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Since we opened in April 2009, we have had a great number of guests who have truly enjoyed their special time with us at Explore Gorongosa.  Many have shared their thoughts with us and we have included some of these below.  At the bottom of this page we have included a list of our guest comments per region - hopefully this will help you understand better how people from your part of the world have felt about Mozambique and Explore Gorongosa.  We have also included some comments from agents, operators and journalists who have visited us in the past year.

If you have any comments or feedback from your stay with us, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

We will also soon have a guest gallery for photographs taken by our guests on safari with us.  In order to get this up and running, please send through any images you have from your experience at Explore Gorongosa -  we would love to show off your pictures!

Finally, if you  would like to comment on your stay with us (the good, the bad, the ugly, and the awesome), please do so on our TripAdvisor page now... thanks!

Explore Gorongosa
was one the highlights of my trip around Southern Africa. The idea of being in the middle of the park, surrounded by nature is amazing. Listening to the lions, to the elephants at night, then to wake up with the sings of so many birds is priceless. I was even peeked at by a waterbuck while taking my morning shower! The layout of the camp is great, you have your own tent away from others giving you the feeling you are one with nature. This is one of the few parks that allows tourists to walk inside the park which is perfect; I loved walking in the park. Meals were great from a huge breakfast to a fancy dinner at night. Rob and Jos thanks for the excellent stay and keep it up with the project, it is a great park with the potential to be what it was before for sure.

Jorge (Angola, USA & Mexico!)

Thanks for a great stay - really excited to see how much wildlife there is around, and wish you best of luck with your camp...

Phillip Briggs & Ariadne van Zandbergen (Bergville, SA)

Look out for the new edition of the Bradt Guide to Mozambique coming out early 2011 which will feature Explore Gorongosa in it!

An unforgettable stay - an earth toilet complete with a bog brush... what more can I say?!  Thank you, thank you... look out for my article!

Anna Murphy (London, UK) 

Check out what Anna wrote about her Mozambique experience in the Sunday Telegraph (UK) here...

Explore Gorongosa has to be one of the most remote - and best run - tented camps South of the Sahara. Spacious stand up canvas tents, complete with duvets and crisp sheets, and homely touches - such as nightly turn downs - belie the logistical challenges that running such a camp involves. Hands on staff, imaginative home cooked meals (presented on a blackboard nightly), and laundry presented with a smile are just some of the aspects that illustrate how well run this camp is.

Craig Smith: New Frontiers (www.newfrontierstours.co.za)

It was a simply beautiful three days - I love your camp, it really takes one into wild, authentic Africa and both of you were terrific hosts and guides.... in the meantime I hope the camp is flourishing - I have the happiest of memories of it...

The boy did well! We can’t imagine a more wonderful place to start our married life. You looked after us so incredibly well – finding us bananas and cigarettes, lions and crocodiles and nightcaps and sunsets. It’s really a paradise here and we think you are doing something very exciting with both the park and the camp. Next time maybe it will be our anniversary and we can celebrate by raising a glass to the cheetah...
We wish you all the luck in the world.

Clemmie and David – Bethnal Green, London

This is a piece of paradise and it is so exciting and inspiring to visit a new part of Africa and to witness its recovery.  This is a gem of a camp – a true authentic safari experience.  We have been so well looked after.  I absolutely loved my stay with you in Gorongosa and I found the whole experience both inspiring and exciting!  I loved your camp, the staff and food.Thank you so much!

Catherine, Natural High Safaris (Dorset, UK) www.naturalhighsafaris.com

I had chosen the trip because of the walking which is not always an option in the bigger parks. My African experience, such as it is, has always been in the smaller parks/reserves where one can walk and personally, I would rather walk among antelopes and other small game than chase around in jeeps, with masses of other tourists, looking for the big five. The pleasure for me just being there and enjoying what we saw – spending time just watching the interaction of the birds and the mammals at the waterholes always with the feeling that we had the park to ourselves.

Judith (Brussels, Belgium)

What a great & fabulous time! Lots of people have an amazing vision here. How lucky they were to meet Jos & Rob - no two people could be a better choice to make it a reality. Explore Gorongosa is in its 1st year - could easily have been established for 5 or more. We just can't get over how much you have achieved in what seems to be such a short time - and what a great job Cass and you are doing with all the local guys. You seriously failed to make us feel lik 'guinea pigs!' It was also so well run - I don't know quite what words to use - 'slick and professional' sound just the sort of "yak milk" image that is so not you!
The Mozambican team, with Cass looking after them, were brilliant. We have had a wonderful time with two old friends and can't wait to come back.
Love and many congratulations,

Angela & Francis (Surrey, UK)

In what we are hoping will become a regular thing at Explore Gorongosa, a private guide recently brought his guests to join us for 5 days of fun and adventure in Gorongosa:

We left home in February in search of authentic wild bush experiences - we definitely found it here! As it becomes harder and harder to find the real things we really appreciate it when we do. We wish you the best of luck in this exciting venture and hope it exceeds your wildest expectations - doing the right thing, as you have, usually does! We'll see you again...

Charles & April (Miami, USA)

To Rob, Jos & the Explore Gorongosa team,
Thanks so much for such an incredible experience which just keeps getting batter. Your attention to detail makes each little aspect of what you do such a special experience. Awesome place with some of the best 'unusual' wildlife sightings to be found anywhere. Well done!

Ant Kaschula (Kenya & Zimbabwe) www.privateguidedsafaris.com
** check out some of Ant's great photos in our gallery **

We got married in Norway last Saturday and went straight here for our honeymoon. We have had 3 fantastic nights at Jos & Rob's beautiful camp, and it's been a perfect start of our honeymoon. The game drives and walks have been sooo exciting and we learnt a lot from Rob and enjoyed Jos' fantastic cooking! The service has been wonderful! Thank you so much for a fantastic stay and experience.

Anne & Andreas (Oslo, Norway)

We came in search of birds and found oh so much more. Gorongosa was an extra special place, at times a sort of Eden for instance when showering naked under the stars just like Adam & Eve although they would have been denied the G&T around the camp fire and the morning pot of tea with crème caramel desert. There was so much and so few people to share it with, often only Jos & Rob and their dedicated team.

Rob (aka ‘one of Africa’s great professional safari guides’) and Jos (Mrs No Plastic Bags) were perfect hosts and the attention to detail was faultless. We were struck by their passion for the project, their knowledge (a thesis worth on Civet poo alone!), their exuberance, warmth and humour even as we made our 4.30am departure for Beira. Only complaint the stay was to short. We would hope to go back in a few years but next time I’m sure we must be prepared to share and that might be difficult.

Pam & Joe (UK)

This from one of our favourite guests so far - Freddy has traveled to almost every country in Africa in his action-packed 80-plus years and he is still discovering great new places like Gorongosa:

Dear friends, what a pleasure to get news from Gorongosa! I am glad that you had many guests in August , and I regret having missed the elephants. I enjoyed very much my stay with you and if I survive until next year I surely come back to see all the progress. I hope you had good weather when I left,here in Belgium we enjoyed the sunniest August since a long time. Best regards.

Freddy (Belgium)

I am delighted to let you know that Explore Gorongosa was voted, unanimously, as the highlight of the holiday and that we all want to come back and stay with you, and the lions, again – even Catriona! Ibo and Guludo were excellent but you two (and of course the rest of the team) were an extremely hard act to follow. Alasdair (aka Bear) and I are already talking about a hike up Mount Gorongosa with you asap but it seems that Gemma and Catriona also want to join in the trip.

I have been following your blog on a regular basis – lots of animal sightings and new photos on the site – making me very envious! I am worried that my photos will not meet the high standard but will send them anyway. The attached photo is of the elusive janischrobinimus (common name: the greater spotted poogatherer) searching for chocolate bars in the tree tops but only finding a couple of rather boring looking sausages. Don’t worry, janischrobinimus, a couple of bars of Cadbury’s best will soon be winging their way to you! Best wishes from us all,

James, Catriona, Bear & Gemma (Lisbon, Portugal)

In July we were happy to host Chris Matthews & his wife Kathleen (Washington DC, USA), better known for their work in American media channels (think Hardball), although Kathleen is now in the crazy world of travel & tourism. They had this to say about their time at Explore Gorongosa:

We are so impressed with the beauty and diversity of Gorongosa and all the work you’re done to restore this Jewel of Africa. Most importantly, we loved the collegiality of your team of conservationists, safari operators and the local community! Thank You!!

I am so powerfully impressed by the great work of the Carr Foundation here at Gorongosa Park. Thank you for remaking one of Africa’s wonders.

In April we had the pleasure of hosting a few trial guests at Explore Gorongosa. Here's what our very first guests at Explore Gorongosa, Tym and Charlene (Houston, USA), who were on honeymoon with us in Mozambique, said about their recent trip:

Thank you very much. We are doing well ... settling in back home now, and telling many stories of our wonderful honeymoon in Mozambique. We really enjoyed our visit with you in Gorongosa...

...I have to say that Explore Gorongosa was a true highlight of our trip ... far and away, you guys exceeded expectations for a bush visit, and honeymoon travel more generally for that matter, in terms of the standard of service, comfort and hospitality. We had a wonderful time.

Much appreciated, and love the pictures! Tym & Charlene

This is what seasoned professional safari guide and birding expert, Spike Williamson, had to say about Gorongosa on his first field trip here...

This park provides one of the most fascinating canvases for walking safaris that I have ever visited. The range and beauty of the bush and wildlife, matched with the vision of the Restoration Project, will make Gorongosa a top destination on the African safari scene sooner than you think...

(Since his first visit to the park with us in October, Spike Williamson has now accepted the role as consultant guide to Explore Gorongosa. Spike can be contacted through www.ardansafaris.com)

Read what our guests have left in the Explore Gorongosa Guest Book according to where in the world they are from...  You can also hear what visiting agents, operators and media have said about their experience:

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