Located between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, bordering Botswana, Hwange National Park covers a 14,500 km2 plateau with an average altitude of 1,000m above sea level. The flora of the park is mostly Acacia woodland set in Kalahari sands, which have blown across from the Botswana desert over many decades. There are 63 man-made water holes in the park due to its arid climate, which pump calcium rich waters to the surface from 60 meters below ground level. With 480 km of game viewing roads network connecting waterholes and outstanding animal concentrations, the park is easily accessible and the most visited park in Zimbabwe – although not overcrowded.
Explore Hwange National Park’s wildlife from Somalisa Camp, a small intimate tented camp on a private concession and tucked away subtly under a canopy of an acacia tree’s, or perhaps stay at Somalisa Acacia for its smaller and exclusive charm & privacy.
If you choose to travel around the region, be sure to include Hwange in your safari itinerary somewhere between Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and Matopos, Mana Pools and Chobe.
The dry season (from July/August, and driest in September and October) is the best safari time at Hwange National Park, as large concentrations of game, in particular elephant herds, must drink from the man made & pumped waterholes to survive in a very hot and dry environment. The rainy season (December to March) will see the wildlife dispersing across the park, and thus making it more difficult to spot them. The summer rains cause vegetation to burst into life, birdlife is spectacular at this time of the year due to the migrants coming down from the Northern hemisphere.