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Getting There

Getting to Gorongosa has become easier than trying to spell it!  Here are some important details to help you find your way to Gorongosa National Park.  You can also find your way around in our Map Room.  Please contact us if you have any further queries or if you wish to reserve a booking for your unique Explore Gorongosa experience.

 


*** REMINDER: FLYING IN TO EXPLORE GORONGOSA FROM BEIRA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND LINKING WITH THE ISLANDS HAS NEVER BEEN AS EASY ***

The great news is that our friends at CFA Charters are now flying per-seat rate charter flights daily (25mins flight time over the Park) directly from Beira to the landing strip at Gorongosa National Park (Chitengo - about 20mins from our camp), as well as continuing with their twice weekly flights (Monday & Friday - 1h25 flight time over beautiful Mozambican coastline) directly from Bazaruto Island (Vilanculos) to Gorongosa. See the relevant rates schedules for these transfers on our Rates page...

Added to this, Airlink fly direct flights from Johannesburg (OR Tambo International) to Beira International Airport every day of the week – only 1 hour 20 minutes in a leather-seated Embraer jet with departure times out of JHB mid-morning to link up perfectly with overnight long-haul flights into JHB.

These great flights make accessing the Park as well as combining beach and bush safari options in Mozambique a real cinch...YAY!

 



Getting to us by Air...


Gorongosa National Park has its own airstrip for light aircraft at Chitengo Camp with fly-in access from Beira, Chimoio & Vilanculos (and the surrounding Bazaruto archipelago resorts).  Scheduled flights to Beira from Johannesburg, Harare & Maputo can be booked with either LAM or Airlink.  Regular schedule flights to Chimoio from Maputo can be booked through LAM, and frequent scheduled flights to Vilanculos from Johannesburg (and back via Kruger-Mpumulanga) are available through Pelican Air.  See below for details…


Charter flights into Gorongosa National Park (Chitengo airstrip)

As mentioned above, we now have scheduled charters with CFA Charters directly into the Park from Beira, as well as from Bazaruto Island and Benguerra Island. The Beira charters are charged per-seat (min 2 pax) and are timed to link with incoming or outgoing schedule airline flights - the pilot will meet you off your plane and assist you with all your airport legalities. The flight from Beira is approximately 25 minutes and takes you over the southern section of the Park, including the aerially scenic Lake Urema. The island flights leave Bazaruto Island on Monday & Friday mornings and head up the scenic coastline to Gorongosa – a flight time of about 1h25 from Bazaruto to Gorongosa. The flights then return the same way. Non-scheduled charter flights to Chitengo airstrip will depart within 30 minutes of you clearing customs and immigration at either Vilanculos, Beira or Chimoio international airports. However if you arrive in Vilanculos after 14h00 or Beira & Chimoio after 16h00, you will probably need to overnight in those towns and be transferred the next morning, unless you are willing to pay a fee for the plane overnighting in the Park

Scheduled flights in and out of Beira & Chimoio

You can fly to Beira and Chimoio from Maputo via LAM - Mozambique’s national airline. You can also fly to Beira from Johannesburg with Airlink (part of South African Airways).

 

Please be aware that Mozambique has recently adopted a policy of enforcing Yellow-Fever vaccinations for those travellers originating from known Yellow-Fever countries.  This should not affect most of our guests but is worth bearing in mind if your trip includes countries such as Tanzania or those in central Africa.  Please check with your tour operator or agent before travelling. Alternatively, you will be kindly offered a rather painless jab in the airport in Beira - but this can be a hindrance so best check beforehand!


Scheduled flights in and out of Maputo

LAM fly from Maputo to Durban and Johannesburg, as well as via Harare to Nairobi & Lilongwe (on code-share with Kenya Airlines).  SA Express also fly from Maputo to Cape Town direct twice a week.  TAP fly direct to & from Maputo out of Lisbon, Portugal, whilst Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are well serviced by international airlines.


Estimated flying times

From Vilanculos/Bazaruto to Chitengo: approximately 60-75mins, depending on airplane type
From Beira to Chitengo: approximately 25mins, depending on airplane type
From Chimoio to Chitengo: approximately 20mins, depending on airplane type


Chitengo airstrip details

Coordinates: 18 59 S : 34 21 E
Altitude:  104ft asl
Runway:  05/23
Measurements: 1100m x 45m
Nature of soils: Clay
Class:  Airstrip 2A
Resistance: 12.5 T
Critical Airplane: Lear JET 24D
Predominant wind: South Easterly

Restrictions: Usable only during dry season; only day time operations; only 1000m effective; unstable during the wet season

 

Luggage restrictions for charter flights to & from Gorongosa National Park

Please be aware that due to the limited space in the small aircraft used as charter flights into Chitengo, we ask you to please restrict your luggage to a maximum of 12kg per person, in soft luggage carriers. Failure to restrict luggage will result either in delayed luggage arrival or additional costs.




Getting to us by Road...

Gorongosa National Park is easily accessible by road off the newly completed tarred national highway - the EN1 - which is the main north-south road running the length of Mozambique.  The turn-off for the Park is approximately 30 kilometres north of Inchope, which is a small village at the junction of the EN1 and the main Beira-Mutare road, and the last stop for fuel before the Park.   From the well signed turn-off from the EN1, it is a short 11 kilometre stretch of good gravel road to the main Park gate where Park entry fees are payable (per person and per vehicle).  From here it is a scenic 18 kilometres of very good gravel to Chitengo Camp (half an hour approximately) where you will be met by your guide at the Chitengo Camp reception.  The Park is accessible by most high-clearance vehicles. See a map of central Mozambique showing access...

Please contact us for more details if you do plan to take this route in to Gorongosa.

 
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Daily Airlink flights between Jhb and Beira

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The best way to access Gorongosa from Johannesburg is through Airlink's daily service between Johannesburg and Beira. For the past 3 years that our guests have been using this service, we have had no problems - no delays. Thank you

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