Hwange National Park
The vast spectacle of Hwange National Park
Located in Northwestern Zimbabwe, bordering Botswana, Hwange is easily accessed by air (30 min flight from Victoria Falls) or road, and is the perfect safari vacation add-on after exploring Zimbabwean attractions like the Great Zimbabwe ruins, the mighty Vic Falls or the 2000 million year old Matobo Hills. Its location also makes it convenient to combine with an African safari tour itinerary including Botswana or South Africa.
Hwange’s vast reserve is known for its diversity of wildlife, particularly the large herds of buffalo and impressive concentration of elephants that inhabit its dramatic landscape. The reserve is the home to between 20,000 to 50,000 elephants. Lions are also a prominent feature within the Hwange National Park. There are as many as up to 700 lions within the greater Hwange ecosystem. There is a wide array of accommodation available to suit any budget. The options range from affordable tented camps, to luxury eco-lodges and exclusive hotels.
Best Time to Visit Hwange National Park on Safari:
Wildlife viewing is optimal in the dryer months from April to October. The waterholes attract animals of all kinds and the scrub is less dense. However, the wet summer months from November to April present interesting opportunities for birders. This is when the migratory birds are present and the lush vegetation vibrates with over 420 species of birds, including raptors and grassland birds.
Of the world’s national parks, Hwange National Park is said to have the largest variety of mammals.
Despite its extraordinary biodiversity and rewarding sightings, Hwange is distinguished by its low visitor density.
Hwange provides refuge to almost all of Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals.