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Hwange National Park is the quintessential Zimbabwe safari destination, offering guests an all-encompassing wildlife experience in the African bush.

Situated in west Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is the largest natural reserve in the country. The park is roughly an hour away from the Victoria Falls, making it the perfect addition to a safari holiday in Zimbabwe. The breathtaking park stretches for 1.4 million hectares and is situated near the edge of the renowned Kalahari Desert. The reserve is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including large herds of elephants and lions, as well as an array of exquisite birds and other creatures. The reserve offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Zimbabwe, and travellers can expect to see a great deal of wildlife all year round. No holiday to Africa is complete without luxury accommodation, and Hwange’s lodges boast fine rooms of the highest standard.

Hwange National Park is situated in Zimbabwe, a diverse country home to breathtaking landscapes, wild animals, and rich fauna and flora. The park’s location is on the main road between Bulawayo – a city in Zimbabwe – and the Victoria Falls. Hwange is about an hour’s drive from the Victoria Falls, making it a superb safari destination for those who wish to visit this magnificent waterfall while staying at the park. Situated in the west of the country, the park is situated near the border of the Kalahari Desert – a semi-arid savanna that stretches across Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

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Remotely nestled away on a huge private concession in the Northern part of Hwange National Park Nehimba Lodge combines luxury living, ultimate elegance and African charm to provide you with an exceptional safari experience. Our 9 spacious thatched chalets are built on teak decks and along with the guest area, overlook the magnificent lodge pan, which are frequented by large numbers of elephants, particularly in the dry season.

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Camelthorn ★★★★

This flag ship lodge is nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just west of Ngamo on the edge of the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centre piece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree. On the edge of the Ngamo Plain, and strategically placed to explore the remote and unspoilt south eastern portion of the park, Camelthorn will also provide a spectacular wilderness experience. Less than a kilometre away from the lodge we have built an underground blind in front of a beautifully located waterhole in the park. Camouflaged as a termite heap and buried under an ancient Mitswiri tree – the photographic opportunities from it are dramatic. Elephants can be photographed from toe level silhouetted against the sky at a distance of 25 feet – and such close proximity to Hwange’s huge bulls is honestly breath-taking.

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Hwange Safari Lodge ★★★★★

The lodge is only 2 hours’ drive from Victoria Falls, a favourite with visitors from all over the world. Home to the world’s largest population of the African elephant, including the presidential herd, Hwange boasts an abundance of other wildlife including buffalo, lion, leopard and a host of other species. The prolific birdlife is a must see for the enthusiast with one of the world’s most diverse population of raptors.

The lodge caters for a diverse range of guests from the lone adventurer to couples, groups, families and tour groups. It offers comfort, modern conveniences and an opportunity to experience the real African wild. Don’t forget, a camera is a must!

Hwange National Park Wildlife and Attractions

Hwange National Park is home to the Big Five as well as one of the largest populations of elephants in the world, and spotting one of these gentle giants on safari is a highlight for any traveller. The park’s wildlife is comprised of 100 species of mammals and almost 400 species of bird, and wild dogs, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, hyena and cheetah are among the animals that roam the reserve. Hwange is also one of the few places in Zimbabwe where you can see giraffe, and it is always a delight to spot these towering creatures on a game drive. Guests can see herds of animals as they gather around waterholes in winter, and both the park’s Ngweshla Pan and Shapi Pan are frequented by many animals who come to the water to quench their thirst. Travellers seeking the best wildlife views can venture to the Nyamandhlovu Pan, a game-viewing platform with sweeping views of the park and its animals.

East Cape Tours can organise a Big Five safari for you in Hwange National Park. Contact us today for a tailor-made African getaway!

Reasons to visit Hwange National Park
  • An African Big Five safari destination
  • Home to all of Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals
  • Famous for its huge elephant herds
  • Large concentration of giraffe
  • Largest game reserve in Zimbabwe
  • Excellent location nearby the mighty Victoria Falls
  • Great selection of luxury camps and lodges
  • Day and night game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Scenic picnic locations and viewing platforms
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