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.