants from South Africa, more wildlife was brought in from Gorongosa National Park in late 2016: about 200 waterbucks, 50 warthogs, and 50 reedbuck
When to visit Zinave national park Mozambique
Zinave is best visited in the dry winter months from June to October. The roads might be difficult to navigate in the wet summer months.
Where to stay in Zinave national park
Tondo Lodge Cooperative
Tondo Lodge Cooperative is an accommodation in Mozambique Tondo Lodge Cooperative is north of Zinave.