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Hwange National Park

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Hwange National Park

Considered the greatest conservation area in Africa, this is a hidden gem, close to Victoria Falls and so easy to get to.

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's biggest and oldest game reserve and is considered to be one of the greatest conservation areas in Africa. This dry Kalahari region offers a wonderful wilderness experience.

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange boasts an incredible selection of wildlife with over 108 species of mammals, the highest diversity of mammals of any National Park in the world. This makes it a photographer's paradise. The park is probably best known for its elephants, with one of the largest elephant populations in the world. Hwange is also a birder's paradise with nearly 400 birds recorded.

Accommodation ranges from hotel type lodges to basic national park chalets or even luxury privately owned lodges on surrounding private concessions. The most popular area is around Main Camp during peak season (July/August), as this is easily accessible by self-drive visitors.

Just two hours' drive from Victoria Falls, you can easily combine the superb game viewing in Hwange with the thrills of Victoria Falls for an unforgettable safari adventure. For a full wildlife circuit to Zimbabwe's prime national parks, combine Hwange National Park with the beautiful lower Zambezi at  Mana Pools National Park

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  • What and where

    Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's biggest and oldest game reserve and is named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange Rosumbani. Hwange National Park is on the northeastern border with Botswana and part of the same eco-system as Chobe National Park, well known for extraordinarily large herds of elephants. 

    Just two hours drive from Victoria Falls, the park is roughly 14,650km² and consists of savanna, scrubland and scattered woodland.

    What is the best time of year to go?

    This is a year round option. The winter months between June to September can be chilly at night but days are clear, sunny and warm. The summer months November to March experience heavy rain storms, usually in the afternoons with hot, sunny weather otherwise.

    The park has low rainfall and is struggling to maintain its water facilities. In the north of the park, the vegetation has become sparser due to the shortfall of water and the natural pans make for great game viewing during the dry season. The park's extreme diversity with arid semi-desert in the west and lush teak forest in the east, is what makes it unique.

    How to get there

    By air from Johannesburg, Lusaka or Harare. Zimbabwe has an impressive road infrastructure by African standards particularly between the major centres. Car hire is available but expensive. Many regional clients successfully self-drive into Victoria Falls via Zimbabwe, Zambia or Botswana. 

    The rail network is not extensive, serving Bulawayo and Victoria Falls best. The rail safaris between the two towns are very successful.

    Wildlife

    Hwange has over 108 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded including around 50 different types of raptor.

    Mammal species include elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard, white and black rhino, painted hunting dog (thought to be the largest populations in Africa), cheetah, hyena, giraffe, sable, kudu, eland, waterbuck, wildebeest, impala, zebra, baboon, jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog and many other smaller species.

    Conservation

    Friends of Hwangeperform an incredible job maintaining the water facilities and keeping many of the pumps in working order from privately

    The Hwange Lion Project and the Painted Dog Conservation project are both very active in the area.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation ranges from hotel type lodges to basic national park chalets at Robins, Sinamatella and Main Camp to luxury privately owned lodges on surrounding private concessions. 

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

What and where

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's biggest and oldest game reserve and is named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange Rosumbani. Hwange National Park is on the northeastern border with Botswana and part of the same eco-system as Chobe National Park, well known for extraordinarily large herds of elephants. 

Just two hours drive from Victoria Falls, the park is roughly 14,650km² and consists of savanna, scrubland and scattered woodland.

What is the best time of year to go?

This is a year round option. The winter months between June to September can be chilly at night but days are clear, sunny and warm. The summer months November to March experience heavy rain storms, usually in the afternoons with hot, sunny weather otherwise.

The park has low rainfall and is struggling to maintain its water facilities. In the north of the park, the vegetation has become sparser due to the shortfall of water and the natural pans make for great game viewing during the dry season. The park's extreme diversity with arid semi-desert in the west and lush teak forest in the east, is what makes it unique.

How to get there

By air from Johannesburg, Lusaka or Harare. Zimbabwe has an impressive road infrastructure by African standards particularly between the major centres. Car hire is available but expensive. Many regional clients successfully self-drive into Victoria Falls via Zimbabwe, Zambia or Botswana. 

The rail network is not extensive, serving Bulawayo and Victoria Falls best. The rail safaris between the two towns are very successful.

Wildlife

Hwange has over 108 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded including around 50 different types of raptor.

Mammal species include elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard, white and black rhino, painted hunting dog (thought to be the largest populations in Africa), cheetah, hyena, giraffe, sable, kudu, eland, waterbuck, wildebeest, impala, zebra, baboon, jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog and many other smaller species.

Conservation

Friends of Hwangeperform an incredible job maintaining the water facilities and keeping many of the pumps in working order from privately

The Hwange Lion Project and the Painted Dog Conservation project are both very active in the area.

Accommodation

Accommodation ranges from hotel type lodges to basic national park chalets at Robins, Sinamatella and Main Camp to luxury privately owned lodges on surrounding private concessions. 

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