Situated a mere 100km from Victoria Falls, Hwange, at 14 651 km², is Zimbabwe's largest game reserve. It has it all when it comes to attractions; expect varied habitats and vegetation types, 100 species of mammals, nearly 400 bird species and multiple accommodation offerings in and around the park.
The park is predominately Kalahari sandveld supporting teak and mopane woodlands, dry Acacia scrub and is interspersed with saltpans and grasslands that support enormous species diversity and provide a true wilderness experience.
Located on the border with Botswana, Hwange has, since it was proclaimed 75 years ago, been home to some of southern Africa's last great elephant, buffalo and sable herds. On a Hwange National Park safari discover some of the highest mammal diversity for any national park in the world. White rhino is another special sight to see here; these animals have recently been trans-located into this protected park.
The park is also home to a varied bird community. Typical drier Kalahari birds include Kori Bustard, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Scaly-feathered Finch, Cut-throat Finch, Red-eyed Bulbul, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Black-cheeked Waxbill and Southern Pied Babbler. In the summer months the bird list is greatly increased by migratory species like Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Black Kites, Broad-billed Rollers, various cuckoo species, Abdims Storks and European Bee-eater.
Holidays including the Hwange National Park are a fantastic way to discover the iconic South African landscape. It is the perfect destination for family safaris in Zimbabwe, with guaranteed sightings of some incredible animals. Equally it is a wonderful destination for a unique Zimbabwe honeymoon and will guarantee an unforgettable experience.
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Little Makololo is one of Hwange National Park's best properties. Intimate and exclusive there are only 6 canvas and timber rooms and game viewing is exceptional, with strong elephant sightings and a hide from which to view a nearby waterhole.
Delivering a traditional tented safari, Davison's Camp is found in a private concession in the game rich Hwange National Park. Watch animals come to the waterhole - very popular with elephant in the winter - and enjoy exciting game drives and walks.
A fantastic camp sporting contemporary safari chic and nearby the game rich Ngamo Plains. Stay in comfortable luxury tents and look out over the waterhole.
A small intimate camp with its own waterhole, Somalisa Acacia is found in a private concession and is the perfect base for exploring Hwange. Stay in one of 4 comfortable tents to take in superb elephant and buffalo sightings.
Set on the border of the Hwange National Park, this safari lodge is a large property overlooking a waterhole, the swimming pool and the savannah. Enjoy delicious bush dinners and spectacular game viewing.
Having been voted 'Best Tented Safari Camp' in Zimbabwe on 13 occasions, The Hide offers an exceptional safari experience. Delivering warm hospitality and superb game viewing, with a waterhole alongside camp, take in sightings of elephant, zebra and lion too.
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