​User Reviews – Hwange NP

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Bruce Monroe   –  
United States US
Visited: March 2015 Reviewed: Apr 30, 2015

65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Hwange provided wide open spaces with no other people in sight and only animals as far as we could see.
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The accommodations, service and food at Davidson's Camp were superlative. It was more like staying in a fine hotel than in a camp. I have never been so comfortable while being so close to nature. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. When we asked to spend a little longer time at certain places, rather than constantly moving, it was not a problem. The enthusiasm of the staff seemed to reflect a genuine appreciation of the wildlife around them and their dedication to preserving it. At the end of the rainy season the grass was tall and it may have made it a bit more difficult to spot some of the animals, but everything was green and lush providing a beautiful background for what we saw. We saw plenty. We kept returning to one watering hole for sundowners that was surrounded by open savannah with grazing animals all around us as far as we could see. The elephants parading by us in large groups never got boring.

bastian birk   –  
Germany DE
Visited: September 1996 Reviewed: Dec 4, 2011

Email bastian birk  |  50-65 years of age

If you're into bush vibe, this park is a great destination; not so much so if you're into wildlife.
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Hwange National Park is quite a large national park, which gives off a really nice bush vibe since it is definitely not overrun with tourists at all, neither in minibuses or private vehicles. Due to the vegetation of rather dense miombo woodland, you can see wildlife practically only at the many waterholes; safaris consist therefore of driving from waterhole to waterhole. Due to the overpopulation of elephants you'll see a lot of these! It seems the mismanagement of Zimbabwe by the current regime has had a surprisingly limited influence on the park in terms of wildlife. Conclusion: if you're into bush vibe, Hwange National Park is a great destination; not so much so if you're into scenic beauty or wildlife.

T Sharp Visited: June 2008 Reviewed: Nov 22, 2011

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I truly enjoyed the park in Hwange, and it was very apparent why it is such a desired safari destination. I saw a lot of wildlife, which was not only varied, but seemed thriving. It is an interesting mix of flora and fauna, and I hope to be able to return soon.

Swenglishnick & Zimgirl   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: December 2007 Reviewed: Oct 10, 2011

Email Swenglishnick & Zimgirl  |  35-50 years of age

Enjoying a great park on a budget
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We visited Hwange in December which is a little far into the rainy season to see the most animals. The best time to visit is in September when the water holes are great places to spot the wide range of animals in the park.
We stayed in the rustic National Parks cottages which, even in the middle of shortages that were affecting Zimbabwe, were great places to stay and very cost-effective.
We did not have a 4x4 but found there to be ample routes around the park for a normal 2 wheel drive car. We saw a wide selection of antelope, giraffe, cheetah and zebra. We were sad to miss out on the elephants but they had disappeared off into the bush because of the rains. We also got great views of the Black Rhino at the nearby Hwange Safari Lodge.
When we were not self-driving, we went on some excellent guided drives with extremely knowledgeable local guides.
At that time of year, the birding was excellent and could fill in the periods when the larger game was not visible.

Mr Ush   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: July 2007 Reviewed: Oct 7, 2011

35-50 years of age

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the area around Hwange is beautiful

kboaler   –  
Australia AU
Visited: August 2009 Reviewed: Sep 22, 2011

20-35 years of age

Overall rating

Lots of elephants!

Schroeder   –  
Germany DE
Visited: September 2008 Reviewed: Sep 22, 2011

35-50 years of age

One of the biggest in Africa, good bush experience.
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Plenty of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes. Water pumps were working thanks to private initiative!

tidingstendai   –  
Namibia NA
Visited: May 2011 Reviewed: Jun 23, 2011

Email tidingstendai  |  35-50 years of age

Overall rating

Great Park with huge elephant population

www.wlasnadroga.pl   –  
Poland PL
Visited: September 2013 Reviewed: Aug 26, 2015

Email www.wlasnadroga.pl  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Not crowded safari
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We were cycling in Zimbabwe and wanted to have Safari in Hwange National Park. Because there is not allow to cycling to main camping site, we took small truck. Hwange Park is the biggest in Zimbabwe but not crowded. There was only few cars with tourists. Camping site was empty. There were only two tents together with our. We had opportunity during Safari to see elephants, giraffes, warthogs, antelope. Additionally by binocular we saw a lion.

Nico Roets Visited: October 2010 Reviewed: Aug 16, 2011

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Hwange appears to be suffering from poaching in certain areas. The bush vibe is wonderful and the birding excellent.

Average User Rating

  • 4.7/5
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