The E.O. Wilson Laboratory – Coming Soon!
We are building a new science research facility in Gorongosa National Park and naming it after Professor EO Wilson to honor his participation in our science research. This new construction also marks a new era in scientific research in Gorongosa as renowned scientists from around the world embark on new and exciting research in Gorongosa. The Wilson Lab will be a world-class research facility that will be fully equipped to support cutting edge scientific research.
Current Research Facilities
While the Wilson Lab is being built, Gorongosa is already offering facilities to support visiting researchers.
Accommodations & Food
Gorongosa’s main camp, Chitengo, has a camping area that is equipped with bathrooms, hot showers, a fire pit, and laundry basins. You can pitch your own tent or hire a fully furnished tent from Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari. There are also garden rooms and bungalows available for rent. Browse our accommodations
While you are in Chitengo, you have several options for food. If you choose to self-cater, you can bring your own food and cooking equipment to prepare your food in the campsite. Basic meals can be purchased from our staff canteen. Or, you may choose to dine in our tourist restaurant, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as light meals throughout the day. Read more about our tourist restaurant
While the new Wilson Lab is being built, we offer a shared workspace for visiting researchers and science staff equipped with WIFI Internet and 24-hour electricity.
All researchers that are doing fieldwork on the ground in Gorongosa are required to hire a park game scout to ensure that they are protected while they are in the field (except on Mount Gorongosa). Speak to our science staff for information on rates for hiring a game scout to accompany you.
Chitengo camp is equipped with cell phone coverage and WIFI in most central areas of camp. The camp is also fully powered with 24-hour electricity.
Laundry basins are available in the campsite for public use. You must bring your own supplies for washing and hanging your clothing. We are building a new laundry room with washers and dryers with the Wilson Lab.
Please keep in mind that there is no fuel for sale in Chitengo camp. You must purchase fuel outside of the park. The nearest gas station is in Vila Gorongosa, about 70 km from Chitengo.
Chitengo is a comfortable tourist camp with beautiful, natural grounds where you can relax in your free time by our swimming pools, or visit the park gift shop where souvenirs and local crafts are sold.
Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari offers guided game drives and walks. You can also visit the nearby community of Vinho or hike Mount Gorongosa. Browse our activities