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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.

Breeding herd of elephantHwange 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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Suggested itineraries featuring Hwange National Park

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Hwange National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Hwange National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Hwange National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Somalisa, Hwange National Park

      Somalisa Camp


      This beautiful camp is set right in the heart of Hwange National Park, providing a luxurious stay surrounded by wildlife.

    • Elephant's Eye, Hwange National Park

      Elephant's Eye

      First Class

      This lovely eco-friendly lodge has a great position in Hwange. There are just eight tented chalets, raised on wooden platforms to enjoy uninterrupted views over a waterhole which is regularly visited by elephants and other wildlife.

    • Davison's Camp, Hwange National Park

      Davison's Camp

      First Class

      Davison's Camp lies in a remote north-eastern corner of Hwange National Park within the Linkwasha Concession. Game activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles or guided walks.

    • Bomani Tented Camp, Hwange National Park

      Bomani Tented Camp


      Bomani Tented Camp is an authentic, characterful Zimbabwean safari camp, located on the edge of the vase Ngamo Plains in eastern Hwange National Park.

    • Forest Villa, Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange National Park

      Camelthorn Lodge

      First Class

      Camelthorn Lodge is the newest addition to the Hwange National Park, located at the edge of the park and the Tsholotsho community concession in a refreshingly shady grove of acacia trees.

    • Little Makalolo Camp, Hwange National Park

      Little Makalolo

      First Class

      Little Makalolo is in the heart of Hwange National Park and is situated overlooking a busy waterhole in one of the best game viewing areas.

    Ideas for experiencing Hwange National Park

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Hwange National Park, and which use the best local guides.

    • Game drive in Hwange National Park
      Game drive in Hwange National Park

      Game drive in Hwange National Park

      Game drive in Hwange National Park

      Hwange ranks among the top national parks in Africa in terms of size, diversity and quantity of game so a game drive is an ideal excursion.

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