Located in the north-western corner of the country, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest park.
Hwange comprises of nearly 15,000 square kilometres of predominantly mopane woodlands and Rhodesian teak rising from sands of the vast Kalahari Desert. While at its western border the vegetation is made up of mainly lofty ilala palms and verdant seasonal wetlands.
Hwange is described by many as a wildlife haven because of its wilderness trails, waterholes, and dams in the area that support excellent game viewing. Guests can choose from an excellent array of safari lodges and camps which makes Hwange an ideal safari destination.
ZIMBABWE’S BIGGEST PARK
BIG NUMBERS OF WILDLIFE, ESPECIALLY ELEPHANT
OVER 400 BIRD SPECIES
GREAT ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS AND AMAZING GAME VIEWING
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.
Time of year to travel
Prior to Hwange achieving official game reserve status in 1928, then national park accreditation in 1961, Hwange was first home to the San Bushman of Nhanzwa. During the nineteenth century, this region was a hunting ground of King Mzilikazi.
Poaching incidents and the earlier devastation of the wildlife population in the region have triggered great endeavors for park protection. Today elephant herds are thriving, and their total population is now one of the biggest in the world. With a continuous focus on wildlife sustainability and protection, the park has a series of man-made waterholes, boreholes, and dams which become important for supporting wildlife health during the dry winter months. This also makes for brilliant game viewing.
Hwange has the big five 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 bird life is also prolific with over 400 recorded species.
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!