"Reputably one of Africa’s finest parks for more than 80 years, and once believed to sustain the greatest variety and density of wildlife compared to any other conservation area in the world, Hwange National Park continues to shine and shroud itself in the outstanding beauty of nature’s splendour.
The park maintains the distinction of being Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife sanctuary and is home to some of the largest herds in Africa. Situated on the outskirts of the Kalahari, the park comprises of mudstone and basalt plateau as well as the open plains of the semidesert’s sandveld which offers an increased chance of experiencing the African wildlife.
Keep an eye out when passing the natural salt-licks for mighty mammals because with an estimated count of 30000 elephants roaming these plains, you’re guaranteed to cross paths with mud wallowing elephants. Home to Africa’s most sought after, the Big Five is sure to impress when exploring the landscape in searching for lions, rhinos, buffalo, and if lucky, you may even get to see the solitary and elusive leopard.
With the growth of African ebony, the giant red mahogany, mukwe trees and the Zimbabwe teak attracting and nesting some of the 400 recorded bird species in these protected confines, Hwange National Park is an idea destination for bird watching enthusiasts and twitchers too.
Hwange National Park may be reached by air charter from Victoria Falls or Bulawayo. Scheduled flights from Harare are also an option. The park is easily accessed by road but you will require 4x4 vehicles within the Hwange.
Explore Hwange National Park and spend 3 nights at any of the safari lodges.
"VOLUN-TOURISM: Hwange National Park is the base of the Wild Dog Research Station. Here you will gain the experience of creating awareness, conducting research and promoting rehabilitation of the highly endangered wild dog population. As a volunteer, you will also have the opportunity to explore and gain a cultural understanding of the surrounding local communities and schools.
BUMBUSI RUINS: Situated in the northern regions of the park are the Bumbusi Ruins. Declared a national monument in 1946, the site is believed to house the remnants of pre-colonial civilisation during the 18th and 19th century. The ruins are comprised of sandstone walls, boulders and platforms and regarded as a testament to the Bumbusi Builders."
The northern region of the Hwangwe National Park is well developed and retains a low influx of travellers. Equipped with an airport, a fairly good road network and strategically positioned lodges, the park is an ideal wildlife destination.
Hwange National Park ranges in topography from woodlands and grasslands to rocky outcrops and desert sand.
The area is believed to have once been the home of nomadi San who were displaced by the African tribes. After Chief Hwange and the Rozi tribe where exhiled; the Matabele tribe’s Chief Mzilikazi used the land as royal hunting grounds.
With the arrival of European explorers, much explotation and relentless game hunting took place. This caused much wildlife to seeking shelter in the far western corners of Zimbabwe. In 1928, the Hwange National Park was founded by game ranger,Ted Davidson.
BUSHWALKS: With the expertise of a game ranger, journey into the wild on foot and track down while learning many interesting facts about the wildlife of Hwange National Park. Gain an understanding of the fragile ecosystem, from the flourishing flora to the tiny creatures such as the jumping dung beetle.
With 400 species of birds fluttering throughout the protected sanctuary, spotting any of the 50 species of raptors or even sighting of the crown crane, southern-pied babbler, broad-billed roller and red bishop is an experience worth gaining. Spending some time in the parks many hides and raised lookouts is sure to provide great photographic opportunities.
Hwange National Park experiences its dry season generally between the months of July and September when temperatures are hot during the day but drops below freezing point at night. The rainy season sets in during the months of summer months of December to February.