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 kilometres 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.
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. The park is accessible through the Mtoa Gate entrance right across from Hideaways Elephant’s Eye.
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.
For exceptional safaris to Hwange stay at either the Hideaways Elephant’s Eye Tented Camp or Hideaways Nantwich Lodge.