At 14,600 sq kms Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe and is considered to be one of Africa’s great parks. Hwange has an abundance of game and is home to the big 5, but it is perhaps best known for the huge number of elephants that wander between Hwange and Chobe, at the last game count there were 44,000 but this number can swell at certain times of the year. Hwange is also where you can find good numbers of the endangered wild dog, or painted dog as it is sometimes known in Zimbabwe. Add to this 1000 floral species including 230 different trees and shrubs it’s easy to understand why Hwange is one of the most diverse parks in the world.
Reasons to visit Hwange include:
Game viewing is best in the dry season, July to October. There are approximately 60 waterholes (which are pumped) and these attract an abundance of game, just park up and enjoy. The thinned vegetation at this time of year also makes animals much easier to spot, and with 105 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds you should be in luck. When the rains come, the game has a tendency to disperse, you just have to work that little bit harder at spotting.
Hwange combines well with Victoria Falls as you can fly or drive there depending on your time and budget. There is also a light aircraft circuit connecting Hwange with Matusadona NP and Mana Pools. You can self-drive to Hwange or enjoy organised transfers, the choice is yours.
Hwange National Park is thriving but it’s not overcroweded. There are new properties cropping up all the time. Some firm favourites are Somalisa, with the elephant pool out front and the Camp Hwange experience is excellent. The level of accommodation varies from the simple government run rest camps and camp sites, right up to luxury camps in private concessions of the park.
Enjoy a relaxed safari in this diverse and remote corner of Hwange National Park.
Enjoy this remote corner of Hwange surrounded by woodland and savannah.
Immerse yourself in the wilds of Hwange, with a focus on walking safaris, there's no better place to do it!
A top notch traditional tented camp in a game rich private reserve in Hwange.
A small, intimate lodge with its own private and busy waterhole.
Enjoy personal service, excellent hospitality at this small and initmate lodge.
Stay in a private concession in northern Hwange and enjoy warm hospitality amidst charming African decor.
A small, intimate camp nestled in the shade of acacia trees in the heart of Hwange National Park.
Time: GMT + 2 hours
Flights from UK to Harare or Victoria Falls are usually via Johannesburg and can take 12+ hours, although once the new Victoria Falls airport is fully operational there may be an option of direct flights – watch this space.
Language: English is the official language of Zimbabwe. Shona or Ndebele are also widely spoken by the majority of the population.
Visas are required for UK passport holders and can be obtained on entry into Zimbabwe.
Malaria is a risk in many areas of Zimbabwe.