Founded in 1928, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife reserve. Due to heavy settlement in the north of the country during colonial times, the park was cut off from the vast routes historically used for the annual migrations for animals. Because of this there is no permanent surface water source in the park and wildlife is sustained by a series of pumped waterholes.
Despite this odd set of circumstances, the wildlife is quite prolific and diverse. Visitors can expect to see lion, elephant, buffalo & leopard. Rhino were reintroduced in the park in the first about 2008 and thus far they have slowly taken hold. Hwange also offers good habitat for cheetah and wild dogs.
We normally include Hwange in itineraries that include Victoria Falls and also a second safari destination like Mana Pools in Zimbabwe or the various options in Botswana. Relative to location like the Okavango Delta, Hwange offers a reasonably priced safari at a nice value.