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Teeming with wildlife, Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest national park, home to elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and even gemsbok.

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, the area 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 wildife 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:

African Adventure: Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

Journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to observe southern Africa’s iconic wildlife in some of the continent’s finest national parks. Starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls, highlights include excursions in Hwange, Matobo, Moremi, Chobe and the serene Okavango Delta.

  • When to go: Jun-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Best of Zimbabwe & Zambia

This upmarket flying safari combines three of southern Africa’s most fruitful wildlife areas: Hwange and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, and the vastness of the Kafue in western Zambia. Staying in delightful tented camps in the best locations, enjoy day and night game drives and boat trips to see the abundant wildlife.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Scenic Splendour & Wildlife Wonders

This safari travels to Busanga Plain 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 Victoria Falls. The final stop is wildlife-rich Hwange, 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 premier wildlife and wilderness locations. Explore the rivers and floodplains of Mana Pools, admire the sunsets and the seclusion of Lake Kariba and witness the wildlife of Hwange National Park – home to huge numbers of elephants.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,725 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 Pools, 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 National Park, 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.