Hwange

Bordering Botswana and just south of the Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. Covering some 14 000km2, Hwange has an incredibly high concentration of game and is particularly well known for its healthy elephant population of over 30 000, which firmly entrenches it as one of Africa’s last great elephant sanctuaries.

Home to all of the Big Five, Hwange plays host to over 100 species of mammal and guests regularly sight white rhino, buffalo, wild dog, hyena, gemsbok, sable, roan antelope and a host of other nocturnal species. Hwange National Park is a birdwatcher’s haven, with 400 species recorded. The extensive road network, and proliferation of man-made waterholes, means that game viewing is superb and rates amongst the very best in Africa.

Running from July to October, the Dry Season is the best time to visit Hwange National Park as the animals base themselves around the waterholes and spend long periods at them playing and quenching their thirst. This makes for excellent photo opportunities! There is nothing better than watching a playful herd of elephant frolicking in some mud – one of the true joys of Africa. The summer rains bring life to the park and it’s during those times (December to March) that bird watching is at its most prolific.

Visitors to the park are able to interact with it in a number of ways and can choose between walking safaris, game drives and the popular horseback safaris – all accompanied by expertly trained trackers and rangers. There are several great accommodation options in the park, and the lodges are seldom fully booked. Chat to our Zimbabwean travel experts about putting together the perfect Hwange National Park safari today.

 

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Linkwasha Camp

Designed to be Hwange’s most luxurious safari camp, Linkwasha opened in May 2015 to great acclaim. Set in wide savannah grassland overlooking the Makalolo Pan, Wilderness Safari’s newest camp replaces the old Linkwasha as the flagship camp in their game-rich private concession of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, known for its large herds of elephant and prolific lion population. It’s also close to the Ngamo Plains to give excellent year round game-viewing, with a focus on game drives and walking safaris.

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Davison’s Camp

A remote location deep in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, is home to Davison’s Camp, where elephants, sable antelope and buffalo gather around the waterhole in large herds during the dry season. As one of Wilderness Safaris’ adventure camps, Davison’s provides plenty of bush comfort and a more affordable safari experience that is friendly, unpretentious, close to nature and in a prime location.

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Somalisa Camp

An authentic luxury bush camp in prime elephant country, Somalisa Camp is located deep in a private concession of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, shaded by acacia trees and overlooking the wide savannah plains. Its unspoilt, remote setting gives guests the real flavour and romance of Africa, where the only crowds are of elephants, Hwange being known as one of Africa’s great elephant sanctuaries and over 30,000 of them within the park.

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The Hide

The Hide

Voted the “Best Tented Safari Camp in Zimbabwe” on thirteen occasions, The Hide is a well known and much loved luxury camp set in Hwange National Park. What makes The Hide truly special is its blend of both an exceptional safari experience and world-class accommodation: look forward to superb big game viewing, a wide range of activities, warm hospitality and beautiful tented suites at this luxurious and romantic safari camp.

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Elephant's Eye

A welcoming and comfortable tented camp set in a private concession adjoining Zimbabwe’s Hwange National park, Elephant’s Eye is perfectly placed to view the prolific wildlife of the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Easily accessible from Victoria Falls, the private concession has several waterholes attracting elephants, lions and a wide variety of game and offers night game drives as well as guided walks and bird watching. With a natural ozone swimming pool and an appealing spa, there is plenty of opportunity for unwinding in between wildlife viewing too and the smiling staff create a memorable atmosphere for an authentic African safari experience.

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