I was on safari again in the Parque Nacional do Limpopo. In spite of the enormous challenges facing the establishment of this National Park in Mozambique I find it to be an incredibly exciting initiative. We have a constant barrage of negative environmental news and in the face of that an initiative that creates vaste tracts of new space (1.1 million Ha) for wildlife is nothing short of a miracle.
The animal numbers in this National Park are not yet very high but the diversity is there and it will not take long before the numbers increase dramatically. However the park is stunningly beautiful, wild and has so much potential.
Look at the image below of sunrise on the Shingwedzi River. This is pure wilderness. I regularly see Nyala and Bushbuck here and recently counted eight fish species in the pools below (including tigerfish Hydrocynus vitatus)
The emphasis in the park is on walking. While I conduct my own walks there accompanied by a local scout, any visitor can arrange for a game-scout to escort them on a walking safari
This young National Park is struggling with a myriad of issues and it is only with support that it will succeed. Just think of how much of a conservation contribution it will make – it is joined to the Kruger National Park and will contribute the equivalent of 50% of the land area of the KNP to wildlife, allowing massive expansion.
I urge everyone to visit this park in order to provide support for their efforts. If you are spending time in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, please cross over into the PNL – even if it is just for a day. Feel free to contact our office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information or reservations.
Finally I salute the dedicated staff of the PNL, who face incredible challenges daily so that the wildlife may once again make this beautiful place their home.