Male lion resting up on a late spring evening in Hwange. Courtesy Mike Myers of Wilderness Safaris.
Highlights of Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

Scroll

This is Zimbabwe’s largest national park. Together with the neighbouring Chobe and Makgadikgadi eco-systems this is a formidable wilderness area.

Davison's waterhole in Hwange, courtesy Mike Myers
Davison’s waterhole in Hwange, courtesy Mike Myers of Wilderness Safaris

Altogether five parks in this vicinity of southern Africa provide critical refuge for many species. Hwange is just a short two-hour drive south of the Victoria Falls.

Sandy soils, miombo and mopane woodlands provide varied vegetation. As a result, the dense concentration of animals is diverse. Water is scarce in the park and is mainly from human-made waterholes. One of the exciting activities visitors take part in is checking the borehole pumps. These are critical to ensure the waterholes fill with sufficient water.

During the winter months, animals gather around these pools in high numbers. Subsequently, the game viewing is superb at this time of the year, June to November. Buffalo and elephant move in particularly big herds through the park. However, there are good numbers of giraffe, zebra, and various antelope, including sable as well. Big cats like the majestic Hwange lions, leopard and cheetah have plenty of prey food. At night aardvark, honey badgers and porcupine all come out to play. Apart from the nightlife, the stars are spectacular in the night skies as there is no light pollution.

The private Makalolo-Linkwasha Concessions in the southeastern corner of Hwange are particularly exciting for game viewing. Grassy plains, woodlands and river valleys host good numbers of wildlife. Sable, roan, wildebeest, gemsbok, wild dog, cheetah, lion, elephant and buffalo are all present.

There are numerous safari camps and lodges throughout the park. Also, self-catered national parks campsites are available for self-drivers.

Accommodation Near

Hwange National Park

Khulu Bush Camp

One of Hwange better kept secrets - a small tented camp with exception...

Little Makalolo

“Little Mak”, Hwange’s original intimate safari camp is a genuin...

Davison’s

A classic safari camp in the heart of Hwange's Linkwasha Concession......

Inspiration

Wildlife Holiday Ideas

Secret safari to Amalinda Camp in Matopos courtesy Amalinda Collection
Zimbabwe
7 Days
Price from
2100
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Zimbabwe courtesy Dana Allen at Davisons for Wilderness Safaris
Zimbabwe
9 Days
Price from
4320
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour Family Holiday
Linkwasha lioness courtesy Dana Allen for Wilderness Safaris
Zimbabwe
9 Days
Price from
6300
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour