​Wildlife & Animals – Hwange NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
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.

The elephant population in Hwange is one of the largest in the world. A highlight of any stay at the end of the Dry season is watching the big herds congregating around the waterholes. Big cat lovers won’t be disappointed either. Lions are very common, and with some luck you might see cheetah or leopard too.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
CheetahOccasional
HyenaCommon
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Hwange is one of the few places in Zimbabwe to see giraffe. Unusual antelope to look out for include greater kudu, gemsbok, sable and roan antelope. Spotted hyena is commonly seen at dawn and 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. During these months 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.

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