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
Just two hours drive from Victoria Falls, the park is
roughly 14,650km² and consists of savanna, scrubland and scattered
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
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
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
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.
Friends of Hwangeperform an incredible job maintaining the water
facilities and keeping many of the pumps in working order from
The Hwange Lion Project and the Painted Dog
Conservation project are both very active in the area.
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