​Overview – Hwange NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zimbabwe several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zimbabwe expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zimbabwe expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Hwange National Park is the largest and most popular park in Zimbabwe. It offers excellent wildlife viewing, and most big safari animals can be seen, including the Big Five. Hwange is most known for the impressive concentration of elephant that are attracted to the park's waterholes during the Dry season.

Best Time to Go July to October (Dry season)
High Season June to October (Some areas can become busy)
Size 14,650km² / 5,656mi²
Altitude 850-1,133m / 2,789-3,717ft

Pros & Cons

  • • Top wildlife viewing with all of the Big Five present
  • Wide variety of animals
  • Night drives and walking safaris are available at most camps
  • Proximity to the popular Victoria Falls
  • Accommodation options for all budgets
  • Excellent self-drive and self-catering facilities
  • Roads which were previously tarred, and in good condition, have mostly disintegrated

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Wildlife

With over 100 species present, Hwange has the widest variety of mammals of any national park in the world. It also has one of the largest elephant populations. There are 20,000 to 70,000 individuals that congregate around the waterholes toward the end of the Dry season. The park has an impressive variety of antelope, including some of the unusual species such as sable antelope and greater kudu.

Scenery

The park is situated on the eastern edge of the vast Kalahari sands and scrublands. Habitats include teak forest, thornveld and mopane woodland. There is little natural water in the park and animals are dependent on artificial waterholes.

Weather & Climate

Hwange has two clear-cut seasons. The Dry season (April to October) starts off warm before temperatures dip in the middle of the year. Then the heat quickly gets turned up, culminating in the blazing heat of October. The Wet season (November to March) cools things off at first with its stormy weather before settling into a pattern of hot, humid days.

Best Time to Visit

Hwange is at its best in the dry months (July to October), when animals crowd the waterholes. You pretty much have Hwange to yourself in the Wet season (November to April), but animals are more scattered at that time.

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Most Helpful Expert Review
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Paul Murray  –  
United Kingdom UK

Paul is a travel writer, author of the Bradt guidebook to Zimbabwe and is closely involved in promoting tourism to Zimbabwe.

Big Game Metropolis
5/5

Hwange, the size of Belgium, is Zimbabwe’s premier park, one of Africa’s finest. And these days with Zimbabwe’s low tourism figures, you’ll have the park to yourself, giving an excellent, uncrowded, wildlife experience. And with 108...

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Latest User Review
Lynne Ryno  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Dec 1, 2022
5/5

Loved the scenery and abundant wildlife. It was a great time to be there as there many more animals than people.

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