Hwange National Park
Hwange is Zimbabwe's most famous and popular wildlife reserve.
Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe and is considered to be one of Africa’s great parks. It is home to the Big Five, but is perhaps best known for the huge number of elephants that wander between Hwange and Chobe, at the 2019 game count there were 44,000 but this number can swell at certain times of year.
Hwange is also where you can find good numbers of 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.
- Access to Hwange: The park is accessible by road from Victoria Falls, it’s a drive of around 2.5 hours or you can fly in via light aircraft.
- Authentic safari: Zimbabwe guides are known for their expertise, they are amongst the best-trained guides in Africa. Hwange offers an authentic safari experience and can cater for all budgets.
- Conservation: Both the Hwange Lion Project and Painted Dog Conservation are very active in Hwange National Park. It is possible to visit the Painted Dog Conservation Visitor Centre and learn about the project.
- Private concessions: Throughout Hwange there are private concessions which are managed by various lodges. The general public cannot enter these concessions, so you will have a more exclusive safari experience.
- The Elephant Express: This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a trip on a refurbished duel-engine tram that runs between Ngamo and Dete. It’s a different way to enjoy game viewing, you can move around the tram and enjoy refreshments and your driver can stop the tram at any point if you see something of interest.
- Walking safaris: Depending on where your staying, it’s possible to do a walking safari in Hwange. These are carried out in the private concessions but only when it is safe to do so. It offers another perspective on wildlife viewing.
- Night drives: Private concessions also offer night drives. Witness the park’s nocturnal species that come out after dark such as the aardwolf and aardvark.