In the 1970s, Gorongosa was regarded as one of Africa’s finest game viewing destinations, with higher numbers than Kruger National Park. During a 17 year civil war that ended in 1992, the park’s wildlife was decimated by armed guerrillas victims of the conflict in search of food. Since 1995, an American philanthropist has been working with the government to restore the reserve to its former glory. Today the wildlife sightings include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, zebra and antelope. You are not guaranteed to see these animals, but the park is incredibly diverse and can be explored on foot or by vehicle. Visit before the crowds return!