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Gilé National Reserve

The Gilé National Park was first proclaimed as a partial hunting reserve in 1932. It is situated in the districts of Pebane and Gilé in the Zambézia province and covers an area of 2.100 km2.

Location: The Chimanimani National Reserve (CNR) is situated in the Sussundenga district, Manica Province.

Area: 640 km 2

Access: Access to CNR is possible by road, either from Chimoio city or via a road, from the airports of the cities of Tete, Chimoio and Beira. It is advisable to travel in a 4x4 due to the state of the roads.

Best viewing season: Throughout the year. During the winter months (June to August) the temperature scale can fall below zero degrees Celsius.

Accommodation: Basic campsites are available in Chikukwa and Mahate.

Attractions: The CNR has an intact ecosystem and rich in biodiversity especially in the mountainous areas, esthetically salient landscapes, archaeological tools, (rock paintings), intact beliefs and traditional structures. It has a great diversity of species of plants and endemic birds, reptiles and butterflies.

Fauna: Buffaloes, bushbucks, grey and red duiker, oribis, elands, reedbucks, blue goats, sable, waterbuck, warthog, cinereous kids, kids of rocks, imbabalas (female bushbuck), changanes, pala-palas, changes, pivas and facoceros (phacochoerus aethiopicus). A wide variety of birds and reptiles, many of which are endemic to the area.

Viewing Hours: The CNR can be visited daily from 7h30 to 16h30.

Particularities: The CNR protects a series of ecosystems of great value, including prairies and high mountain vegetation. It has favorable conditions for the practice of various activities: Mountaineering, safaris, canoeing, equitation and cultural tourism. The CNR is part of the Chimanimani Transfrontier Conservation Area

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