Hwange National Park

Overview

Hwange National Park is the largest nature reserve in all of Zimbabwe, spanning 14,650 sq. km. Having been established as a game reserve in 1928, and officially declared a national park in 1961, the park has experienced an extensive history. The park’s name originates from a local Nhanzwa chief and was once the setting of the hunting grounds used by an Ndebele warrior king in the early 1800s. The Hwange National Park’s vegetation is varied, consisting of acacia woodlands and various other tree types and shrubs. The park is also home to an abundance of animals, including each member of the big 5.

Hwange National Park has previously suffered under the hands of poachers who left the elephant population of the park dwindling at less than 1,000 during the parks first years open. The population of elephants since the park’s establishment has been on an incredible rise as numbers now reach over 20,000 and have actually threatened the parks existence due to over-population. The park has also made international headlines as it was the location of one of the largest game animal killings in 2013 when poachers killed over 300 elephants by poisoning their waterhole with cyanide.

Hwange National Park Highlights

  • Zimbabwe’s largest and oldest national park
  • Home to one of the biggest elephant herds in Africa
  • A paradise for birdwatchers with over 400 species of birds recorded here
  • Discover a myriad of wildlife on foot, on horseback, or on a game drive
  • Hwange’s population of wild dog is believed to be one of the largest on the continent

One Of The World's Last Great Elephant Sanctuaries

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Best Time to Visit Hwange National Park

Hwange is at its best in the dry months (July to October), when animals crowd the waterholes. You pretty much have Hwange to yourself in the Wet season (November to April), but animals are more scattered at that time.
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