Hwange

Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange supports more than 100 species of mammal and over 400 species of bird.

Located in Zimbabwe’s northwest, Hwange National Park is the country’s largest – at roughly 14,650 square kilometres – and its most famous, with plenty of waterholes attracting huge herds of elephant, a key feature of the park. A great diversity of habitats lie within its boundaries, ranging from dense woodland in the north down to semi-desert scrub bordering the Kalahari in the south. This variation in turn supports a dazzling array of species including significant populations of gemsbok, brown hyena and highly endangered wild dog.

Easily reached by air or road from Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park is an excellent safari destination especially if you’re after an authentic big game experience and if you are an avid birder. The safari camps and lodges we’ve featured are located on private concessions so visitors can supplement daytime game drives with gameviewing by vehicle after dark – an activity not generally permitted in public reserves and which will hopefully uncover elusive and mostly nocturnal creatures such as leopard and pangolin.

Guided bush walks can also be enjoyed with guests able to choose from tracking animals such as lion on foot over a few hours to embarking on an exciting multi-day journey walking between remote bush camps. Other life-changing activities available at the properties we’ve handpicked include sleepouts on raised platforms next to busy waterholes and wildlife hides, which afford close-up views of animals and outstanding photographic opportunities.

Whilst Hwange boasts the level of diversity found in parks such as the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kruger in South Africa, it attracts a fraction of the total number of visitors. Hence, any safari in Hwange National Park will feel like you have the wilderness mostly to yourself.

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Hwange Highlights

  • Zimbabwe’s largest and most famous national park, easily reached from Victoria Falls
  • An African elephant stronghold, with impressive herds found in the park
  • Safari lodges and camps offering authentic experiences
  • Activity options including night drives and guided walks
  • Low visitor numbers, ensuring an exclusive safari experience

When To Go

The dry season, which falls roughly between June and October, is prime time for gameviewing in Hwange National Park as water sources dry up and wildlife are forced to the reserve’s few remaining waterholes. However, the best bird-watching occurs in the wet season (Nov-Apr). In the months following the rains, the vegetation is fresh and green, with plenty of baby animals about.

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Accommodation

The following are some of the lodges that we recommend in the Hwange National Park region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Davison’s Camp

Tucked beneath shady trees in the game-rich Linkwasha Concession within Hwange National Park, Davison’s Camp comprises of 9 classic tented suites.

Ivory Lodge

Intimate Ivory Lodge is part of the home range of the Presidential herd of elephants, made famous by Alan Pincott and symbolic of Zimbabwe’s commitment to wildlife conservation.

Linkwasha Camp

Linkwasha Camp nestles in an exclusive private concession in Hwange National Park’s remote southwest, next to a pan that attracts prolific game all year round.

Little Makalolo Camp

Intimate Little Makalolo Camp lies in one of the most prolific gameviewing areas in Zimbabwe’s magnificent Hwange National Park, with wildlife in abundance all year round.

Somalisa Camp

Tucked away on a secluded island surrounded by seasonally inundated floodplains, Somalisa Camp offers guests a stylish base from which to discover the richness of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

The Hide

The Hide is a family-run classic safari camp in Zimbabwe's fantastic Hwange National Park that has remained hugely popular for over 25 years.

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Zimbabwe Overview

Why should I travel to Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe offers amazing wildlife experiences, from the safari parks and reserves along the mighty Zambezi River and Lake Kariba to the vast wilderness of Hwange National Park. The jewel in the country’s crown is the spectacular Victoria Falls. The country has a long history and the ancient stone city of Great Zimbabwe gave the country its name.

When is the best time to go to Zimbabwe?The dry season (May-Oct) is the best time for gameviewing as the bush dries out and game congregates at the precious remaining waterholes. Late in the dry season, there will be much less water going over the Victoria Falls, whilst at the height of summer there will be a lot of spray and it may be more difficult to see the falls.

What is the culture of Zimbabwe? Zimbabweans are known for their rich culture, dance and music traditions. They are also recognised for their fine art and craft including basketware, pottery and the famous Shona stone sculptures. The two main tribes are the Shona and the Matabele.

What is the climate in Zimbabwe? Moderate climate (22°-29°C) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-Oct when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from Jun-Aug. Oct is the hottest month. Rain falls regularly in the summer (Nov-Mar/Apr) turning the bush lush and green.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with? Zambia, Botswana or South Africa. Chobe National Park in Botswana is just across the border and can be easily reached by road from Victoria Falls. Zambia and the town of Livingstone is across the river from Victoria Falls.

How to get to Zimbabwe? Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. Alternatively you can easily take a road transfer from Livingstone in Zambia or from Botswana. For an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience travel by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

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