Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest and most famous National Park, almost 15 000sq kms in size and with one of the highest game concentrations in Africa. Originally the royal hunting ground of Mzilikazi (warrior chief) it was proclaimed a national Park in 1929.
The Park has over 100 mammal and 400 bird species and is probably most famous for its extensive elephant population, There is no permanent water in the park, everything is pumped into waterholes from deep underground. This means that from May/June onwards, the place literally pumps. All the natural pans would have dried up and every living thing now depends on the pumped waterholes. Just sit, be patient and they will come………. Herds of elephants – some in their hundreds, and every other species of game imaginable, will come down to slake their thirst. For this reason alone Hwange National Park provides visitors with a fantastic “game-viewing” experience and is a definite “must” for the discerning traveller.
Why we like it – it’s only 2 hours by road from Victoria Falls, it has some super lodges and camps in different habitats. Most of these are “stand alone lodges” so we can offer a “varied experience” The walking safaris at the camps are fantastic. With the diverse habitat you can easily offer two destinations within the park to the same clients. It has some unbelievable operator campsites (private) that can be used for mobile safaris.
Accommodation options in Hwange National Park
Within Eastern Park
The Hide, Somalisa Safari Lodge, Little Makalolo, Davisons Camp,
Camp Hwange, Nehimba Camp
Mobile Camping , Specialist walking safaris, Escorted Tours & self drive options
Bordering the Hwange National park
Ivory Safari Lodge, Ivory Khulu, Hwange Safari lodge, Elephant Eye
How to get there
by road from Bulawayo – 3 hours or from Victoria Falls – 2 hours or a short charter flight from Victoria Falls or the other camps in northern Zimbabwe. Most but not all camps in Hwange have their own airstrips.