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Hwange teems with wildlife, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and even gemsbok are all present.

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, it is Zimbabwe’s largest park and was inhabited by San bushmen before being designated a national park in 1929.

Of the apex predators, lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah are regularly seen, along with African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and hyena. The diverse landscapes of teak forests, sandveld, ilala palm islands, savannah and acacia woodland make for a rewarding and interesting safari.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African wildcat, honey badger, leopard, sable, wild dog
  • Where: Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Scenic Splendour & Wildlife Wonders

This safari travels to Busanga Plains in the northern sector of Zambia’s Kafue National Park, home to huge herds of lechwe and puku and an exceptionally high density of lion, before taking in the mesmerising Vitoria Falls. The final stop is wildlife-rich Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest national park.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Scenic Wonders of Kafue & Hwange

This journey takes in some of Africa’s finest wilderness: Kafue is one of Zambia’s best kept secrets and it is home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife, and Hwange National Park in neighbouring Zimbabwe teems with impressive fauna and flora.The mesmerising Victoria Falls provide a suitable end to this stunning trip.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wild Zimbabwe

Enjoy game drives, walks and canoe safaris in Zimbabwe's two principal wildlife assets. Your first base is luxury tented camp in Hwange National Park, home to huge numbers of elephants, before experiencing a completely different perspective exploring the river and floodplains of Mana Pools.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wings over Zimbabwe

This trip idea makes the most of your time by flying between comfortable safari lodges and tented camps. From the imposing spectacle of Victoria Falls, head to Hwange National Park, renowned for its elephant and buffalo herds. Continue with spectacular aerial views of Lake Kariba to Mana Pools in the Lower Zambezi.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Zimbabwe Highlights

This flying safari is a combination of some of the most diverse and spectacular wildlife areas in Zimbabwe. The journey starts at the unforgettable Victoria Falls, before taking in the country’s foremost national park, Hwange. The final stop is Mana National Park, famed for its scenery and magnificent wildlife viewing.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Davison’s Camp

Located in a remote north-eastern corner of Hwange, this classic tented camp is tastefully concealed within a grove of false mopane trees. It has an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators and offers a wonderful bush experience.

Little Makalolo Camp

This small camp lies in a grove of teak trees at the heart of Hwange National Park, overlooking a busy waterhole. Activities centre on guided day and night game drives in the Makalolo Concession, one of the best areas to see herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.

Somalisa Camp

This intimate camp lies in the Somalisa concession in Hwange, Zimbabwe's foremost national park. Tucked away on an island, its location virtually guarantees encounters with African wildlife from the moment you step out of your tent – you may even find elephants drinking from the plunge pool!

The Hide

Surrounded by a private concession within Hwange National Park, this established, family-owned safari camp has a selection of luxury canvas tents, all overlooking a waterhole. Facilities include a plunge pool plus two comfortable hides for wildlife viewing, and there is an option to sleep out in a treehouse.