Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest and oldest game park. Its sheer size offers a wide range of vegetation, resulting in a great diversity of game.
From the dry southern acacia bush bordering the Kalahari Desert to the mopane woodlands, valleys and granite hills characteristic of the north, Hwange is certainly something to behold. The National Park is known for its big game, with massive herds of elephants which are especially visible at the end of the dry season in September and October.
Did you know?
- Little Makalolo star bed, overlooking the Madison Pan is a great place to sleep out under the stars.
- You can take part of your journey on the unique ‘Elephant Express’ railway safari. On board you can enjoy uninterrupted game viewing with the train’s open sides and window seats for all passengers with on board guides to help you spot the animals.
- Imvelo and many of the other lodges are heavily involved in protecting wildlife and working to improve the lives of local people, putting tourist revenue into jobs, education, providing clean water and protecting farmers’ crops from roaming wildlife – and in so doing, reducing both human-animal conflict and the need to resort to poaching and other wildlife crimes.
- There is no permanent water in Hwange, so there are 60 manmade waterholes, with solar-powered pumps across Hwange to keep the animals from leaving the parks in search of water and causing conflict with local villagers.
- Many of the waterholes have raised wooden hides, the perfect place to sit and watch who comes to drink.
- Hwange is a great place to see the majestic sable antelopes.
- Lodges in the private concessions bordering the park can take you out on night drives and walks which is not possible in the park itself.