Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe.
Located on the border with Botswana, its 1.4 million hectares are home to a rich variety of different habitats, vegetation and wildlife.
The park's mopane and teak woodlands, grasslands and scrub areas provide a true wilderness experience and some fantastic game viewing opportunities.
Hwange was proclaimed a national park over 75 years ago and is known for its herds of buffalo and elephant and a huge diversity of over 100 different mammal species. Black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, baboon, porcupine, aardwolf, spotted hyena, caracal, leopard, African wildcat, lion, southern giraffe, hippo, warthog and Burchell's zebra are all found in Hwange to name just a few! The large numbers of plains game and antelope in the park provide a rich source of food for the predators. A number of white rhino have also recently been reintroduced to Hwange.
The park boasts superb birdlife. Kalahari birds are found here including red-billed spurfowl, crimson-breasted shrike, Kalahari scrub-robin, cut-throat finch, red-eyed bulbul and southern pied babbler. The plains are alive with pipits, larks and wheatears while raptors including the martial eagle are also plentiful. In the summer months the bird list is greatly increased by migratory species like southern carmine bee-eaters, black kites and broad-billed rollers.
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Places near Hwange National Park
- Victoria Falls 173 kilometers away
- The Zambezi Riverfront 206 kilometers away
- Bulawayo 211 kilometers away
- Matobo National Park 228 kilometers away
- Lake Kariba 259 kilometers away
- Matusadona National Park 308 kilometers away
- Great Zimbabwe 444 kilometers away
- Mana Pools National Park 449 kilometers away
- Harare 463 kilometers away
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