Hwange National Park is Zimbabwes largest national park, located in the far west of the country along the border with Botswana. It covers an area of over 14,000 square km.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park boasts more than 100 different mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores, and over 400 species of birds. With up to 30000 elephants, Hwange is one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa. All Zimbabwe's specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of wild dog to be found in Hwange is thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today. Prides of lions are also common.
Hwange National Park includes many diverse habitats including teak forests, palm islands, Kalahari savannah and acacia woodlands.
The landscape includes desert sand to sparse woodland as well as grasslands and granite outcrops. Due to the lack of water, man-made waterholes were introduced to sustain the animals through the dry season. The park has an interesting variety of landscapes with one part running alongside the North-eastern end of the Kalahari desert. The south is sandy with extensive forests and open grassland. A feature of the area is ancient fossil dunes - ancient sand dunes held together by vegetation.
There are still relatively few safari lodges in Hwange, despite being one of Africa's prime game viewing destinations. The small number of visitors, allow guests to experience a Hwange safari away from the crowds.
Dry Season: July to September is hot during the day but can drop to below freezing on particularly cold winter nights. During these dry months the animals are concentrated around the man-made waterholes, without which they would die.
Rainy Season: Big fluffy clouds release the summer rains and the vegetation bursts into life. The area has a relatively low average rainfall of between 22-25 inches (570-650 mm) per annum. Temperatures can reach over 100°F (38°C), while on average they range from 65-83°F (18-28°C). Birdlife is most spectacular at this time.
The park is situated on the main road between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. The road is good tarred road for the entire distance and is lined by hardwood trees in parts ? making it an enjoyable journey from Bulawayo. The road network in the park is generally fairly good. There are a number of hides at man-made dams that allow visitors to get out of their cars. This is allows self-drive visitors to Hwange an opportunity of seeing the park and wildlife from a different perspective than just their car.
Scheduled flights fly from Victoria Falls and Bulawayo.
Although Hwange borders on northern Botswana, there is no border crossing open to the public.
Featured Hwange National Park safari lodge maps
Little Makalolo Camp map
: Little Makalolo is located within the Hwange National Park
Makalolo Plains map
: Makololo Plains camp is one of the few camps in Hwange National Park
The Hide Camp map
: The Hide Camp is a tented safari camp inside the majestic surroundings of the Hwange National Park.
Giraffe Springs Camp map
: Giraffe Springs is located within a private area of the Hwange National Park. It is situated in a secluded area overlooking one of the park's large waterholes, which remains wet for most of the year.
Linkwasha Camp map
: Linkwasha Camp is situated in a private area in south-eastern part of Hwange National Park. The camp is set in a most beautiful location in the middle of a broad plain overlooking the camp's waterhole.
Little Linkwasha Camp map
: Little Linkwasha Camp is situated in a private area in the south-eastern part Hwange National Park. It is a 6-bedded camp.