As Zimbabwe’s premier game viewing destination and flagship national park, safaris to Hwange are all about seeing the abundance of wildlife and birds. Hwange Park is ideal for game viewing drives, bush walks and bird watching.
One of Hwange's major strengths as a game viewing destination is that it is less crowded than other game parks in the region, particularly in the southern and eastern areas. If you are looking for a more remote and quiet safari experience then Hwange in Zimbabwe comes out tops.
If you want to see the Big Five of Africa - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant then Hwange is a superb choice. Elephants and buffalos are particularly plentiful, with vasts herds roaming the bush here. Hwange also has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent place for sighting predators, especially lions. Chances of seeing leopards and rhinos are also good, so with any luck you should be able to tick off all of the Big Five.
The national park has very limited natural surface water, depending entirely on watering holes in the dry season. The Big Five and other wild animals congregate at these waterholes making for excellent wildlife sightings in Hwange.
Most of the safari camps and lodges offer walking safaris in Hwange and the private concession areas dotted in and around the national park. The walking safaris are conducted with professional guides, armed for your safety, and range from short morning bush walks to multiple-day trips focussed on walking.
Exploring the African bush on foot is an exhilarating experience, especially in a game park like Hwange where various big animals are often encountered up close. The walking safaris also provide a unique prespective of the bush, revealing the details of Hwange's diverse habitats and its smaller inhabitants.
Hides are set look-out structures, usually hidden or concealed in the bush, and are considered one of the best ways of getting up close to wild animals. Game viewing hides are relatively uncommon in African game parks, but Hwange has a number of permanent hides for game spotting and bird watching. In fact Hwange is said to be one of the best places in Southern Africa for viewing game from a fixed hide.
One of our favourite lodges in Hwange is The Hide Safari Camp; which features several well-positioned look-out hides, as its name suggests.
Hwange National Park Safaris are centered around game viewing drives, typically conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons from all of the lodges. The guides and game rangers in Hwange are generally well trained and knowledgeable, offering a high standard of service on most safaris.
Given the relatively few number of safari lodges in Hwange, you are less likely to encounter other vehicles on your game drives in this remote and untamed African wilderness.
It's not just the Big Five that you can expect to see on game drives in Hwange, home to over 100 mammal species. Wildlife sightings include cheetah, caracal, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra, as well as antelopes such as eland, impala, kudu, gemsbok, roan and sable. Hwange is also home to the largest surviving population of endangered African Wild Dogs on the continent.
On most game drives you encounter the diverse landscapes of Hwange, ranging from arid deserts and acacia scrublands, to hardwood forests and fossilised sand dunes.
Night drives are a highlight on any African safari and Hwange is no exception, offering thrilling night drives in the private concession areas. Many of the private lodges offer night game drives, taking you in search of the nocturnal animals of Hwange. The smaller nocturnal predators often sighted on night drives, include serval, civet, bat-eared foxes and genets.
Hwange is a birdwatching haven, home to over 400 species of birds, including numerous migratory species. The exceptional diversity of habitats supports an incredibly wide range of birds, with the rainy season (mid November to mid April) being best for bird watching. The best spots for bird watching are of course the watering holes and pans scattered across Hwange.
Birding highlights include Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Amur Falcons, Arnot's Chats, Racket-tailed Rollers, Lilac-breasted Rollers, Southern Ground Hornbills, flamingos, Crimson-breasted Shrikes, Red-creasted Korhaans, Secretary Birds, pelicans, Martial Eagles, Kalahari scrub robins and the list goes on.
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