Hwange is the oldest and largest national park in Zimbabwe. It was established in 1928 on the territory where the hunting grounds of the Ndebele royal family used to be. The park is notable for its variety of natural zones and wealth of wildlife and flora. It is home to 105 mammal species, about 400 bird species and about 260 species of trees and shrubs. However, the park’s main pride is the herds of giant African elephants wandering around the park, which tourists can observe from cars or special observation sites. Entertaining safaris are organized in the national park, and several comfortable tourist complexes are opened for guests’ accommodation.
Hwange is located between the city of Bulawayo and Victoria Waterfall. It is an extensive national park with an area of 14,600 square kilometers. Hwange includes a variety of natural areas – Kalahari desert, teak forests, savannah.
From April to August the climate in the park is cool and dry, in September – November it is dry and hot, and from November to March – wet and hot. During the year the air temperature fluctuates on the average from +13 to +28 С.
How to get there
The Hwang can be reached in about two hours from Victoria Falls. It also has its own Hwange National Park Airport.
When it’s better to go
The national park can be visited at any time of year.
There are more than 100 species of wild animals on the territory of Hwange. It is home to one of the largest populations of giant African elephant and buffalo on the African continent. Tourists can observe herds of gray giants right from their cars, but you can find a specially equipped observation deck and admire the water flow of giants. Park’s guests can also meet a lion, cane antelope, giraffe, rhinoceros, zebra, saber antelope, kudu and bazaar. Without fear of hunters and traps, brown hyenas, African wild dogs and leopards also live and breed in Hwang. For those who love birds, these places can be considered the promised land – there are about 400 species of birds. As for the flora, in the park there are about 260 species of trees and bushes and more than 1000 flowers and other plants.