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Hwange Safari From Victoria Falls - Compare 32 Tours

If you were to visit both Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls on one trip, you really would have the most extraordinary holiday. These are two of southern Africa’s grandest natural spectacles, one a national park filled with lions and elephants and so many other wildlife species, the other an astonishing and formidable force of nature’s power on the biggest possible scale. Combining the two is easy to do, because both are in the same corner of Zimbabwe (although Victoria Falls is also accessible from Zambia). Also, numerous operators have tours and packages that make possible a trip that visits both destinations.

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5 Questions About Hwange Safaris From Victoria Falls

 
 

5 Questions About Hwange Safaris From Victoria Falls

Answered by Anthony Ham

Is a Hwange National Park safari easily combined with Victoria Falls?

“Not only is a Hwange safari from Victoria Falls possible, it’s actually really easy to organize. Victoria Falls is one of the most popular destinations in southern Africa, and almost everyone who visits tries to combine their trip here with a safari. Sometimes that means the two parks that are closest to Vic Falls: Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) or Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). But neither of these has the number or variety of animals when compared to Hwange. From Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the border, Hwange is only around 100km/60mi away by road. It’s a big park, so it may end up being farther than that to get to where you want to go within the park, but it’s still an easy journey. It’s generally best to book all legs of your safari in advance of your arrival. If, however, you haven’t done so for whatever reason, one thing that also works in your favor is that there are lots of tour operators at and around Vic Falls with enough experience to make the arrangements. There’s also plenty of competition, which should help to keep prices down.”

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How do I get to Hwange from Victoria Falls?

“Given the short distance by road between Victoria Falls (on the Zimbabwean side) and the entrance to Hwange, the easiest way to get between the two is by road. A road transfer between the two is possible in under two hours. Remember that Hwange is one of the largest parks in the region, so you may have to drive for almost the same amount of time inside the park again, just to reach your accommodation. While this may take longer, you’ll get to see a lot of the park on your way there. If you don’t have very much time, but you have an unlimited budget, and you’d like to spend more of your time on game drives rather than traveling from A to B, then you could consider an air transfer. Flying from Victoria Falls to an airstrip deep inside Hwange will take less than an hour, and you’ll have some fantastic views on the way in.”

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Which animals can I see on a Hwange safari?

“Hwange is a world-class wildlife-viewing destination. It’s most famous for Dry season (April to October) encounters between lion and elephant, between Africa’s apex predator and its largest land mammal. The lions of Hwange are among few prides in Africa who successfully hunt elephants, and if you’re lucky enough to see it happen, you’ll witness one of the natural world’s truly epic encounters. And don’t forget that Cecil the lion (who was killed by a hunter in 2015) was a Hwange lion, and his descendants still roam the park. Other possibilities in this wonderful park, which is filled with salt lakes, waterholes, and dry woodlands, include leopard, cheetah, sable and roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, oryx and so much more. If you’d like to see the Big Five while on this trip, consider visiting Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (which is close to Vic Falls) to see white rhino, before continuing on to Hwange in the hope of seeing the remaining four.”

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How much time do I need for a Hwange safari?

“The more time you have the better it is for you if you want to go on a Hwange safari from Victoria Falls. For me, an ideal minimum would be a 4-day safari to Hwange (in addition to any time you spend at Victoria Falls). That would mean that you would have 2 half days traveling to and from the park from Vic Falls, plus 2 full days to explore the park itself. Any extra days you can spare will mean that you get to see more of the park and have a better chance of seeing the animals you came so far to see. Four or 5 full days in the park would be perfect. If you have less time than that, you could still make a visit to Hwange. With 3 days, you’ll still have 1 full day in the park, which should mean at least four early morning or late-afternoon game drives. With just 2 days, you could still enjoy two game drives.”

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How much will a Hwange safari from Victoria Falls cost?

“You will have so many different tours and packages to choose from, whether you’re looking for a cheap and affordable safari or something at the luxury end of the market. For the former, a budget camping safari could start at around US$100 to US$150 per person per day. For this price you may end up helping out with chores around camp. For something at the luxury end of the market, expect to pay at least US$400 per person per day, but this could go significantly higher, especially if there are any flights included in your safari package. But these are only rough estimates, because there are so many variables to consider. Factors that can affect the cost of your Hwange safari from Victoria Falls include whether you’re on a private, group or self-drive safari, the season you’re traveling in, how long your safari lasts, and what kind of accommodation you choose. And always ensure that you understand what’s included in any tour price you’re quoted.”

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Hwange Safari Reviews

4.5/5 65 Reviews
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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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Lizzie Williams  –  
South Africa ZA

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

A wildlife extravaganza in an easy game-viewing landscape
5/5

Hwange is Zimbabwe’s answer to a typical African game reserve; unspoiled bush teeming with all the animals people expect to see on safari. But because of the relative lack of visitors in recent years, it’s without the normal...

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Michelle Welch  –  
New Zealand NZ
Reviewed: Dec 28, 2019
4/5

Hwange is a vast area and requires patience and travel over great distances to see the wildlife. There is no fencing so the animals wonder over large areas. We prefer to get away from volumes of commercial tourism so Hwange is the ideal...

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Veronica  –  
Mexico MX
Reviewed: Jul 15, 2019
Beautiful park, few people, and lots of animals
5/5

Hwange is a beautiful park and the safari experience feels quite unique because there are very few cars/ people. It was usually just our car and at times one researcher. The scenery is gorgeous and I saw lots of elephants, anthelopes,...

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Shivakumar  –  
Sri Lanka LK
Reviewed: Dec 23, 2018
Almost perfect but....
4/5

I saw a decent number of animals, however I was informed that I had not chosen the best time to visit the park (in june). At that time trophy hunters were operating in private concessions close to the national park. Apparently that made...

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Joaquín Rivero  –  
Spain ES
Reviewed: Dec 9, 2018
A little-known pearl in the heart of Africa
5/5

Perhaps Zimbabwe is one of those places in Africa where mass tourism has passed by in recent years due to socio-political reasons. May be it is also that same reason that turns a safari into this wonderful national park into a unique...

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