Hwange became a national park nearly 100 years ago and as such hosts some of Africa’s finest pristine wilderness. This is where large herds of elephant, zebra and buffalo roam. Great birding can be expected and predator activity is frequent and top grade. There are healthy populations of the big cats and spotted hyena. The park also is home to significant sable and roan antelope populations. The terrain is charachterized by Mopane thickets, rocky ridges and year-round water holes (intended to keep game within the park's boundaries during the dry months). There is a collection of superb luxury lodges on private concessions as well as self-catering and camping accommodation in the official park camps catering for both the more budget-minded traveler and self-drive wilderness safari enthusiasts. The road network is good providing for a fantastic self-drive safari. There is a very basic road network and bumpy jeep tracks are the order of the day.

Why we like it

Great all-round safari experience; Exceptional private lodges; Proximity to Victoria Falls; Solo campsites

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1.4 Million Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Elephant
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hwange Town

Accommodation in Hwange National Park

Bomani Tented Lodge

This luxurious tented lodge is situated in a private concession of the magnificent Ngamo Plain, on the edge of the pristine south eastern corner of Hwange National Park. The main lodge overlooks Bomani pan and comprises of an open dining room, bar area and lounge, built on a spectacular viewing platform. You can enjoy your breakfast whilst watching zebra and…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Camelthorn Lodge

This flagship lodge is nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just west of Ngamo on the edge of the south eastern corner of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The lodge is unique in its style and design, and has at its centre an imposing and age-old Camelthorn tree. On the edge of the Ngamo Plain, and strategically placed to…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Camp Hwange

Camp Hwange is a classic safari camp and is situated in its own private concession, 3 hours drive from Victoria Falls. Camp Hwange is set deep in the Sinamatella area situated in the north of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest park and truly one of its best. The main lodge is made up of a large open plan lounge and…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Hwange National Park

16-day Zimbabwe Tour

Zimbabwe is one of Africa's key wildlife, nature and safari destinations. The landlocked Southern African country is home to the mighty Zambezi River, one of the largest in Africa; the legendary, world-famous Victoria Falls; and several parks and reserves that are sanctuaries for a plethora of large and small game species. The country also features several ancient and historically-significant sites.…

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Duration: 16 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Best of Zimbabwe Tour

This varied and exciting 5-day safari tour combines culture and wilderness to provide a unique safari tour experience. On this tour, you will first visit two of Zimbabwe's National Parks. Hwange National Park is home to large herds of elephants, as well as the other 4 members of Africa's famous Big 5. Matobo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage…

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Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Cape Town to Johannesburg via Victoria Falls

Take yourself on a roller-coaster adventure through the incredible nature and wildlife destinations of Southern Africa. This 24-day tour showcases the best that Africa has to offer. You will visit the stark, haunting desert landscapes of Namibia, marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the South African Cape, and have the chance to see the magnificent, iconic Victoria Falls. On this…

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Duration: 24 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings
Where

Lookout for

Elephant
Black Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Gemsbok
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile
Ostrich

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
Lion
Buffalo


BRIDS
Ground Hornbill
Carmine Bee Eater
Secretary Bird
Martial Eagle
Racket-tailed Roller


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Rock Monitor Lizard
Cape Cobra


TREES
Zambezi Teak
Sand Camwood
Mopane


HABITAT TYPES
Savannah Woodland
Grassland
Thornveld
Open Water


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8.5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 8.5
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 8
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