has Africa's Big Five and plenty of them! There
are thousands of elephants and buffalo. Lions
are commonly seen, but the elusive leopard and
rhino are always a bonus to see. This park has
such variety that one hundred different species
have been recorded.
Dry season game-viewing
is assisted by the shallow pans threaded throughout
the park. The natural salt-licks provide elephants
with favourite mud holes for wallowing and sixty
man-made waterholes give much needed water during
the hot parched winter months when everything
else dries up. Several waterholes have raised
wooden hides in which you can spend many hours
observing animals and the interactions between
400 species of
birds are found here making it a bird watchers
paradise, particularly in the wet season.
The largest is the ground dwelling Kori Bustard
who will only take to the air if absolutely
necessary. Abundant food marks the start of
the mating season and crowned cranes prance
in a comical dance and red bishops sport their
startling scarlet breeding plumage. There are
plenty more with long wispy tails, iridescent
colours and loud squawking calls.
Several of Hwange's
safari lodges occupy a private concession and
unlike the public park, night drives are allowed.
One memorable after-dark sight is the Springhare,
who hops around like a miniature kangaroo.
Season: July to September is hot during
the day but can drop to below freezing on particularly
cold winter nights. During these dry months
the animals are concentrated around the man-made
waterholes, without which they would die.
Rainy Season: Big fluffy clouds
release the summer rains and the vegetation
bursts into life. The area has a relatively
low average rainfall of between 22½-25½
inches (570-650 mm) per annum. Temperatures
can reach over 100°F (38°C), while on
average they range from 65-83°F (18-28°C).
Birdlife is most spectacular at this time.
• Thousands of elephants
• Over 100 different types of animals
and 400 species of birds
• Strategically placed viewing hides
• Luxury safari lodges with their own
'off the beaten track' traversing areas
• Night drives - from the private lodges
park covers an area of 5,656miles² (14,651km²)
with an average altitude 3,300 ft (1,000m) above
It is situated on the main Bulawayo to Victoria
Falls road in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe
and borders Botswana.
Hwange has 300miles (480km) of roads, many of
which are all weather but some get boggy during
the rainy season and are closed. There is no
off-road or night driving in the National Park.
This is a malarial area.