Hwange National Park
Size: 1,465,000 ha / 14,650 km2
Species Numbers: * 108 Mammals * 377 Birds * 82 Reptiles
Big Five: Yes - all are present
* One of the largest elephant populations in the world, attracted to the park’s many waterholes during the dry season
* Birdlife is spectacular during the wet season (Nov-Mar)
* Accommodation to suit all budgets
Hwange National Park was founded in 1928 and situated close to the edge of the Kalahari desert, a region with little water and very sparse vegetation. Wildlife is plentiful and all Zimbabwe's specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers.
Hwange is the largest and most popular park in Zimbabwe. It is well known for the impressive concentration of elephants, as well as regular sightings of predators such as lion. The park is also an important breeding ground for African wild dogs, the population found in the park is thought to be of one of the larger surviving groups in Africa today.
Hwange’s landscape is dominated by extensive stands of teak woodlands and rugged hilly areas of exposed rock. There is a large network of shallow pans as well as sixty man-made waterholes which provide much needed water during the dry season. There are wooden hides situated at several of these waterholes from which to observe the animal’s coming and goings.
The park is situated on the main road between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, just over 300km from Bulawayo. Hwange National Park Airport is situated nearby, although there is an unlicensed airstrip at Main Camp for private/charter aircraft. Prior permission to land must be obtained at Main Camp.
* Check road conditions during the wet season (Nov-Mar) as conditions can affect the accessibility of the camps
* The park is in a malaria area so take the necessary precautions
* Visit during the dry season when the game viewing is at its best and time it with a trip to Victoria Falls which is best visited between May to September