Wildlife & Animals – Hwange NP
The elephant population in Hwange is one of the largest in the world. The number of elephants congregating around the waterholes at the end of the Dry season is a sight to behold. All of the Big Five are present and easily spotted, with the exception of the black rhino, which is shy and tends to stick to the bushes.
Hwange is one of the few places in Zimbabwe to see giraffe. All the unusual antelope are resident and spotted quite easily, including greater kudu, gemsbok, sable and roan antelope. Brown hyena can sometimes be spotted at dawn or dusk, and the population of wild dogs is one of the largest in Africa.
Best time for wildlife viewing
The middle and end of the Dry season (from July to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around predictable water sources. At this time it is quite common to see a large variety of animals drinking at the artifical waterholes, and there is always a chance to witness a kill.