Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge & Safari

Top choice lodge in Gorongosa National Park

Located at Chitengo park headquarters, Montebelo has lovely comfortable rooms in rondavels or standard blocks. Count on hot water, soap, mosquito nets and night-time coffee. It also offers the opportunity to organise 'fly camps', depositing you deep in the bush with your own tent and guide (US$500 per person for two nights including flight, meals and guide).

The expansive, grassy compound has a pool, a kids' play area and the occasional warthog plodding through. Staff and researchers mingle with guests in the excellent restaurant (mains Mtc400-650). You can organise all park activities here.