Gorongosa National Park is a true wilderness - only about one quarter of the park is accessible by road, so much of it is largely unexplored. The park has so much to offer, and its recovery from the heavy poaching of the civil war has been spectacular. There are mountains (the highest of which is the 1863 m Mt Gorongosa), rivers, floodplains, savannahs, acacias, baobabs, rainforests, palm trees, montane forests and limestone gorges. The park lost 95% of its large mammals during the civil war, but these animals are making a come-back thanks to an incredible international conservation effort. There are huge numbers of waterbuck, reedbuck and warthogs, and plenty of buffalo, wildebeest, crocodiles, lions, elephants, sable antelope and much more. There are also more than 500 species of birds present in the park. It has been called the "Serengeti of the South", and while that may not be entirely accurate, it is certainly an astonishingly beautiful place and a highlight of any trip to southern Africa.