Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park is the scene of an impressive wildlife spectacle in northwest Zimbabwe. The largest nature reserve in the country, it occupies around 14 600 square kilometers between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. The vast expanse of Hwange is close to the edge of the Kalahari desert and consists of a variety of landscapes, including semi-arid areas, sparse woodland, grasslands, rocky outcrops and seasonal wetlands.

A safari to Hwange will deliver astonishing sightings of the 40 000 strong elephant population as well as the other members of the Big Five, the endangered African wild dog and rare species like roan and sable antelopes and even monitor lizards! It is also the only protected area in Zimbabwe where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in small numbers. Laying eyes on smaller nocturnal predators like servals, civets and bat-eared foxes can also be expected.

The skies above Hwange are filled to capacity with almost 400 different birds and the bateleur eagle, kori bustard and southern ground hornbill are just some of the most notable species. Combining a safari package to Hwange with an excursion to other top Zimbabwe destinations like Victoria Falls and Mana Pools National Park, or even the renowned Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park in Botswana makes this area extremely popular with travellers to Africa.

Safaris to Eastern Hwange National Park

Choosing Hideaways Elephant’s Eye Tented Camp as your base for a safari to eastern Hwange presents unsurpassed game-viewing in an area where wildlife, especially elephants, are free to roam in large numbers. These big grey beasts, accounting for almost half of the total elephant population in Hwange National Park, are undoubtedly the star attractions of this wilderness with visits to the lodge’s pool a daily occurrence. The area also boasts a healthy population of buffalo, lion and leopard.

Birdwatching is a total delight, as is indicated by the notable achievement of 187 species spotted in a 24-hour period. Discover all that eastern Hwange has to offer on game drives and guided walks led by experienced guides or opt for a unique experience with a horseback safari. The position of our tented camp, Hideaways Elephant’s Eye, in a private concession to the east of Hwange National Park, means it is only 20 minutes by air and less than three hours by road from Victoria Falls.

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Safaris to Northern Hwange National Park

Nestled in the heart of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife reserve, lies the crown jewel of lion sightings lodges: Nantwich Lodge. Renowned among safari enthusiasts and wildlife photographers, this extraordinary lodge offers an unrivaled opportunity to witness the raw power and majesty of lions up close. 

Hideaways Nantwich Lodge is perfectly positioned in the pristine wilderness of Northern Hwange National Park to deliver on the promise of an authentic African safari experience. Situated in the northwest corner of the world-renowned park, Hideaways Nantwich is within reach of both Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. It is a wildlife hotspot, rich in a variety of species roaming the surrounding landscape. These include large herds of buffalo with gathering groups often counting in excess of 270 individuals. Sightings of lion are guaranteed with a resident pride calling the area home while cheetah, civet and the African wild cat are also regularly spotted.

In the northwest of Hwange, there are a handful of archaeological sites, including engravings and rock paintings, dating back to the early Stone Age. A Northern Hwange safari is sure to leave a lasting impression, whether exploring on a morning or afternoon game drive, or taking to the wilderness on foot.

Why Do People Travel to Hwange National Park?

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers for several compelling reasons. Hwange National Park is known for its incredible biodiversity. Visitors can encounter a wide range of animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and numerous bird species. It’s one of the best places in Africa to see elephants, with tens of thousands of them in the park. The park encompasses diverse landscapes, including woodlands, grasslands, and waterholes. The scenery is captivating, making it an excellent place for photography and safaris. The park’s diverse ecosystems offer a rich backdrop for exploration and appreciation of nature.

Hwange National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise. It’s home to over 400 bird species, making it an excellent destination for bird enthusiasts. Bird watching safaris are popular in the park, and it offers great opportunities for spotting both resident and migratory species. Visitors can explore the park through various activities, such as guided game drives, walking safaris, and night drives. These experiences allow people to get up close to wildlife in their natural habitat and learn about the ecosystem.

The park is located in close proximity to local communities, and some lodges and tour operators offer opportunities for cultural experiences, allowing visitors to interact with the indigenous people of the region and learn about their way of life. Hwange National Park is easily accessible, with good road connections and proximity to the town of Victoria Falls, making it a convenient stop for tourists visiting other attractions in the region.

Hwange National Park Safari Packages

For exceptional safaris to Hwange stay at Hideaways Nantwich Lodge.

Read more: Hwange National Park Travel Guide

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