National Geographic : 1964 Aug
Shy impalas peer through morning fog in Gorongosa National Park, a 734-square-mile reserve near Beira that includes veld, for est, and lagoon. Africans believe the sulphur-hued fever tree, Acacia xanthophloea (right), grows only in healthful areas. Trumpeting elephant in Gorongosa charged the author, who snapped this picture as he abandoned his movie camera and fled. KODACRnOMEFS 1C NATIONAl GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY were piled high with copper, chromium, man ganese, corundum, and rare ores of lithium, the lightest metal known. "The wealth of our hinterlands and of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland funnels through here," Senhor Jardim explained. "Beira's peo ple, regardless of race, enjoy perhaps the highest standard of living to be found in all of tropical Africa." Wildlife Thrives in Gorongosa Only 40 miles from Beira lies Gorongosa, Mozambique's largest national park. Here, with supervisor Augusto Silva, I visited a world as pure as the first dawn. Antelopes, 230 buffaloes, and zebras roamed the foggy plains, and herds of wildebeests stampeded through the morning mist, reminding me of the thun der of wild horses. We drove many miles through a vast wil derness, where some 4,000 elephants, 500 lions, 25,000 buffaloes, and thousands of other wild creatures roam at will. In a forest clearing we surprised lions feed ing upon a freshly killed zebra and a young buffalo. We drove close, for cars do not disturb them. One black-maned male opened his mouth and uttered a sound that certainlywas not a serious roar. It may have been merely a belch. He seemed bored and groggy.