Walk with the Elephants of Hwange

The imposing image of the elephant may as well be the official symbol of Hwange National Park. As home to one of the largest elephant herds in the whole of Africa, it should come as no surprise that - spanning an area of 14,600km² - it is also the largest (and oldest) national park in Zimbabwe.

Hwange is arguably one of Africa’s very best game-viewing destinations. This massive park and its creatures can be explored on foot, on horseback, or on a game drive. Hwange’s impressive range of wildlife - lion, leopard, rhino, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, gemsbok, hyena, wild dog, and more - is mirrored by the diversity of the park’s environment: the sandy southern part of the park skirts along the Kalahari Desert and is dotted with semi-arid shrubbery, while the northern grasslands are thick with granite outcrops and groves of teak and mopane trees. 

Laying just off the main road that runs between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, Hwange can easily be combined with a visit to ‘the smoke that thunders’. Only about an hour’s drive from Victoria Falls, Hwange is also well-served by an airport for charter flights. Hwange is best visited in the winter months - from June to August - when game-viewing is at its best thanks to wetter waterholes and sparser bush.

Highlights

  • Zimbabwe’s largest and oldest national park
  • Home to one of the biggest elephant herds in Africa
  • A paradise for birdwatchers with over 400 species of birds recorded here
  • Discover a myriad of wildlife on foot, on horseback, or on a game drive
  • Hwange’s population of wild dog is believed to be one of the largest on the continent

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