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Cyclone Idai’s impact on DA destinations

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It’s estimated that more than 2.6 million people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are affected by Cyclone Idai. In what is described as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s worst ever storms, parts of Southern Africa have been pummelled and hundreds of lives lost.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those affected by the cyclone. We also acknowledge the thousands of people who are continuing to work tirelessly to aid and support those who have lost almost everything.

Updates: Gonarezhou National Park and Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe

Despite the relative proximity of the popular Gonarezhou National Park and Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge to the natural disaster sites, we are pleased to announce that they both remain little impacted by the cyclone. More details on these is below.

Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

Gonarezhou National Park is a national park located in south-eastern Zimbabwe. It’s situated in a relatively remote corner of the Masvingo Province, along the Mozambique border. Thankfully, Gonarezhou has been little affected by the cyclone, which passed well to the north of the area with no significant winds. Although the Save River did turn into a raging torrent for a brief while, once the initial heavy flows had passed, it settled down to its usual steady flow. Boats are again able to cross it as per usual for this time of year. Road access, too, is consistent with conditions for this time of year.

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe

For the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, located in the pristine wilderness of Gonarezhou, it is business as usual. The Chilo Gorge Lodge is included as part of our very special Zimbabwe safari destination. We are pleased to report directly from the Lodge: “Our Chilo Gorge Tented Camp will open at the beginning of May, as scheduled. Our Ivory Train Adventure Fly Camping experience will also continue to operate throughout the year.”

Weather Updates

We have all kinds of resources and information at our website including travel advice by country, and other general information including African weather and news.

Your Safety is Assured

It also seems timely to remind you all that the unparalleled safety and comfort of each and every one of our guests remains our utmost priority — at all times. Destinations Africa has not had any safaris in operation located near the vicinity of the areas affected by Cyclone Idai.

During all of our customised travel adventures, we meet you at every transfer point of your Destinations Africa journey to ensure your transition is safe and smooth. This means a Destinations Africa representative will be on the ground to meet with you, be it at the airport to transfer you to your hotel or at an airfield in the middle of the wilderness after a charter aircraft flight.

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