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!
ZIMBABWE’S BIGGEST PARK
BIG NUMBERS OF WILDLIFE, ESPECIALLY ELEPHANT
OVER 400 BIRD SPECIES
GREAT ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS AND AMAZING GAME VIEWING
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.
Amazing Places To Stay
Lodges and Accommodation
Somalisa Camp boasts luxurious and elegantly furnished canvas safari tent accommodation with ensuite bathrooms and al fresco bush showers. The stunning guest area and inground pool overlook a floodplain in the middle of Hwange National Park. The lounge room and dining areas are cleverly positioned under soaring tree canopies looking out to a sprawling vista which you’ll never get tired of.
The Hide Safari Camp
he Hide’s unique location allows guests to be witness to large herds of breeding elephants with massive bulls congregating around large waterholes. Elephants are a regular sight and the camp has carefully disguised bunkers enabling guests to enjoy up close and personal wildlife experiences.
Our top tip
Hwange is a large park and can offer a number of different experiences so let us find the perfect one for you. It is a fantastic place to do walking safaris and get up close to wildlife on foot. With over 400 species of birds, Hwange is also a bird lovers paradise!