Holidays to Hwange, Zimbabwe

 

Hwange is having a moment. In 2017, Vogue Magazine described it as the perfect place to see “abundant wildlife and no crowds”, and it was right.

Hwange is located in Zimbabwe’s west and is a stone’s throw from Africa’s ‘Four Corners’, where the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe unite. A small town of just 38,000 residents, Hwange is famous for two quite different things: its industrial roots as the largest coal mine in Zimbabwe and the country’s biggest and most diverse wildlife reserve.

Hwange National Park covers over 14,500 square kilometres, and is unrivalled for its large wildlife population. With around 500 bird species, over 100 species of mammals and an estimated 50,000 African elephants, if you’re looking to see some of Zimbabwe’s diverse wildlife you won’t be disappointed.

Take a safari tour to navigate the expansive mudflats in the dry season or the grasslands of the wet season. Head towards the more remote areas of the park and you’ll struggle to see other people. Instead you’ll find giraffes, lions, leopards and cheetahs. You’ll also see some of Zimbabwe's specially protected animals such as the brown hyena, gemsbok and painted wolves (African wild dogs) which were recently featured on David Attenborough's "Dynasties".

To the north and north-west of the park are the Deka and Lukosi rivers, which attract an abundance of wildlife all year round. Remember to pack your bathing suit as the Tshakabika Hot Springs in the Sinamatella area are not to be missed.

At the Shuma Pans, you’ll find numerous waterholes and a hide ideally positioned for game watching. If you want to spend the night in this incredible setting, there are numerous campsites, a few lodges and rest and picnic areas where you’ll have a front row seat for all the night-time action.

If you can tear yourself away from the wildlife, Hwange is ideally located for a day trip to the spectacular Victoria Falls, which are only a 100 kilometre drive to the north. Whether you want to marvel at the exceptional beauty of the falls, or get in amongst them with a variety of adventure sports such as abseiling and kayaking, you won’t be disappointed by the breathtaking views and stunning scenery.

Highlights

  • Visit Zimbabwe's biggest wildlife reserve

  • See giraffes, lions, leopards and cheetahs

  • Swim in the Tshakabika Hot Springs

  • Praised by Vogue for abundant wildlife and no crowds

Jody
Travel Designer & Safari Expert
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I adore Africa and have lived and worked in South Africa as well as travelling across the wider region. Spotting a leopard during a night safari at Nambiti Private Game Reserve is definitely an experience I'll remember forever.

Hwange National Park trip ideas

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