Hwange National Park

Comprising of nearly 15,000 square kilometres Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest park. It is located in the north west of Zimbabwe roughly 2 hours south of Victoria Falls by road. It is the most well known park in Zimbabwe and is part of the vast Kalahari sands that stretch throughout most of Botswana and into Namibia and South Africa. Hwange is a diverse area with forests of Rhodesian teak and Mopane woodland providing sanctuary for wildlife and birdlife. The western border boasts Ilala palms and seasonal vlei’s (wetlands) which are frequent grazing grounds for plains game.

Hwange is a wildlife haven due to the numerous pumped waterholes that sustain the park during the drier months. For this reason Hwange is home to great number of wildlife. It has an incredible elephant population, one of the biggest in Africa and is also home to The Big 5. Hwange has a healthy big cat and wild dog population which is a major attraction for tourists. There is a fantastic selection of lodges in Hwange spread throughout the park giving a more personalised feel compared to other busier parks. Hwange is a perfect safari destination!

Time of year to travel

Hwange National Park’s optimum time for wildlife viewing is during the dry season (May to October). Hwange is fortunate to have a large number of pumped waterholes that sustain the wildlife populations during this time. The waterholes also make for a great wildlife experience as vast herds of elephant and buffalo and a variety of plains game come to drink in great numbers in the morning and the afternoon. The rainy season is from November to March and storms and showers can be expected in the in the afternoons. Winter can get very cold at night, sometimes down to zero degrees so be sure to pack warm clothing if you’re going between May and July.


Hwange has The Big 5 and is also home to wild dogs and 108 species of mammal – including leopard, lion cheetah, giraffe, buffalo, baboon, waterbuck, jackal, warthog, bat-eared fox, and the scarce brown hyena. The park’s birdlife is also prolific with over 400 recorded species.

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