Hwange National Park
The largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park’s Main Camp lies 2.5 hours south of the mighty Victoria Falls and only 2.5 hours from our harbour and Masumu River Lodge. Hwange is notorious for its huge elephant population, close to 50 thousand! It is also home to many endangered species. Popular ways to view the wildlife here include walking, game drives and on horseback. ZC&S operate with a number of the best camps and lodges in Hwange National Park as part of their country wide itineraries.
It’s one of Africa’s 10 biggest parks. When it comes to size, Hwange is not only Zimbabwe’s largest national park, but at 14,651-square kilometers (5,656-square miles), it’s also one of the 10 largest parks in Africa.
You can “hide out” – Regardless of what lodge you stay at, it will likely have a “hide,” and you should definitely check it out. Hides are protected viewing areas, usually located near watering holes, which allow visitors a chance to safely observe animals up close.
It’s Big Five country – Besides the massive elephant population, Hwange is home to some 106 other species of animals, including all the big cats. For bird lovers, there are more than 400 species to watch from here.
Painted dogs are some of the most special animals to spot in Hwange, especially if you manage to see a pack hunting. These African wild dogs are endangered, and less than 5,000 remain on the continent. Zimbabwe is one of their last strongholds.
The Bumbusi National Monument, includes 18th-century ruins and pre-colonial rock carvings and is located on the northern edge of the park. There are also ruins at Mtoa and rock carvings at Deteema.
Best time to travel
April up to October is the best time to visit Hwange National Park – Wildlife viewing in the dry season is better since the waterhole becomes a place where animals gather, while the thinning vegetation makes them easier to spot.