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 HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's best known game reserve. The huge tract of land which makes up Hwange, lies along Zimbabwe's eastern border between the towns of Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, making it an easy safari add on to stay at Victoria Falls.

Situated conveniently close (2hrs) to Victoria Falls, the park offers a wildlife and wilderness experience seldom matched in today’s Africa. Game viewing is spectacular, made easier by the man-made water holes which dot the park. These  turn the dry scrub land into a place that can sustain the huge and varied wildlife population.

 


The park is known for its large elephant herds, but in reality offers a wide range of wildlife that encompasses the big 5 as well as a multitude of smaller creatures which make a safari in Hwange very rewarding. There is nothing more exciting than seeing bat eared foxes devouring a meal of flying ants after a tumultuous African thunderstorm... or the many ( more than I have seen in any other game park)  jackals both side striped and black backed, looking for an easy meal. These sightings 'flesh out' a safari to create a rich tapestry of memories for you, the guest to take back home.Enjoy this vast safari national park from an open game viewing vehicle or in the comfort of your own 4x4 vehicle.

 


Accommodation in Hwange

Hwange is waiting to be re-discovered and enjoyed. Accommodation options range from humble park board chalets private safari lodges (in or outside the park).  We love Hwange - and right, now while Zimbabwe is still low on the tourism map is the time to go. We were the only South African registered vehicle in the park when we visited Hwange in December 2008. We had such a great time we went back again in December 2009! Read about our travels there in The Big Adventure newsletter.

How to get to Hwange National park:

Daily flights on a scheduled charter offering a seat rate have recently been introduced. These flights link up Hwange with Victoria Falls and Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba so all these great destinations can now be included into a Zimbabwe safari.

Alternatively a road transfer between Victoria Falls and Hwange can be arranged for you. The drive of about two and a half hours is very pleasant, taking you through picturesque countryside dotted with villages and baobab trees. In my opinion at least a one way drive is worth including into your safari. It will bring down the overall cost but it will also give you a sense of place which you cannot get from the sky.

Self drive guests are wandering back to Zim after a long absence. Fuel is available, the main roads are good and the people are friendly. You may come across road blocks, but as long as you have all the required paperwork (and dont speed!) there is no problem.
 WALKING SAFARIS IN HWANGE

 
  A walking safari is the purist way 
  to experience Africa.
  It’s a sensory experience where 
  all the elements are of 
  significance.

  Read more about a walking safari in Hwange.


Experience elephants up close on a walking safari in Hwange
Ngweshla, Hwange National Park
Elephants in Hwange

 

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