Sheer immensity and extraordinary wildlife epitomise Zimbabwe's largest national park
Hwange National Park is one of Africa's safari greats. At almost half the size of Belgium, Zimbabwe's largest national park is a vast and brazen showcase of the country at its most iconic. Beyond its dramatic savannah landscapes and wild forests, this Big Five heavyweight has a biodiversity so extraordinary it's matched only by the wildlife of the Serengeti and Kruger National Park. This is classic safari territory; lions, leopards and buffalo are all regularly spotted and its wild elephant population is one of the largest in the world. Where unforgettable experiences combine with some of the best game viewing on the continent, Hwange National Park is fast becoming one of the most sought-after safari destinations in Africa.
Hwange National Park holiday highlights
Once the former royal hunting grounds for the Ndebele kings, today Hwange is the largest, oldest and most historic national park in Zimbabwe. From its dense acacia forests to the saltpans, golden savannahs and the wild palm-fringed plains and grasslands, it's a humble landscape of epic contrasts that epitomises the very raw and natural beauty of wild Africa.
Hwange's spirit lies in its fantastic biodiversity. From the classic Big Five to 45,000 wild elephants, it's a land of giants and powerful big cats. Then there's the incredible birdlife – it's a birdwatching haven, with more than 470 different bird types known to call the park home. Against the vehicle-studded plains of the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti, safari experiences at Hwange are both more intimate and immense. There are far fewer crowds and just a handful of game lodges within its borders, plus a larger concentration and diversity of wildlife – game viewing here is without doubt exceptional.
Where is Hwange National Park?
In the far western corner of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is just a few hours south of Victoria Falls. Easily accessible by both road and train, it's huge – at almost half the size of Belgium, it's a top ten in the largest national parks in Africa.
When to visit?
Zimbabwe has a sub-tropical climate so is a great destination to visit year-round. We recommend heading to Hwange during the dry season (our summer months) as wildlife viewing opportunities are most prolific here between July and October.