Gorongosa Nat. Park: Sofala Province, Mozambique
James Byrne, Media Director
Sofala Province, Mozambique

Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park is a fragile and extremely special national treasure, which according to biodiversity expert E. O. Wilson, is a region of high species diversity and ecological features found nowhere else on the entire planet. In fact, Gorongosa National Park is so extraordinary that the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation has joined with the Carr Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit organization that signed a 20-year contract to co-manage the park in January 2008 with the government, and the Gorongosa Restoration Project, to shine a light on the epic achievements taking place there. Through this unique partnership, Gorongosa is not only realizing its vast restoration goals, but has developed a tourism initiative featuring Gorongosa Lodge & Safari, which offers guests a choice of 9 standard bungalows, 18 double rooms or 6 premium bungalows, each complete with mosquito netting, private bathroom and air conditioning. Of course, every vistor must take a private ecotourism luxury walking safari, wildlife game drive or walk to the Mount Gorongosa waterfallsall once in a lifetime experiences that are prime viewing opportunities for lions, elephants, buffalos, many kinds of antelope, and over 400 species of birds! James Byrne is the media director for the Gorongosa Restoration Foundation. 

This Questionnaire was first published in November 2012.

What is your favorite word to describe Sofala Province?


What word best reflects the people of Sofala Province?


What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Sofala Province?

Mount Gorongosa, just 40km from the park, it's the watershed. The mountain is a rainforest and home to the Murombodzi waterfalls--a sacred place to the people.

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Sofala Province?

Going on a game drive with Bob Poole.

What is your favorite indoor activity in Sofala Province?

Eating giant grilled prawns that have been just caught in the river.

What is your favorite sound or noise in Sofala Province?

The roar of a male lion at night.

What is your favorite smell or taste in Sofala Province?

The smell of the rain forest--rich, mossy, thick.

What drink best reflects Sofala Province?

The whole place is all about water--clear, crisp water.

What song or type of music best reflects Sofala Province?

The local folk music played on homemade instruments and handmade drums.

If Heaven were Sofala Province, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Leave it as you found it.

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